The summer after my sophomore year of college I had an internship at Libera, Inc. It was a pleasure to have worked there, because I strongly believe it was an invaluable experience. Since it was a small company and my first job, I had a little niche of influential professional figures. There was Mike Dearman, who wrote their System 7 platform with the .NET Framework. Glenn Rosenbrock was my immediate superior, and refined a lot of my SQL skills. Kris Mitchell was one of the first people that seemed to believe in me at a work setting.
After graduating a semester early in 2008, I landed a job at Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. as a web programmer. Steve Hook and Todd Bumbarger (friends from Techfloor) said some really nice things to help me get the job.
Since then, I've hopped a couple of jobs. I currently work at NBC News Digital, on the Platform team.
Why do you blog?
It’s a selfish attempt to improve myself on both professional and personal levels. Shortly after starting my job at Gateway Ticketing in January of 2009, I had an itch to learn. The itch was inspired by reading blogs by the likes of Scott Hanselman, Jeff Atwood, Joel Spolsky, and Jon Skeet (among others). These guys love their jobs as much as I do. With this in mind, my friend Steve Hook and I started our own internal blogs at Gateway. At first I had a lot of fun with it, posting about this and that. Only a few people cared to skim my blog at work, so I decided to go live with my blogging career. Enter: johncoder.com. Wait, you mean your last name ISN’T Coder?
Very astute observation. John Coder is an idea that I had one day. “John Q. Public” or “John Smith” is the generic personae, right? Well, “John Coder” is your generic coder personae. Ironically, a generic coder is the last thing I want to be. This blog is my attempt at avoiding that terrible label.
I'm a C# developer at NBC News Digital. I love my job.
The content and opinions of this blog are my own.