Susan Houniet, Senior Field Enablement Manager at Progress, talks about how she discovered the efficient Progress OpenEdge Advanced Business Language (ABL) right out of college, and came to love it.
When I graduated from college, I worked in the engineering department of a manufacturing company, and eventually I started working in FORTRAN to automate processes where I could. I was the only female doing injection molding qualification… but I wouldn’t be doing that for long.
One day I approached my IT manager about centralizing on a UNIX server, and he said they used “Progress” to develop and deploy applications. He mentored me on this, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use. Gone were the slow, cumbersome processes of FORTRAN, and the database-binding in ABL greatly improved my workflow. We were able to use Progress, later to be known as Progress OpenEdge, to vastly increase efficiency.
From there I changed career paths and became a developer. I’ve remained passionate about the application development platform, eventually coming to work at Progress. There are many reasons I’ve come to love the ABL, but if I had to pick just three, it would be these:
When I first encountered the ABL I wasn’t a programmer and I hadn’t heard about Progress—but soon after learning about it I would change careers and work on something I’d be passionate about for the rest of my life.
The marketplace for business applications continues to grow, and there is strong demand for developers who can develop the business apps of the future that will power their success. If you’re a young developer or looking to add a new skill, I can’t recommend learning about OpenEdge development enough.
The ABL is really an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use language. If you’re already loving the ABL, I’d love to hear what your favorite parts are in the comments. If you’re not yet, you can learn more about it right here.
Susan Houniet is a Senior Product Enablement Manager with a strong background in Presales gained from professional experience spanning 20+ years in software industry, which has seen her work for a USA based organisation for most of her career. Susan’s Presales experience has seen her work with many organisations across many verticals to identify Business and Information strategies and build solutions to address customer’s business problems.
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