Programmer / Web Developer

San Antonio, TX

January 1996

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This site is under construction. Don't mind the mess - maybe someday this will be worth reading!

Welcome to Derp...Derp...Code!, my programming journal/blog. This site is more for me than anyone else, but if you are here and reading, that's great! You might wonder about the name - I might be good at programming, but I am a bad programmer, so I tend to derp a lot before producing worthwhile code.

Avatar2 Jan 2019

The past through tomorrow

Or how we got to where we are

I've always been a tech person. I was fascinated with video games as soon as I first saw them in arcades. Once I discovered the NES I saved up my paper route money and bought one as soon as I could. During grade school and junior high I was always excited about a trip to the computer lab, mostly due to Oregon Trail, but also for the potential that the computers presented. I convinced my parents to buy me a computer in 9th grade for "school work" but I obviously used it for games and Prodigy (old online service before AOL).

There was one event in particular that led me down the road of tinkering with computers from which I have never looked back. One day my computer was acting differently. None of the normal commands I used worked and I could not get the computer to do anything useful. It was very upsetting. Fortunately, a guy who went to my dad's gym was a computer guy and he came over and figured out what was wrong - the 'autoexec.bat' and 'config.sys' files had been deleted somehow. If you have any experience with MS-DOS, you know this is a very bad thing and basically makes your computer worthless. He rebuilt those files and showed me how to do that and where they were stored in case something happened again. From then on I continued to learn and tinker with the computer and figure out how it worked and how to make it work better for me.

Fast forward a few years and during my freshman (and only) year of community college, I took a Fortran course and did poorly. I am not sure why, but I know I went to class less often than I should. A year or so later I join the military and completely luck out in getting placed into the computer programming career field. I was sent to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi for about 4 months to learn all about programming. We started with the basics and methodology and all that, and then learned several super useful languages, namely Ada, Assembler, COBOL, and Fortran.

At my first duty station I learned Visual Basic and did some programming with that, then in 1998-1999, I started learning HTML and web design on my own time. I got to end up using that at work a little for a while as well. I got my own domain in 2001 and have kept it up ever since. In 2007 I started up The Awesome Theory with a friend from work, Chaz, and that forced me to learn all sorts of stuff, mainly php and mySQL to create dynamic web pages.

Fast forward to today and I have a bunch of domains, mostly as a portfolio, and am currently working through my Masters in Management of Information Systems. My next project, after polishing off the build and design on this site is to learn Unity and C# and build an idle game based on The Awesome Theory. I love lots of ideas and I think it will be awesome if I can ever get it off the ground. I believe I can do it!

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