January 1, 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.
May 27, 1982
Learn: DOS & QBasic
January 16, 1985
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
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
On Apple II most of the day in montessori classroom (played Oregon Trail)
Learn: Visual Basic v3
September 1, 1994
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).
September 30, 1994
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
“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 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
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
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
Learn: PHP, mySQL, ASP, SQL Server
September 30, 1998
I 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
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
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
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
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 of resources, effective communication, and task prioritization were the watchwords of any given day.
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
September 15, 2014
Career: Companion Dx Lab – Director of Software Development
October 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
Learn: GraphQL, Relay Modern
January 5, 2016
Career: BioRamp – Owner
October 27, 2016
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.