I started at the age of around 10 when my Dad bought that tan colored mammoth of a machined called the Commodore 64. My tools of the trade where hours of reading code to him out of the back of Compute Magazine with a ruler going blind in the process. Ugh! It really was a long night if something was mis-typed... But I tell you I can read code like no ones business and I got to the point where I could see what was coming next and so on.
Well, he decided to upgrade to the fancy Commodore 128 and I got the 64 to dink around with, well since I had so much experience reading the code to him, I decided I would give it a hack and wrote my first text based role playing game at 11. It was fun for me to play and so started the journey.
BASIC was fun but after Nintendo came out, I really didn't touch a PC until college.
Then AOL came along and I started to read code again in the form of HTML, cranked out some web sites for a cruise company, which then lead to VB 4 and classic ASP. I remember getting a book from Barnes & Noble on ASP and reading it cover to cover over a Thanksgiving weekend with completing all of the exercises. Thought it was really cool.
For the past 15 years I have been developing with Microsoft based technology, mix in a little Oracle & Android. But, .NET is the world I live in. Most recently a lot of my focus has been on Windows Phone and ASP.NET WebAPI.
I now work as a Sr. Solutions Architect for a major entertainment company in Orlando, have a beautiful wife and family who support me in everything I do (and think most of it is pretty cool), run the Orlando Windows Phone &