Technical Magazine Article

Technical Magazine Article

Rich-Client Deployment in a ZAC-less World I wrote this article which was published in “WebLogic Developers Journal”, a print magazine published by┬áSys-Con Media. The article is a case study describing how one company switched from the application deployment tool built into the BEA WebLogic application server (called Zero Administration Client) to a more full-featured standalone product called DeployDirector. The article assumes familiarity with Java custom software development, Java application servers and deployment, and Java EE. This is a rare example of an article appearing under my own byline. Normally, as a member of the Corporate Communications team at Sitraka and Quest Software, I wrote contributed articles as a “ghostwriter”, which were published under the byline of one of our in-house technical experts. Often I wrote these articles entirely on my own based on source material. On other occasions I worked with the in-house expert on the article, helping them to shape their ideas, editing, writing, interviewing. Collaborators always found me easy to work with and hugely valuable in helping make the article clear, readable, and interesting. I cannot share these ghostwritten articles in my portfolio, unfortunately. Tools Used: Microsoft Word, Snagit View...
Programming Guide

Programming Guide

XRT/table Programmer’s Guide & Reference Manual I designed, wrote, and revised this manual for a “GUI component” software product intended for X Windows Motif developers using the C programming language. The guide is a combined “how-to” guide and API reference manual. The product was provided as a physical boxed product and downloadable, and was available for evaluation before purchase, which made the documentation a key part of the purchasing decision. The “XRT” line of GUI component products became the leading tools of their type in their market. Tools Used: FrameMaker, PaintShop Pro, IXgen, Hummingbird X Windows client View...
Software Getting Started Guide

Software Getting Started Guide

Olectra Chart 5.0 Getting Started Guide I designed and wrote this engaging booklet for a commercial software product for Windows programmers. It was intended both for new users evaluating the product and customers upgrading to the new version. The product had been growing more complex and we had some feedback that users needed something to help them understand the big picture of how the product worked, and how you would get started using it in different situations. The guide provides quick info on installation, an overview of the product, new features, and where to go from here. I believed that the more engaging I could make the content (by style of writing, use of graphics and design), the more effective it would be in achieving these goals. The piece was successful, influencing increased sales and better reviews. The product itself was quite successful in its market, and was eventually sold to another software company when we exited that business. Tools Used: FrameMaker, PaintShop Pro View...
Software Product Ad Copy

Software Product Ad Copy

Sitraka JClass Magazine Ad I wrote the copy for this advertisement for a commercial software product for Java developers, and worked with a graphic designer on the screenshots (I can’t remember if I actually did the screenshots but I may have). It ran in trade publications including Java Developer’s Journal. JClass was a line of “GUI components”, which developers could add to their Java-based client and server applications. Its customers were typically corporate IT organizations building applications to support their businesses. Tools Used: Microsoft Word, SnagIt View...
Software Demo Guide

Software Demo Guide

PerformaSure Demo Guide This document shows the key features and benefits of this software product in a compelling way, and combines marketing and technical communication. It provides a look at the product’s primary use cases, and walks through actually using it to perform real tasks. The guide was designed for product reviewers or anyone evaluating the product before purchasing it. Tools used: Microsoft Word 2003, SnagIt View...