tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..
He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.
Hmm, the short version: got a client in Malaysia, only, the marketing drones (and some management types) promised to deliver something that we'd never heard of before.. typical.. Unfortunately, ppl knew I was familiar with Tk, so they made the obvious (err.. not to me) connection that I could do Tcl programming too.. on a voice enabled router, no less.. YIKES.. (oh, and all this in 2 weeks)..
So, the mission, should I be press ganged into accepting it, was: implement a complete IVR scripting solution and the Oracle forms and Radius server scripts that go with it in 14 working days..
Well, it worked.. sorta.. only the 2 weeks of development was dwarfed by 2 months worth of bug fixes, unsurprisingly..