Ian G Whittaker

Retired Computer Consultant, Author and Diver




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With 40+ years in IT I have a wide experience of various industries. The following list provides an indication of the industries and services to which I have provided assistance over the last 30 years.

Pharmaceutical Imstrumentation
Laboratory Data Collection
Sales Order Processing
Bonded Warehouses
Works Order Processing
Sales Analysis
Electronic Data Interchange
Horticultural Systems
Accommodation Reservation and Invoicing
Signal Data Processing
Trade Association Records
Defence Contractor
MOD (Procurement Executive)
Software Company
Steel Works
Numerical Control
Pharmacy Supplies
Telecommunication Billing System
Paper Making
Optical Fibre Manufacture

Job title

In terms of 'job titles' I have performed in the following roles, operations, analyst, programmer, hardware engineer, system manager, project leader and consultant.



In the course of 40+ years it is not surprising that I have had to use most 3GL's including FORTRAN, COBOL, PASCAL, BASIC, DIBOL and ALGOL. These languages have been used on various hardware platforms. It is fair to say that FORTRAN on, say, VMS is slightly different from that on a Sun workstation or a PC but the differences are minimal. The same is true for most languages.

I have also used the 4GL's Oracle, Informix and Gembase.

The use of VBA with Excel and Word, and development of systems using Visual Basic and ODBC, integrated with Access, provide a clear understanding of current technologies.

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 Maritime and Aviation losses around Scotland Off Scotland

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Contact Information

Email: ian.whittaker@sol.co.uk

Web:   http://www.offscotland.plus.com

Telephone:   018907 50634

Mobile:       07968 283236

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Biographical Information


Born: Richmond,Surrey 18 May 1947
Employment History:
1965-1969 National Engineering Laboratory, East Kilbride
1969-1972 (Mature student at Heriot-Watt University)
1972-1978 Computer Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
1978-1987 Computer Application Services, Edinburgh
1987-2009 Freelance Consultant/Analyst/Programmer
2009 Retired .....  

BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Heriot-Watt University)

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Personal Interests


I am a member of the Scottish Sub-Aqua Club. I started diving in 1968 and have attained the highest diving and instructional awards.

I served the Club as President for a few years and was a Regional Coach for the South-East of Scotland for a number of years.

I am also a member of Duns & District Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)

My webpages host the local Branch information page RSCDS Duns & District Branch

  "Ros Donn", an ex-mfv built in 1954

  "Ros Donn", conversion

  Outer Hebrides on the 'Mary Doune' - July 1999

  Red Sea on the 'Conquest II' - Sept 2000

  Malta - May 2001

  Scottish Gallery - August 2001

  Sardinia - Oct 2002

  Teneriffe - June 2003

  Rockall - Sept/Oct 2003

  Scottish Gallery - August 2004

  Tenerife - October 2004

  Home-to-Rome - A planned rally for October 2005, to raise money for the RNLI

  Home-to-Rome - Take 2

Shipping Research:

The records of shipbuilding in Scotland prior to 1824 are very sparse. I am currently undertaking a project to document both shipbuilding and ship losses for the period 1750 - 1830.

  Some Boatyard build lists and photographs

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Last Revised: October 2010