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For the Week of April 9, 2000
Migrant Programmer "gathering" held at The Lizard

The Monthly Migrant Programmer meeting was held this past Friday at the Winking Lizard in Bedford, Ohio. The gathering was another success. Many discussions brewed around CORBA vs. COM, Microsoft vs. Unix, Quality vs. CLH (Code-Like-Hell), etc. Give us your thoughts on this matter.  We'd like to hear from you.
The "Migration" of a "Core" Migrant

A Migrant Programmer has a challenging occupation. A Migrant Programmer does not have a "true home". Each company he or she travels to is not their own. They are simply there to "fill a need", or to "assist in the education and training" of those that work for the company they are currently "migrating" in. They are seen as "outsiders". They are expected to deliver more, work harder, and be at their best every day they are at the client. As time passes, the Migrant Programmer may become attached to their surroundings - the travel to and from the office, the employees, the challenges, the successes, and the failures. These all become a part of the Migrant Programmer's life just as it effects everyone. 

But the life for a Migrant Programmer is different - one day you are summoned into the office, told you have performed very well and you are thanked for your contribution. You then pack your belongings and go on your way - to find another challenge ahead of you. This is the reality of the Migrant Programmer - nothing lasts beyond a few months - maybe a year or two if you are lucky.

Sometimes Migrant Programmers meet other Migrant Programmers and form a friendship - a mutual understanding of their way of life and the challenges they face every time they enter a new project. These "collectives" of Migrant Programmers form a "core" group of Migrants, which in turn gives way to the term - Core Migrant: A Migrant Programmer who belongs to a collective of other Migrants. 

But even Core Migrants must sometimes leave their collective. Such is the case for one of our beloved Core Migrants. Fred "D.J." Sinnema, has been a "core migrant" from the beginning. "D.J. Fred" got his nickname from being the D.J. at the annual 4th of July Migrant Programmer gathering. D.J. Fred's musical library was extensive - thousands of CD's to choose from and he never let anybody down.

D.J. Fred found an opportunity many miles away and left his current collective. We will keep in touch via the website and emails - and maybe a visit if we're lucky. We wish him much success in his future. We are certain that he will find another collective and become a Core Migrant elsewhere.

Our other Migrant is not leaving the collective - Marybeth has merely moved on to better opportunities within the region. We wish her luck as well.      

Core Migrants on the Move

The Scoop on Telecommuting

A Migrant Programmer
shares his experiences with telecommuting and the challenges of this trend that is transforming the traditional business cubical into a "virtual" working environment. read more about it in the Technology Section!