To Whom It May Concern:

Joe Yoder worked for the Illinois Department of lnsurance on contract for two years (July 1998 - June 2000). He served as a mentor for our Smalltalk developer, and assisted us with documenting a Smalltalk framework that we had acquired. Joe worked with us one or two days a week assisting our developer with problems and accumulating documentation. He also spent time outside of our office bringing the documentation together. The environment Joe worked with included the latest versions of IBM VisualAge Smalltalk, and DB2 databases on our NT network. The framework we use includes GUI classes and classes that are capable of storing data in DB2. Joe was able to learn the framework, and teach us how to use it and modify it as necessary. Our contracts with Joe were very beneficial to the Department. I highly recommend him for any project involving Smalltalk


Paul Escarraz
Database Manager
Illinois Department of Insurance