Nov 1997 – Jul 1999Based in the UKContract

Senior Analyst / VAX Pascal Programmer at Reuters

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About Reuters

Reuters, a prominent global information and news organisation, played a vital role in the media industry until the end of 1999. Established in London, UK, in 1851, Reuters aimed to deliver accurate, timely, and reliable news and financial information to businesses, professionals, and the general public worldwide. With a strong focus on journalism, Reuters shaped the news landscape and provided essential insights to its diverse audience.

Iain White Senior Analyst / VAX Pascal Programmer Work Experience

Iain White held a contractor position at Reuters as a Senior Analyst / VAX Pascal Programmer. In this role, Iain made significant contributions to the development and maintenance of software solutions, ensuring the delivery of accurate and timely financial data.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Senior Analyst / VAX Pascal Programmer at Reuters, Iain White was responsible for the following tasks:

  • Implementing the CMM (Capability Maturity Model) to improve software development processes and practices.
  • Learning HTML, JavaScript, and PHP3 to enhance web development capabilities.
  • Utilising Oracle databases for data storage and retrieval.
  • Specialising in handling Japanese and Russian news feeds to cater to diverse markets.
  • Playing a key role in ensuring Y2K compliance to address the millennium bug.

Contributions and Achievements

Iain White’s tenure at Reuters was marked by notable achievements, including:

  • Played a critical role in the development and enhancement of the Reuters Business Briefing (RBB) application, a key product for delivering financial news and data.
  • Developed Pascal programs to integrate news feeds in various formats and languages, such as Russian and Chinese, into the RBB application.
  • Conducted reviews and obtained millennium compliance certification (Y2K) for programming changes, ensuring seamless operations during the transition to the new millennium.
  • Led the development of Content Management Systems to comply with CMM level 2, improving the efficiency and quality of content management processes.
  • Assisted in the development of routines to automate the translation of HTML-formatted files into the company’s in-house markup format, streamlining content conversion processes.
  • Led a team responsible for migrating department resources to the company’s Intranet, utilising Oracle database connectivity through PHP3 and JavaScript.
  • Contributed to the successful migration of Reuters Business Briefing (RBB) from a desktop application to an Internet product using a customised version of Internet Explorer 4, expanding the application’s accessibility and reach.

These achievements highlight Iain White’s technical expertise in VAX Pascal programming, their ability to collaborate within a team, and their commitment to delivering high-quality software solutions to support Reuters’ mission.