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Chappaqua-20071021 055 Dave Shields
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The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.

Bio

Hi,

I’m Dave Shields. My full name is Lynwood David Shields. My father was Swanson Claude Shields, and I am named after his brother Lynwood.

I was born in Abilene, Texas, lived for a few years in Michigan, and spent most of my childhood years in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I graduated from Caltech almost forty years ago with a B.S. in Mathematics, then moved to New York City to start graduate school at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University (NYU). I lived on the West Side while in the city and now live in Chappaqua, a small town about forty miles north of Manhattan.

I spent over 20 years at NYU in several roles: grad student, staff member, SETL project, NYU Ada/Ed project. Along the way I picked up my Ph.D. in computer science. Jack Schwartz was my thesis advisor. I worked with Robert Dewar on SPITBOL/6000 and PC SPITBOL.

I left NYU for IBM Research in 1987. My first job at Research was working for Fran Allen on the PTRAN project.
While at Research Philippe Charles and I were the co-authors of Jikes, a Java source to bytecode compiler. It was released in Dec ’98 as IBM’s first Open Source Software (OSS) project; I ran the project for a year.

Though Philippe and I moved on to other things at the end of ’99, the Jikes project went its own way. It can be found now at sourceforge.net

I left IBM Research four years ago and currently have a staff position in IBM’s Systems & Technology Group.

The title of this blog is based on the occasional column “The Wayward Press” that appeared in the New Yorker some years back. It was the work of A.J. Liebling, one of my favorite authors.

License

All trademarks and copyrights on this blog are owned by their respective owners.

Comments are owned by the individual posters.

The writings of David (Dave) Shields contained herein are available under either of the following licenses, according to whether or not they are software code:

License Dave Shields For Software:

Copyright (c) 2007 Dave Shields

I wrote this software .
You can do with it what you wish.
All I ask is that you try to have fun with it and give credit where credit is due.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

The concluding part in capital letters is standard language that I borrowed from the MIT License. If that language was good enough for MIT then it is good enough for me — even though I went to Caltech.

You can use my writing herein that is not software code under the following license:

License Dave Shields:

Copyright (c) 2006-2007 Dave Shields

I wrote this.
You can do with it what you wish.
All I ask is that you try to have fun with it and give credit where credit is due.

Written by daveshields

December 4, 2007 at 12:47 pm

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  1. Ahhh… The Wayward Press. Leibling is one of my favorites too, especially during the war years, or about food.

    Why not use some of the CC licenses? It’s nice to add the comments, which gives this a personal flavor, but I like supporting CC, since it would be nice to have well written, free licenses to use for independent content.

    Shane Curcuru

    December 12, 2007 at 1:26 pm


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