I am a senior backend web developer at Carnegie Learning. I enjoy integrating complex applications with HTTP APIs, contributing to open source software and automating my workflow. I also like to cook.
If you're looking for articles about web development, server configurations, development workflows, application deployment, or infrastructure management you're in the right place. I write about my experiences with Vagrant, Chef, Amazon Web Services, Atlassian products, Symfony components and web development.
I began programming as a hobby at the age of 7 in 1993. I began to learn about HTML 2 from a dial in BBS in 1995 and fell in love with it ever since. By 1999 I was building web pages in PHP for family friends and neighbors that owned small businesses. I landed my first full time job as a web developer in 2001 working summers while I was in high school.
In 2004 I joined the United States Marine Corps as a Food Services Specialist with the intent to go to college later for a software degree. The busy nature of my Marine Corps career never afforded me the opportunity to attend school and I continued to enhance my skills contributing to open source projects. I later attended culinary school and leveraged the GI Bill as a form of income to start my consulting company allowing me to be able to hire my first employee.
Currently, I love working with new technologies and figuring out solutions to complex business requirements. I primarily focus on PHP development and work with the best language for the task at hand when building tooling to support workflows and environments.