Ian Lane has been developing database applications for some 35 years. Before that, he spent 15 years engineering and management in the Australian automotive industry.
Graduated Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BE) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
I bought my first computer in 1982 - a Commodore 64, from Toys R Us. A toy it was not. I learned Visual Basic and Comal, a structured programming language on that machine. That was in the MS DOS days, prior to Windows. Later, I developed appplications in dBase (Quicksilver), MS Access, then began .Net around 2001 when it was still in Beta.
A self starter, conscientious, I am a sound, persistent, disciplined programmer, exacting high standards in code structure, performance, efficiency, data integrity, user considerations. Often complimented on ability to assess client's business of which I very often have little prior experience.
I am always looking for new and interesting
New projects or revisions
Automatic Transmission Engineering 1965-1979 Employed by the Borg Warner Corporation in Australia. Held position of Manager Transmission Products. Managed and directed product design engineering team.
It was a boyhood dream come true; to work on transmissions that would change gears by themselves. In 1965, I found myself in the right place at the right time.
The Australian government had established local content rules to encourage the auto industry to manufacture locally. Borg Warner in Sydney had won a contract to supply Ford with automatic transmissions.
An automatic transmission engineer had arrived from Detroit to head up the division for 5 years. I was next to join and after the 5 years took over all of the automatic transmission product engineering.
Customers expanded to Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Peugeot.
Borg Warner sold its automatic division a long time ago. Sadly now the whole industry has shut down, acknowledging the reality that the low volume in Australia just cannot compete with the world wide industry.