During 1996-98 I developed and taught Internet design and coding curricula as an Internet Developer for Wave Technologies, a training company producing instructor-led courses at centers in the US and UK, self-study kits, and a web-based distance learning center. I "trained the trainers" and also taught many Wave students. One of my jobs was authoring a Web Power Tools coursebook with review of Microsoft ActiveX tools. I also co-produced the Technology Solutions Workshops (TSWs, a series of industry-sponsored seminars) including Intranet Solutions Workshops and delivered TSW/ISWs to public audiences (Boston, Minneapolis, San Jose, St. Louis). Classes I taught in PC-networked classrooms (various locations): Fundamentals of HTML; Building a Web Presence; Web Power Tools (CGI, Java, JavaScript, ActiveX); Managing Microsoft Internet Information Server; and Building & Implementing A Corporate Intranet. Developed customized course on intranets for Wave client Ford Motor Company, and taught it as a one-week course at Ford (Dearborn, MI). Attached to USWeb Corp.'s (San Jose based company; later marchFIRST, Inc.) initial Web Architect Certification Program curriculum development team. Guest Speaker, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), Columbus OH Chapter, Summer 1997 (topic: Intranets). Wave was later acquired by Thomsen Learning.


Covers of one of Wave's coursebooks (left), and an ISW manual (right)

Wave materials



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What I wrote about Wave (selective excerpt) in my memoirs:
After taking my leave of The Giant Beer Company, I sent out the resumes and did the interviews. I did a freelance web site or two, one for a nonprofit group and another for a gourmet food and wine store, and then I became Internet Developer for a computer training company. Teachin’ yer basic fundermentals o’ HTML, advanced courses on web power tools, web server stuff.. The big perk: a T1 line that most of the time I had mostly to myself.
I had gotten interested in the Internet when Adam first mentioned it, and Albert first showed me some girlie pics he downloaded in the Physics lab. At the time, you could do e-mail and simple file transfers at pretty low speeds. In the early nineties, around late ‘92, I began using some of the commercial online services like CompuServe and AOL, which weren’t really Internet connections but more like giant bulletin board services (BBSs). One of them, however, Delphi, let you hook into the Internet. And from there on out I was hooked.
Then the Web came along.
Information Warfare, even!
I discovered that there was this thing called a bastion host, which is a computer that is more or less in between your local network and the Internet. The bastion host is also sometimes called a “dirty” host or a compromised host because it can be touched directly by the Internet. There can also be several bastion hosts strung together for extra security, and the bastion host(s) can also be thought of as comprising its (their) own network, and the term for that network is, according to one manual I read, fair enough, the “DMZ” – demilitarized zone.” Even the local Sisters of Mercy Hospital was advertising about "using I.T. to gain a competitive edge".
Then one day I got an e-mail offer to apply for a job as an Information Warfare Specialist. It sounded weird, and interesting, but I decided I lacked enough knowledge of UNIX and NT internal code to have a go at making the grade.
Suddenly I was part of a team creating a new curriculum for a Certified Web Architect program, the first of its kind. I had to fly out to Silicon Valley every so often, did some tech training in front of classrooms of students, wrote and presented lectures on Java and JavaScript and all sorts of Web programming trickery.
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Picture from coursebook I wrote on Web Power Tools:

detail from Web Power Tools coursebook


One of my first jobs presenting at Wave. We'd partnered early with Allaire Corp., creators of Cold Fusion (CFML markup language). Allaire put together a nice web presentation which we showed and explained to public audiences. This was one of the first implementations I saw of integrated web/database connectivity coupled with a powerful, not-too-difficult scripting language. They even had the demo set up so that we could update the sample pricing (shown on a live web page, for audience) in real time with your cell phone.

cold fusion presentation


(sample report screen)

cold fusion presentation