I write cloud applications and developer tools. I entered the industry due to my enthusiasm for computer games and 3d graphics. These days I’m writing server side applications in high level scripting languages and the tools to assist in maintaining them.
I have been a programming language enthusiast, having played with: (* indicates I have been compensated for it.)
I would summarize my thoughts as:
I have a strong personal interest in libre hardware and software, privacy and security. I am a big fan of Purism and System76 for how they are working towards more openness. I am very interested in RISC-V. I have mostly de-Googled my online life, as I self-host the vast majority of cloud services I use, including:
I never use Apple products if given a choice, and I block the Google Services Framework via local VPN on my Android devices, or just root them and install Google-less Android ROMs. I use Linux at home on a System76 machine with the Intel Management Engine cleaned.
My medium-term goals involve contributing to the Linux kernel and supporting RISC-V ports for software I depend on.
I am very interested in The Unix Philosophy and am heavily influenced by Casey Muratori. I have found Brian Will’s videos to reflect well on my own thinking. Given infinite time, I would dive into Plan9 and live there instead of Linux or BSD.
I build iteratively; start small and layer on more depth until a sufficient solution has been found. I iterate for usability, maintainability and various performance metrics. As a rule I verify my own code as an end user before assigning it to anyone else for review.
I don’t only code. In fact, most of my free time is dedicated to non-coding pursuits. Physical fitness and nutrition are the two main extracurricular activities I pursue. I do a lot of housework and work to ensure my wife and I split our parenting duties roughly evenly. I strongly value balance among all things in life, not least of which is a balance between work and personal life.
|Company||Duration||Title||Responsibilities||Languages and Technologies|
|Lendesk||Aug 2017 - Present||Senior Software Developer||Application development.||Ruby on Rails, Go, Redis, PostgreSQL|
|Lendesk||9 months||Team Lead||1:1s, sprint planning, ticket grooming, team management, cross-team coordination, code reviews, hiring interviews, process improvement, bug fixes, addressing technical debt, improve system architecture.||Ruby on Rails, Go, Redis, PostgreSQL|
|Mogo||2.8 Years||Senior Software Developer||Assist in managing project scope, develop common libraries, implement features, interview potential hires.||Go, Ruby, RabbitMQ, Docker, Redis, MySQL|
|Gossamer Threads||2.5 Years||Programmer||In-house forum and website software customizations for clients.||Perl, PHP, MySQL|
|Electronic Arts||3.5 Years||Software Engineer||3d pipeline maintenance, gameplay prototyping, audio programming, animation programming, front-end programming.||C++, C#, ActionScript, Maya|
|Date||Accomplishment / Event|
|2019||Stepped back into an IC role|
|2018||Promoted to Team Lead at Lendesk|
|2017||Joined Lendesk as a Senior Software Developer (Ruby/Go)|
|2016||Started programming in Go|
|2015||Started programming in C (primarily C99)|
|2014||Joined Mogo as a Senior Software Developer (Ruby)|
|2011||Joined Unbounce as the first employee (Ruby)|
|2010||Joined EA as a junior front-end software developer (ActionScript)|
|2007||Started programming in Perl|
|2007||Started using GNU/Linux for development and minor system administration|
|2005||Joined EA as a junior software developer (C++)|
|2005||Earned Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science|
|2000||Started programming in C++|