This is just a light overview of my professional career without the formal arrangement of a resume. If you are interested in contacting me about employment, I recommend grabbing my resume and sending me an email.
At CVS I was responsible for the development of new functionality of the website. I did the front-end work for the MinuteClinic website's newest functionality, which allowed people to hold their place at a clinic using the internet. I also did work on form validation for user feedback about their visit experiences. The last project I worked on is a replacement header for the main CVS website as well as the MinuteClinic website. This was a challenging project as it required a design that would be responsive on some pages from desktop down to mobile. The hardest part was getting a top navigation bar that would show/hide on scroll behavior and present a menu when a pancake icon was clicked on. All CSS styles were defined using a master ID so that content below the header would not be affected by changess to the header.
I worked for Cithaeron Partners, a division of Cantor Fitzgerald on a project called Cantor Exchange. I was the sole engineer responsible for the front end trading interface in FLEX and a browser based PHP reporting & funding tool as well as a user registration site.
I worked for a company called onExchange which develops financial software for trading exchanges. I was assigned to work on the end user GUI, and given free reign to shape it how I felt it should look. I gathered feedback from members of the executive staff who knew how futures and commodities exchanges worked, so I wasn't working in a vacuum. Meanwhile, the dot com bubble had burst and my websites became a hobby once again. As the company grew I began to focus more on the implementation details of the system, and less on the design as that task was handed over to a usability expert but I was still able to have interesting discussions on how things worked in the system. I was laid off from onExchange in the spring of 2003.
The next job didn't last long, but for more positive reasons. I began accepting banners for my websites, and it turns out with the amount of traffic I was getting, I could make almost enough money that I didn't need to work a full time job. Since this was the height of the dot com boom I figured I'd leave my job and focus on developing my own websites. I branched out and created a few more websites (70s and 90s sites to complement my 80s site, and amiright to house my ever growing misheard lyrics collection). After a few months of working at home, I began to realize I was less interested in working by myself than I had thought, and decided it was time to return to the work force.
At SieraCom I did work in C and Assembler for a modem board on a microwave radio. Meanwhile, I began writing PERL code for my websites, and increasing the size of the websites.
I went to work for a company in Waltham, writing code for a medical laser, used for treating Myopia (Laser Vision Correction Surgery). It was an embedded 80186 with a simple one line display. It was a company that had moved past it's start up roots, but was still very busy for an engineer. Deadlines were tight, and the software team was small (two developers and two SQA engineers). I got to work on some neat little side projects in the company, like a small box that converted I2C to RS-232, and then write a Visual Basic program to display information from the serial port. I also continued to work on my website in my spare time, which had grown from a dozen pages to about 100. I had been mentioned in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and some radio stations.
My first job after college, was for Racal-Datacom. I got to do some interesting work on networking equipment, writing code in C. I also got to create a small demo website for a new product the company was trying to sell to the telephone companies, a precursor to ASDL. Unfortunately the company didn't think there was a big enough market for it (yikes!) and soon after, the division I worked for experienced a large layoff, and the company begun closing various divisions. The demo website was enough to motivate me into setting up a personal website of my own.
I attended Fitchburg State College with a Presidential Scholarship. My course work focused on embedded systems, I learned more about Assembly, and took a lot of electrical classes. This is where I was first exposed to the Internet, with Telnet, FTP and Gopher. When I first saw Lynx, I thought it was a little kludgy compared to the more elegant layout of Gopher. Of course when I got to see Mosaic during my last year of college (fall of 1994) I found the web was far more interesting than Gopher!
I spent most of my free time in high school learning how to write code in BASIC, then Pascal and C. I won the computer science portion of my high school's science fair when I was a junior. I participated in ACSL, and had one of my programs published my senior year in their newsletter (only 5 other people had even submitted a working program for that round, opposed to the hundreds they usually received). I scored 39 out of a possible 40 points in the ACSL competition my senior year of high school. I had my first exposure to graphic design and hypertext in high school, working with the Macintosh SE/30's the school lab had.
I've been writing software since I was in grade school, around age 12, BASIC for Apple IIe's. I wasn't hooked right away, it took a couple years. I started doing LOGO for one of my classes, and then did a little more BASIC, and ended up with a Tandy Pocket Computer (a PC-4 and then a PC-8). With only around 2K of memory, I quickly taught myself to convert programs that were much larger in the BASIC games books.