You told us you want to know more about the people behind your projects. You got it. This is the 21st profile in that series.
Developer, Code Surgeon
How do you help clients?
I bring a lot of experience to the table to help quickly and efficiently build solid applications to meet the various needs of our diverse group of clients.
What led you to here?
I first heard about Far Reach at the 2015 Startup Weekend CV. I was impressed by Far Reach’s sponsorship of the event. I also had made contact with Chris
through BarCamp Cedar Valley and other networking events. Ultimately, the work/life balance, diversity of available work, community involvement, and culture–and the opportunity to grow professionally and personally–were the driving factors in my decision to work at Far Reach.
Tell us about your background or training.
I have a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University and a master’s in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. I have around 15 years of professional development experience in the .Net stack, starting way back when it was in preview in 2001. I also have about 8 years of experience teaching online computer-science/programming courses for a couple of universities. I currently teach for Franklin University (one course per term) and have multiple video training courses available for purchase on Udemy, Teachable, StackSkills, and O’Reilly/Infinite Skills.
What is your work mantra?
If you can’t look at code you wrote a couple of years ago and recognize it could have been done better, you have stopped growing. Nothing is ever perfect. Strive to do the best you can with the tools you have at the time you are doing whatever it is you are doing.
What guides you?
My faith and my love of technology and music.
What are you reading?
,” “The Automatic Customer
,” “Adaptive Code via C#
,” “Beginning SOLID Principles and Design Patterns
,” “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
,” “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
,” and “The Lean Startup
Who do you follow?
Jeremy Camp, David Crowder, Sidewalk Prophets, Brad Paisley, and a whole lot of Star Trek/Stargate/other sci-fi actors and actresses, directors, and writers.
What’s your favorite app?
Right now, it’s Google Keep
. I recently discovered it and love how it works to keep track of different lists and notes.
Where do you see the field going in 1-3 years?
I see more virtual and more productivity apps that incorporate some machine learning. Think about how Google can pretty much figure out where you are and display notifications on your phone for things going on that you like. That’s the kind of thing we’ll see. “Hey, I noticed you are at Starbucks #1553—did you know they have a coupon for your favorite coffee: Caramel Macchiato? Click here…Oh, and by the way, just a block away there is an event for growth-minded individuals called ‘How to manage your day-to-day cash flow.’ Would you like to know more?”