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About Me

I am an Independent Web Developer & Designer based in Georgia's Golden Isles. I have been using a computer since the early 1980s, writing games for my Commodore 64. I studied Computer Programming in the early 1990s, but unfortunately all the languages I studied are now pretty much dead.

I have been in the Computer Industry since 1992 when I began working for IBM in a Summer Co-Op position. I stayed with IBM after the summer ended while going to school. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the following summer, the FAA halted the project I was working on and IBM had to let me go. Although I continued to study programming, Graphic Design (more specifically Page Layout) became an interest. Designing Bulletins, Programs, Post Cards, tickets, etc for fun and profit.

After graduating from Towson University with a double Major in Liberal Arts (American Studies and Anthropology), I entered the corporate world as a Graphic Designer for a major Printing Company. That only lasted a few months, but it made me realize I didn't want to work for large corporations anymore.

In mid-1999 I took a position with a small ISP in a tiny coastal resort town in southern New Jersey. It was a very small company, with only a few full time employees, but it was an excellent learning experience. I got my start in web development there, when I first began developing Search Engines for the Real Estate Industry using ASP and Access databases.

In 2006, we moved to Georgia and I went out on my own. I learned PHP and MySQL and have been developing with them since. At the beginning of 2013, I added ASP.NET in C# to my list of programming skills with MS SQL Server.

With the introduction of HTML5 & CSS3 in the recent past, I began pursuing more Web Design projects and continue to hone my skills on a regular basis. I never stop learning and always look for new opportunities to advance my skills.

I currently use the following technologies when developing web sites:

  • PHP with MySQL database
  • ASP.NET (C#) with MS SQL database
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JQuery & Javascript
  • Ajax