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January 16, 1978

Happy birthday, me! Legend holds that I born in a snow storm at Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville, TN.

Use: Speak and Spell

September 4, 1981

This wizbang super-nifty gadget was a game changer for us wee ones. Hit a key / Says the letter. Input / Output. Brilliant.

Graduate: Kindergarten

May 27, 1982

Learn: DOS & QBasic

January 16, 1985

Learn: DOS & QBasic

When I was 7 years old my optometrist was an insane “PC Clone” enthusiast. He’s the one that put me in front of my first terminal and blinking cursor and showed me the world of DOS and MS QBasic.

Use: Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set

December 25, 1986

Use: Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set

This was the greatest technology that man kind had ever produced (to an eight year old boy). I was hooked on tech and there was no going back.

Use: Apple IIe

September 1, 1988

Use: Apple IIe

On Apple II most of the day in montessori classroom (played Oregon Trail)

Learn: Visual Basic v3

September 1, 1994

Learn: Visual Basic v3

After using Windows I fell in love with the OS and wanted to code in it. Next step was to start learning Visual Basic (v3).

Learn: Ti-82

September 30, 1994

Learn: Ti-82

When our calculus class required Ti-82s, I quickly found that I could program complex patterns/functions in it.  Once I wrote these mini-apps, all I had to do was provide any inputs and it would spit out the answer. The calculators came with a cable that allowed me to transfer the program to my friends Ti-82s.

Learn: Visual Basic v4

September 30, 1995

Learn: Visual Basic v4

“I can now make self-contained Windows .exe files?!” Sold. Teach me more. Believe it or not, I actually wrote a program to ask a girl on a date (nerd alert!). That’s right, I gave her a disk and told her to run it when she got home. *cringe*

Learn: The Internet!

November 7, 1995

Learn: The Internet!

Learn about this thing called the Internet by way of my neighbor who is trading bootleg Bob Dylan tapes with folks in London. He was using something called email. u wot m8?

Use: Mosaic Browser

December 1, 1995

Use: Mosaic Browser

I started visiting the public library as frequently as a I could to access the internet. Eventually, I managed to convince my parents to spend $50/month to get me 20 hours of access from home.

Graduate: High School

May 1, 1996

Use: Pine (email client)

January 20, 1997

Use: Pine (email client)

Texas A&M primary client for email was Pine. It was DOS like app that let me send messages to all my high-school friends around the country. I still really dug getting actual physical letters from home though 🙂

Learn: HTML, CSS, LiveScript

September 30, 1997

LiveScript was used in Netscape and would later become known as JavaScript. I was now building things that I could share with others without having to put it on a disk first!

Learn: PHP, mySQL, ASP, SQL Server

September 30, 1998

sold my code (something I had written from the ground up) for the first time ever. Server side code and databases opened up a whole new world for me. I could now persist data without the need for my cobbled together perl scripts.

Learn: Java, ColdFusion

September 30, 1999

I started building simple Java apps to run locally to help me automate some of my course content. Allaire ColdFusion seemed brilliant to me compared with PHP. I remember it being said at the time that “You can do in 2 lines of ColdFusion what takes 20 lines in PHP”

Learn: Flash – ActionScript 1.0 & 2.0

September 30, 1999

By this point, I started to forego my textbooks in favor of books from Amazon on content that I was interested in.  I bought multiple books on Macromedia Flash and all the Adobe Classroom-in-a-book that I could get my hands on.

Graduate: Texas A&M – BA in MIS

December 15, 2000

Career: Anadarko – Web App Developer

February 1, 2001

Career: Anadarko – Web App Developer

Daily skills: Flash, ColdFusion, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, Web Services (SOAP), Photoshop, Illustrator,

Learn: Web Services (SOAP), Flash Remoting

December 15, 2001

Career: Macromedia Authorized Training – Lead Instructor

September 30, 2003

Certified: Macromedia Authorized Flash MX Developer

October 1, 2003

Certified: Macromedia Authorized Flash Instructor

October 1, 2003

Teach: Macromedia Authorized Flash – Rapid Application Development

November 1, 2003

Learn: RESTful APIs, JSON, Ajax

December 10, 2003

Certified: Macromedia Authorized Advanced ColdFusion Instructor

June 1, 2004

Certified: Macromedia Authorized Advanced ColdFusion MX Developer

June 1, 2004

Teach: Macromedia Authorized Advanced ColdFusion

June 1, 2004

Certified: Macromedia Authorized Dreamweaver MX 2004 Developer

January 16, 2005

Teach: Macromedia Authorized Dreamweaver – Dynamic Application Development

January 25, 2005

Learn: WordPress

July 1, 2005

Certified: Macromedia Authorized ColdFusion MX 7 Developer

September 1, 2005

Certified: Adobe Certfied Dreamweaver 8 Developer

April 27, 2006

Better UI. Cleaner toolbars. More languages integrated.

Learn: ActionScript 3.0

June 30, 2006

Learn: ActionScript 3.0

ActionScript was rewritten to follow ECMA Standards. It was a total rewrite of ActionScript and it paved the way for RAD (Rapid Application Development). I would continue perfecting my AS3 skills for the next 10 years.

Career: Lansun + Scott – Owner

October 1, 2006

Career: Lansun + Scott – Owner

Self-run full service new media / application development agency, which I graduated to from basic freelance work. I worked with a full spectrum of clients from Fortune 500 companies to local small businesses that were both national and international. Solutions included coordinated marketing campaigns for corporate websites, social media, and mobile applications. Development generally occurred with small to medium sized teams, working remotely, and maintaining constant contact. Management

Certified: Adobe Certified Flash 8 Developer

December 1, 2006

Flash 8 was a big change. I loved it. AS3 brought much more order to things.

Learn: Ruby on Rails

June 15, 2009

There had been so much talk about how Rails was going to be “the Flash killer” so I felt obligated to look into it and learn how it worked. I wouldn’t use it for heavy daily use until a few years later.

Career: Companion Dx Lab – Senior Full Stack Developer

January 4, 2013

Learn: Medical Billing, HL7, LIMs, EHRs

February 1, 2013

Learn: Docker, nginx, HAProxy, AWS

June 27, 2013

Learn: Node.js

September 15, 2014

Learn: Node.js

Career: Companion Dx Lab – Director of Software Development

October 1, 2014

Learn: React

December 1, 2014

Learn: GraphQL, Relay Modern

January 5, 2016

Career: BioRamp – Owner

October 27, 2016

Career: BioRamp – Owner

I am currently running a one man software engineering shop and provide a range of solutions for clinical labs and pharmacies. I am in the process of migrating my flagship product into a React / Relay / GraphQL application. I have also provided solutions for 3D printing cloud services and automated part quoting. Out of curiosity, I dabbled with Amazon Alexa services (they’re pretty cool!). Client content is hosted using AWS and an Amazon Machine Image is maintained for rapid deployment of core applications. Documentation is maintained using Confluence and project management is done with JIRA.

Learn: Unreal Development Kit

December 28, 2016

I wanted to build my own worlds to play with in VR.