I’ve been programming since I was 13, when I found BASIC Programming book for my TRS-80. That was the end of playing outside in the summer for me. I spent hours painstakingly typing in source code from books and magazines. Sometimes when I was tired, my mom helped me by taking over the typing! My first projects were math games for my younger siblings and I distinctly remember making a dice rolling program for Yatzee. I usd ascii characters to build a box around a number representing a die and then you could choose which dice to re-roll.
I dabbled in C/C++ in highschool and installed linux when I was 16 on a dare from a friend who said “You can’t do it, it is too hard!”. Fast-forward into college where I learned Pascal (my university was a little behind the times) and the last semester we studied java. Wow! Nice GUIs with buttons! I was so excited! I graduated with the high hopes of getting a java job. Problem was, I didn’t have the required (it seemed) three-years experience that every job posting required. I picked up a PHP book and made a website. I used that website to get my first job.
After 5 years of PHP I was looking for a new challenge.. and a new job. In 2005 I started learning ruby and perl. I remember when I first learned ActiveRecord - how excited I was! I had been trying to develop a similar library in php for months with little success. It was in Perl that my love for testing was born, learning TAP and using test coverage tools had me in cloud nine. Though Perl’s syntax was challenging at times (inside-out objects totally blew my mind) I liked to say “Perl is like a crossword puzzle, except I can solve it… Eventually.”
My love for Ruby outpaced that of perl because of the community. Early on I registered rubygeek.com and when Github was announced, I registered that username.
After working at various big (ie google) and small companies since 2001 I’ve started my own consulting company doing long-term contracts and augmenting teams doing development and testing.
I like blogging because it reinforces what I am learning and sometimes I find my own blog posts when doing google searches and realize DOH! I already knew that. I hope others can learn from my posts too.
I love programming and learning new things. I can’t image doing anything else. I am learning clojure and blog about it at clojuregeek.com and I’m learning Elixir too!