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Appeon Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Production
adaptation by Chris Pollach

'Twas the night before Production, when all through the Appeon house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Armeen Mazda’s mouse;
The stockings were hung by the PowerBuilder developers chimneys with care,
In hopes that St. Nick’s AEM software would soon be there;

The Appeon Servers were nestled all snug in their racks,
While Jason backed-up their data, oh there was stacks;
The product manager in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long tester's nap,

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my laptop to see what was the matter.
Away to the MS-Window I flew like Macromedia flash,
Opened the Web Browser and enjoyed the animations splash,

Engineering's build of Appeon Web was like the new-fallen snow
It gave promise of amazing new features - listed below,
When, what to my wondering eyes John Strano did appear,
Riding a Christmas train pulled by eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old native database driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that the DBMS was designed by St. Nick.
More rapid than streaming electrons the data they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and categorized them by name;

"Now, Isaac! now, Sally! now, John and VIXEN!
On, Jason! on Jenny! on, Azeez and BLITZEN!
To the edge of the ISP! Through the great fire-wall!
Now process away! Process away! Process away all!"

As new applications developed under Appeon Mobile did fly,
When they met with a user their new iOS features they did try,
So up to the AWS menu the hand gesures they flew,
To display a full load of data, images, and animations too!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the sound card - mystified
A message signaling a software order had just arrived.
As I drew in my mouse, and was turning around,
A Message Box alerted me to a new application … it looked sound.

The project manager was dressed all in fur, from head to her feet,
And the red robe was all polished, and even had someone to meet;
A bundle of AWS applications she had flung on her back,
Most of the Engineer’s had agreed, and a DataWindow she did pack.

The programmers eyes -- how they twinkled! Their dimples how merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry!
One droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
The “Technical Architect” his beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

The Log from the Application Server he held tight in his teeth,
New ideas using Appeon Mobile for Android encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a black belt round his belly,
Using moves he learned in TaeKwonDo, the guards shook like jelly.

The “release guy” was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And deployed all the Web and Mobile applications; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the Web Servers rose;

He sprang to his laptop, to his development team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, for a beer at the pub “The English Thistle”.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out in the night,


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Chris Pollach is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years experience in Systems and Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support, mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Java / .NET Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design & Programming, Object Oriented Development Tools and Methodologies, Data Base, Data Communications and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele. He is also the owner of “Software Tool & Die Inc.” a company dedicated to provide custom software and education solutions on Object Oriented business systems.

As an educator, Chris is certified to teach PowerBuilder (first in Canada), MS-SQLServer, Sybase’s Enterprise Application Studio and EAServer integrated application/web development environment. He is former Certified SilverStream developer (CSSD) and current Certified PowerBuilder Developer – Associate / Professional (CPD-P) as well as a Certified Sybase Tools Instructor (CSI).

Chris has written numerous articles in various popular personal computer magazines, newsletters and is the author of the PowerGuide and PowerExpert products as well as the STD Foundation Classes. Currently, Chris has developed a Foundation Class library for Sybase's PocketBuilder, SAP's PowerBulder and EAServer products and now Appeon Web & mobile products that integrates JSP or ASP web development, Section 508 / CLF web standards and mobile applications. A new Web Service framework has also been released for IIs to support PowerBuilder based web service NVUO's!

Chris recently became a 2nd Degree Black in the TaeKwonDo martial art and has developed a Martial Art multimedia study guide using the Component-One “Doc2Help” and Sybase PowerBuilder products. Since the fall of 2004 he became a TaeKwonDo instructor for the City of Ottawa’s Goulbourn program. He has also been certified with the World TaeKwonDo Federation (February 2005 - 1st Dan and October 2008 - 2nd Dan).

Chris was awarded the Sybase “Innovation and Achievement” award for 2005 as voted for by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG). This award was presented for innovations to the PocketBuilder mobile development product, contributions to the PowerBuilder News groups and support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group.

To round his management and leadership skills, Chris is the former president of the Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn and still volunteers his time with the service clubs in his area. He is also the coordinator of the Ottawa Sybase User group and a certified NAUI scuba instructor. For the last three years, Chris has been voted onto the ISUG Board of Directors and holds the position of "Director - North American User Groups".