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Robbie Hatley


My name is Robbie Hatley. I am 45-year-old male computer programmer living in the beautiful small town of Tustin, California. I am currently working full time maintaining software for medium-sized company here in Southern California, but I am always open to opportunities for advancement.


I hold the degrees of "Associate in Arts" and "Certificate of Achievement in Electronics Technology" from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, both degrees awarded on December 19, 1986.

Most of my knowledge, however, is through self-education and experience. I am an avid reader, and have explored many subjects, some closely related to my chosen careers (electronics and computers), some less so. Most of my computer programming knowledge and skills, especially, is self-taught. (That almost goes without saying. Programming is not really a thing one can be "taught"; it is learned, for the most part, through doing.)


1978-1990: I started my career as a working man in August of 1978 when I joined Unisen Inc., then in Irvine, CA (now located in Tustin, CA). I worked for over 10 years as electronics technician in their engineering department, where I helped design the Lifecycle exercycle, the Phoenix industrial paper-cutter controller, the Starcon industrial camera controller, the Startrac treadmill, and other products.

1992-1999: Throughout most of the 1990s I worked for Craig Athey at CSM Fitness Equipment in Huntington Beach, CA, where I performed electronic and mechanical repairs on commercial-grade fitness equipment, maintained the company's computers and LAN system, handled warranty issue resolution with customers, did all the UPS and FedEx shipping, and did much of the company's purchasing (including all of its electronics component purchasing).

2000-2005: After the fall of CSM, I joined Qcom Corporation, a mid-sized greenhouse-controls company, which later changed its name to Hortimax USA. I first joined the company as an electronics technician, but starting in 2002 I switched careers to computer programming for Hortimax USA. This mid-life career switch was prompted by the low wages and boring repetition which are part of working as an electronics repair technician. I knew that I had the ability to do more than just repair the same few circuit boards over and over. My best strengths are in troubleshooting problems and designing solutions, and software engineering proved to be a better match to my abilities. Unfortunately, Qcom/Hortimax was purchased first by Westland Energy in Holland, then later by Dave Johnson Environmental Technologies in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. The owners went on a series of cost-cutting binges, and laid off all but about 3 or 4 of the company's employees. I survived longer than most, but eventually, I too was told my services were no longer needed.

2005-present: Currently, I am working full time as a computer programmer for Link4 Corporation, which is a small greenhouse-controls company in Southern California. My primary job duty is maintaining the company's primary Windows/CVI-based software product, known as iControl, which is written in C for the National Instruments LabWindows/CVI platform. This keeps me busy, and is interesting work, but is rather low-paying, because the company is small, young, struggling, and has yet to operate at a profit. So I'm open to software-engineering opportunities elsewhere.


I am well versed in electronics. I can repair most types of electronic circuits, in some cases even when no schematic diagrams are available. I can also do electronic circuit design, circuit prototyping, and design debugging.

I am also a long-time computer aficionado (since 1973). I am well grounded in Microsoft operating systems including MS-DOS, Win-3.1, Win-95, Win-98, Win-m.e., and Win-2000. I am proficient at programming in C and C++, and I am beginning to become proficient in Perl. I have experience both as a firmware programmer and as a Windows programmer. I am also talented at web-site design, and expert at HTML and CSS, and I can also write in Javascript. Check out my main website, which I designed, wrote, and programmed myself:

Midnight Moonlight Madness

Generally speaking, I am well-organized, efficient, and innovative, and I can handle a wide variety of job tasks effectively.


I am currently open to career opportunities in software development. My preferred programming languages are C, C++, and Perl, but I am also a quick study on new languages. The target platforms I have experience programming for include microprocessor firmware (mostly in C), MS-DOS programming (in C and C++), and Microsoft Windows (in both C and C++, using the Win-32 API directly with no MFCs). I am open to learning to program for other platforms as well, such as Unix or Linux.

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I will provide references to interested parties upon request.

Written Saturday, July 25, 1998 by Robbie Hatley.

Last updated Tuesday April 29, 2008.

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