Writing Samples from Sterling Software/Synon, Inc.
The following samples, which I designed and wrote from scratch, show
how I approach technical topics and present information to software
developers. They are in a variety of formats. Some are entire works;
others are excerpts from longer documents. Some are for products that
no longer exist; others were released to COOL:Plex (originally Obsydian)
customers. All samples posted with permission.
The following PDF documents can be viewed on any system that supports
Adobe Acrobat Reader:
COOL:Plex Quick Reference
- This excerpt introduces design patterns and describes some of
the patterns available for streamlining the software design process.
At the request of my manager, I designed the format for the quick
reference, including a new FrameMaker template, and produced a prototype
in less than a day.
Storyboard: Implementing EditDetail
- This storyboard describes the flow of a prototype multimedia demonstration
I created using Macromedia Director, to show how to use a particular
design pattern in an application.
DB2/400 Import Utility Guide - This product
enables you to import schema information from a DB2/400 database
on an AS/400 for use in an Obsydian model.
Edits for the Alt+Ed project - Alt+Ed
was a prototype project for Web-based training. I worked with instructional
designers as the editor on the project. This sample shows proposed
Web-based topics (on the left), and my suggestions for rewriting
the text for accuracy and clarity (on the right). My goal was to
stay faithful to the intent of the original wording while adhering
to established style guidelines for phrasing and formatting.
The following documents must be viewed in a Windows environment:
The following links are compressed
(.zip) files. To view the samples, extract the contents, and then double-click
the resulting .chm or .hlp files.
Guided Tour: Designing an application
with patterns (HTML Help format) - This module shows you how
to extend the application described in the COOL:Plex tutorial by
modifying the data model and inheriting from additional pattern
objects. (You must have Internet Explorer 4.0 or later installed
to view .CHM files.)
ODBC Import Utility (WinHelp format)
- This utility enables you to import schema information from an
ODBC database for use in an Obsydian model.
Using external help tools with Obsydian
(WinHelp format) - This technical note describes how to use third-party
help authoring tools, such as RoboHELP or ForeHelp, to create context-sensitive
help files for use with Obsydian-generated applications.
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