I am Burdette Lamar, a software test engineer in Houston, TX.

My first job out of college was teaching English at a technical college. I graded ten thousand essays (whew!), then took a second master’s degree and began teaching mathematics. That’s when I found computer programming. Or maybe I should say it found me, because it swallowed me whole.

Since joining the software industry, I’ve done three tours as a technical writer, five as a developer, and the rest as a tester. The largest companies I’ve worked for were Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. The smallest have been startups, some with single-digit headcounts.

I am, or at least want to be, a make-a-difference kind of guy. I once left a seven-year stint at a company because changes there meant that I was no longer contributing as much as I would have liked. (A manager in that same company told me in parting that I’d made a huge difference there.)

Developing software tests and test automation is my passion. I’ve enjoyed doing this work using a variety of techniques, languages, and tools.


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