I remember getting copies of Compute
magazine. These magazines would have the source code for video games written in BASIC.
I’d slavishly type in the code by hand, trying to get those games to work.
My first exposure to the Internet was in a strictly consumer capacity.
A former roommate had an i386 from which he ran a BBS.
I ended moderating some of his boards. Later on, I got involved with chat rooms. I didn’t get into programming until the early 2000’s when I was living in San Diego. I was working as a copywriter for a friend’s startup, and was surrounded by developers. My curiosity got the better of me, and I started learning HTML 4.01, along with some early CSS.
Michael, we’ve had so many chats about various technologies and you’ve seen a lot of
revolutions in tech.
With your knowledge and experience across the computer realm…Why tech now,
why web development now?
Currently, I like Vue.js. I’m particularly fond of its scalability. In smaller projects you can treat Vue in a similar manner that you would treat jQuery. For larger projects, you can treat it more like React by breaking down your application into components. I also like that it’s easier to pass data between components in Vue.
Ultimately, I want a job where I can make technology better for those with disabilities, and for our aging population. I’m currently in my mid forties, and have mild cerebral palsy. The technology we use to create websites and applications has improved to such an extent that if it’s used correctly, the web can be accessible for everyone. However, many stakeholders and even some developers don’t realize that improving accessibility is not only the ethical thing to do, it also makes good financial sense. Ideally, I would love to be that person who works with businesses and government institutions to create a better web for everyone.
My first development project was the redesign of a casino website, in Northeastern Oklahoma. I was working as their overnight janitor at the time, and I’d come into the IT office to work on the project after my shift ended. This was back in 2011. Responsive Web Design had not caught on just yet, but I was able to employ the best practices of the day. The site has long since been redesigned, and I wish I held on to those project files for nostalgic value.
I love playing paper and dice roleplaying games, reading science fiction, watching bad horror movies, writing and occasionally, I’ll dabble in electronic music.