About Me

Hey there, I’m Samuel Yates and I’ll be your host in this tiny little sliver of the blogosphere. Actually no one calls me “Samuel”, so if you happen to contact me feel free to use “Sam”, but using the formal name on the web makes it easier to detect spammy contacts at a glance. Generally speaking if you see first-person pronouns sprinkled through the blog you can assume said person is me.

I’ve been doing IT work for about 18 years now, mostly with a large bio-pharma company, but there are a couple of consulting stints and a grad school “pause” mixed in there as well. A large chunk of that time has been spent in the ECM/WCM space, but has also included all kinds of assorted web apps, system integration work, etc. If you really want to know more specifics, a quick search in LinkedIn will turn up the various company and university names. I just don’t want to create any impression that any of this content reflects the position or plans of my employers, past or present. It’s pretty much all my own, for better or worse.

While the last several years have been pretty focused on the ever-evolving Microsoft platforms, my whole career hasn’t spent in the Microsoft world. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve written as many lines of code in Java as I have in anything MS-specific. And of course the amount of Javascript and HTML dwarfs both of those. Bottom line – it means that I don’t run screaming from the likes of J2EE, Unix/Linux, C/C++/Objective-C, shell scripts, and even vi. Emacs on the other hand has been known to cause me to shiver and break out in a cold sweat.

More recently, I’ve had a chance to delve into the mobile application and “enterprise mobility” worlds, but still get my hands dirty with things like SharePoint on a pretty regular basis.

My hope for this space, which has been stagnant for quite a while, is to give myself an outlet to write about challenges or interests that have cropped up recently, but with any proprietary company info changed to protect the innocent.

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