Jerry Hutchings Reloaded!

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Jerry Hutchings Reloaded!

Jerry Hutchings is known to tens of thousands of vBulletin admins as the guy who brought us ImpEx and helped us convert countless forums. That is not to say that Jerry only worked on ImpEx, or that he only turned out code behind the scenes - he answered questions, gave advice, and created specific ImpEx scripts for those who needed them.

It's been a long while since Jerry did an interview, and when I heard he was no longer working for IB I thought it would be a good time to catch up with him and find out what he's up to. I think I found a little more than that!

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Can you give us a brief biography? What is your educational background?

I'll try not to cover too many details that are already in the Original Interview, though I dare say there will be some overlap.

I think the Jerry as people know me now started around about when I was around 9, which is when I first started coding and performing all manner of experiments with modems, learning about code, networks and BBS's.

This was all in England at the time. I went through the usual school route, after which I took a diploma in computer studies at a local collage - mostly a general course and given my history and level of expertise at that time - a case of filling in some blanks. After a break from education spent mainly as a chef and playing on motorbikes, I ended up at Bournemouth University to study a degree in Software Engineering Management. This is where I met Kier and spent a lot of time playing Red Alert and Star Craft.

Four years later I'd graduated, and after working for the likes of Lockheed Martin and Cable and Wireless I joined Jelsoft & vBulletin.

Given the question is about education, since graduating I've remained in college taking random courses - not only to keep my mind busy & life varied, but just to learn. The courses I've taken include massage, counselling, C programming (I did it for a bet, and yes I can code it seems ...), French, WSET (a.k.a. sommelier), and joinery, amongst others.


Aren't you originally from the UK? How did you end up in Canada?

I am British yes, though I was actually born in Ireland due to my parents moving about. I lived in Ghana for several years before moving to the UK..

I moved to Canada a little before Mike moved to the UK 5-6 years ago. I think it had something to do with too many of...
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Another great interview, Sandman :)

I think the Jerry as people know me now started around about when I was around 9, which is when I first started coding and performing all manner of experiments with modems, learning about code, networks and BBS's.
At 9? Impressive, to say it softly :D

Given the question is about education, since graduating I've remained in college taking random courses - not only to keep my mind busy & life varied, but just to learn.
Continuing to study to develop one's mind is an uncommon philosophy these days. It is great to hear of those who actually follow it :)

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Vancouverites unite! :thumb:
 

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At 9? Impressive, to say it softly :D

Continuing to study to develop one's mind is an uncommon philosophy these days. It is great to hear of those who actually follow it :)
Thanks, it just made sense, "this does that" ...... OK then I'll fiddle with "this".


Vancouverites unite! :thumb:
Especially on a day like this, just went and sat on the beach !
 

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great interview all
I for one am very thankful for impex, I've used it 100's of times and I don't know what I would of done without it.
Coming from someone who has messed with the competitions "converter" I can honestly say impex is the best importer around for the masses.
 
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great interview all
I for one am very thankful for impex, I've used it 100's of times and I don't know what I would of done without it.
Coming from someone who has messed with the competitions "converter" I can honestly say impex is the best importer around for the masses.
In my thread about the interview over on XenForo.com I described Jerry as the man who turned import/export scripts into an art form. I wasn't exaggerating! :D
 

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Especially on a day like this, just went and sat on the beach!
I think I might go do just that. I, of course, hope that the sun will stick around, but one cannot really count on it :hopeless:
 

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Really good interview ... thank-you Jeremy and Howard :)
 
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Thanks guys and especially thanks to Jerry! It was a blast doing this interview! :D
 
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