[windows2000] Re: OT: Programming question

  • From: "Chris Berry" <compjma@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 17:46:48 -0800

From: "Rick Fogarty" <rick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
It's funny that you mention that!!! That's why I got stuck with this in the
first place. When we first heard about the conversion, the powers that be
decided to outsource this. We have 10's of thousands of students (dating
back to the 80's) and we're converting the student transcripts. So, in
management's mind, it would be easier to outsource the project then let
someone here do it. Well, here's the steps they were going to take - print
each transcript only to have them scanned back in at the vendors to
incorporate into a DB. Cost? $150k. Can you believe that?

So, I told them - Hey, I'll do it for a couple of thousand and I'll have it
done in less then a week!  Besides the name snafu, everything works
perfectly!  I might even get a decent bonus out of it....

Outsourcing? Geez, who needs it!

Hmm, well if there's money in it, that's different. How about writing a program to go through and divide the data into several different lists by number of names, then write a seperate parser for each list, or create some kind of name wierdness detector so that you can do the bulk of the data automatically and then focus on the strange ones that you have left.

Chris Berry
Systems Administrator
JM Associates

"Ok, so the servers are down, the lights are out, and all I have to work with is a roll of duct tape, a ball point pen, a lighter, and a twenty year old copy of emacs. Where's the problem?"

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