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Powerbuilder Programmer/ Release Engineering Specialist Resume

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Billerica, MA


  • I’ll get straight to the point here so as not to waste your time.
  • I’m applying for the COBOL programming position you have available. For the past twenty years, the main programming language I’ve been developing with has been Powerbuilder. But for the previous twenty years before that, I was writing in COBOL.
  • For twelve years at Confidential Laboratories, I wrote COBOL applications for Confidential ’s internal MIS department, helped write and implement the COBOL standards that all of Confidential MIS used, and wrote and maintained internal applications within the Confidential .
  • I learned Powerbuilder when I worked for Sybase in the late 90’s. For the past five years, I’ve been contributing to and maintaining a very large application called Confidential using Powerbuilder as the front end, and stored procedures on the backend of a DB2 database running on an IBM AS/400.
  • I have kept up with the language and am confident that I could step back in and start writing COBOL applications tomorrow without skipping a beat.
  • You’ve probably already figured out that I’m not a kid fresh out of college. I have been around for a few years. Please don’t let that deter you. Given my experience, diverse technical abilities, and people skills, I know I would be a valuable asset to your company for the foreseeable future.


PowerBuilder 12, 10, 9, 8, and 7; Oracle; Sybase; Microsoft SQL Server; DB2; Teradata; Informix; ODBC; SQL, Oracle PL/SQL; Stored Procedures; Triggers; COBOL; Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP; IBM System I; IBM CL; UNIX/Solaris; UNIX KornShell Scripting; PB Delta; Oracle SQL Developer; Toad for Oracle; Sybase Central; MS SQL Toolbox; MS SQL Query Analyzer; MS SQL Enterprise Manager; DB2 Command Center; Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access; HTML; JavaScript; CSS; Perl; PHP; Python; Internet Explorer; FTP; VPN; Aldon LifeCycle Manager; InstallShield 2010; Borland’s StarTeam; Release Engineering: Debugging; Life Cycle Methodologies (SDLC); Relational Databases, Object Oriented Techniques; Client/Server; Data Mapping;


Confidential, Billerica, MA

PowerBuilder Programmer/ Release Engineering Specialist


  • One of two programmers working on new development and maintenance of Confidential ’s Flagship product Confidential, the leading commercial loan management system, servicing over 2 trillion dollars nationwide.
  • Confidential, a Powerbuilder 12 client server application, includes 7 layers of inheritance, and uses Stored Procedures to retrieve and update data to an IBM AS/400 backend DB2 database.
  • Prioritize and manage a maintenance queue and work with our QA team and customer base to solve issues.
  • Sole release engineer using Rocket Software’s Aldon LifeCycle Manager for source control maintenance and managing new branches, Confidential builds using InstallShield, and customer deployment.
  • Rewrote the Confidential Build process adding extensive logging, and backup/recovery capabilities.
  • Created and maintained the master list of releases, including the build number, customer name, and release level.
  • Printed and created custom CD’s on an as needed basis for customer deployment and installation.
  • Was asked to learn IBM’s EGL (Enterprise Generation Language) to help with Confidential ’s web based Mapping Tool (bulk data entry tool). Created an EGL template so other EGL programmers could produce code twice as fast.

Confidential, Norwood, MA

PowerBuilder 10 Contractor


  • One of two contractor developers of Confidential ’s client/server Benefit Workstation application, supporting their COBRA outsourcing business, including new development, product enhancements, and bug fixes.
  • Interpret systems analyst written specifications, including screen mockup and business rules, to turn that into clean and bug - free, fully functioning code.
  • Met specific dates and deadlines by meeting daily with business analysts to ensure all development work was on schedule to be delivered on time.
  • Responsible for initial unit testing, and then working with internal QA analysts and testers, in both the US and offshore (India), to make sure the software actually does what is called for in the specification.
  • Helping other developers and QA analysts anytime by answering specific PowerBuilder and logic questions, and by doing code reviews, debugging new code, and unit and system wide testing.
  • Responsible for builds and deployment to multiple servers to be exercised by QA, business analysts, and, ultimately, the business.
  • Used PowerBuilder native, and Borland’s StarTeam for internal source control. Also used StarTeam for coordination of Change Requests between the business, QA, and development.

Confidential, Westford, MA

Senior Software Engineer


  • Developer of Confidential ’s flagship Customer Loss Prevention product, NaviStor, using PowerBuilder 10, consisting of Client/Server customer facing application development (screen design, dynamic report generation, administration, maintenance, user logistics), as well as background batch processing development.
  • Coded new development, enhancements, maintenance, internal analytics, bug localization and repair, deployment, and documentation. NaviStor is database independent and currently supports MS SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, and Teradata databases. Successful migration from PowerBuilder 7 to PowerBuilder 10.
  • Prioritized unit testing and system testing my own work, including QA’ing all other team members work.
  • Developed tools, utilities, and quick turnaround single-use apps for both customers and internal R+D users. Wrote an interactive utility to copy complete databases from one database vendor to another.
  • Developer of our own batch processing SQL interpreter to evaluate and solve user queries for nightly analysis. This interpreter was measured three times faster than using conventional SQL to run the same queries.
  • Project lead for the Internationalization of Navistor, allowing it to “speak” six different languages. Conforming to, and being certified for, Quebec’s national law forbidding English being used in customer facing software applications.
  • Designed and implemented timing and debugging analytics into the batch processing programs, making problem resolution easier, quicker, and more efficient.
  • Worked directly with both our external and internal customers to understand and solve any and all issues regarding installation, processing, bug identification and resolution, of all supported versions of NaviStor.
  • Using PERL, wrote customer data upload and conversion applications (ETL, data mapping) that format their POS (point of sale) transactions into the NaviStor database format.
  • Since we were a small shop with many customers, we did whatever it took to please and satisfy the customer.
  • Active member of the Tyco Westford Safety Committee.

Confidential, Westborough, MA

Senior Software Engineer


  • Developer of Confidential ’s flagship customer Loss Prevention product, Proact, using PowerBuilder 7 and 10. Responsible for new development, maintenance, and bug fixes for the Client/Server version of Proact, the industry leading loss prevention software application in the United States.
  • Proficient in writing, maintaining, and debugging Stored Procedures and Triggers for Oracle, MS SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, Informx, and Teradata. Successful migration from PowerBuilder 6 to PowerBuilder 7.
  • As part of our Life Cycle Methodology, responsible for writing readable and understandable Functional Specifications based on formal User Requests or “adhoc” requests. Worked with project management to establish a project plan and timetable.
  • Responsible for certification, integration and installation into Proact, all Digital Video vendors’ software partnered with Confidential .
  • Responsible for organizing and implementing all database vendors “upgrade scripts” for Proact; SQL scripts (create tables, insert records, update statements, stored procedures) used to bring a customer up to a specific version of Proact or Analytics.
  • Responsible for builds and distribution of Proact and Analytics for the Quality Assurance team.
  • Always available to work closely with the technical support staff, customer support staff, and directly with customers to help solve any problems or answer any questions they may have.

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