It's a few decades back when this college student pilot fish lands a part-time IT job at a research hospital, where part of his job is helping out doctors who have -- surprise! -- research projects.

"One doctor had received a grant and developed a statistical database for childhood leukemia," says fish. "She had a grad student program it in an early PC relational database, but he left at some point.

"Her database sat unused because she didn't have anyone technically savvy enough to reproduce his work."

Fish takes a look, and it turns out the grad student was doing everything with the database manually, including running reports. So fish's first step is to develop a menuing system to make it easy to perform housekeeping tasks and run reports.

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