I do pick up side work and consulting jobs every now and then. I am a full stack developer in multiple languages and databases. I’ve been doing this since 2002.
I currently am a Senior Software Engineer. So I either only see myself in this role with Architect in my future. That being said, the benefits where I work are great and I like the work and the people. But if you think you have something better, connect with me on LinkedIn. I rarely answer phone calls from numbers I don’t know.
I am a full stack developer who has worked with many stacks.
I soon ran into the limitations of these platforms and the value of writing just the code you need using frameworks, first in PHP and Jquery.
- Zend framework
- Lithium frameworks
- Phalcon Framework (I wrote a book on this one for Packt)
Along the way I picked up Python, mainly to deal more easily with backend processes and processing data. Some of the libraries and tools I’m familiar with:
- SciKit Learn
Python is my preferred language for anything of this sort because it is used by many scientists, statisticians, mathematicians and data scientists. In other words, a lot of smart people who don’t want to waste brain cycles wrapping their heads around Java or C++. Python is easy to learn and makes it easy for academics to put their ideas into code instead of fighting with a language. Hence, there are a lot of libraries in Python written by the actual people who came up with the idea, instead of a separate programmer writing code according to requirements. We all know how that goes. And with libraries like PyCuda, you can go just about as fast as C and use the GPU. A machine learning, hands down, there are more libraries available to do the work in Python than any other language.
And during that time I even wrote a native node module in C++ to process some calculations a lot quicker. So then I could add C++ to my list of languages, it being the first time I touched C or C++.
Now in the next job, I jumped into the Microsoft stack for the first time:
- SQL Server
- Visual Studio
And now I am really liking go and contributing to open source go projects.
Though for my own projects and side projects I tend to go the cost effective/lowest common denominator route:
- Any desktop apps use Electron
- Any phone apps React Native
- I use Laravel, Python Flask, or Go to only create a REST API
- I use ReactJS on the frontend to render the site
- I use MySql/MariaDB or Postgres depending on the servers and use case
- I use Python or Go for any heavy data processing, backend processes, and machine learning
- I use Docker to everywhere I can
Along the way, I learned a lot of SQL, NoSQL and other various ways of handling data.
- SQL Server, TSQL, and Procedures
- Oracle, PLSQL, Packages and Procedures
- Postgres (My preferred for many things)
- ZeoDB (I learned it, so it’s here)
- Filemaker (I was forced to learn it, so it’s here)
I am putting Machine Learning here because it seems to fit:
- Natural Language Processing
- Scikit Learn
So I started out on my own creating affiliate sites. I became a full stack developer from day one because if I didn’t do it, there was no one else to pick up the job. I would never only consider doing this. I see ops as a route I have to take to do what I want to do, like eating your vegetables before you get desert. Here is an unorganized list of stuff I learned wearing this hat.
- Linux Administration
- Vagrant (not any more)
Here is where you can find some of my code. I realize I don’t have a portfolio section, but I am not a designer, although I do know how to slice PSD’s, use CSS and have spent part of every job in the frontend. I write code, so here’s some code:
In the late 2000’s, I spent a lot of time blogging and guest blogging to get my name around. It helped.
You will notice a lot of SEO content. I became a developer by way of SEO. I looked at the processes I did manually over and over and realized that a lot of my work could be automated with code.
Slowly I shifted from 50% developer/50% SEO to 100% developer. I did make great money from my knowledge of SEO but I saw it as a waste of my life eventually. I was basically spending my life reverse engineering one application other people wrote. The easy money kept me content for a while. But I am a creator and builder. It is magic seeing your ideas come to life.
- Piwik Web Analytics for Wordpress 3
- Ruud Questions: Stephan Miller
- A Crash Course in Magento Ecommerce
- An Unconventional Way to Choose Hosting
- Lose the Jargon, Talk Street, and Gain Visitors
- How To Create Your Own In-House SEO Job
- How to Compete with Yourself in the Search Engines and Win
- Who is Better Suited to Building A Site Online Presence?
- Google’s Patent Application Analysis - One of my oldest, 2005
I’ve written two books on PHP code for Packt. I got offered to write the PHP7 book but had to turn it down due to time constraints.
I enjoy writing. This blog has over 500 posts. I have two bank boxes full of notebooks. So I plan to write more books in the future.
When I retire, I plan on switching to writing fiction, my first love, before I even touched a computer and disappearing from here.
Free Software and Apps I’ve Developed
I used to write a lot of desktop shareware and freeware back in the day in Visual Basic 6. Once I got into web technologies, I didn’t see the point of keeping up with two totally different stacks. And I waited for about a decade for Electron to come along and makes things worth the time again.
- Zen Notebook: A Writing IDE - I have been doing writing practice as taught by Natalie Goldberg since I was about 14. I wrote longhand in notebooks. I wanted to create a tool for doing this that would be at core distraction free. Not a distraction free mode. But just you and your writing. The IDE part comes into play with the fact that Zen Notebook now handles a Diary/Journal format perfect for doing writing practice but I want it to handle novels and other type of “compiled” documents in the future. It’s a labor of love. I actually use the tool.