Just Enough To Be Dangerous

This is my brain on web development.

I Have A Blog?

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Somebody: “Hey, look over there. It’s a blog.”
Everybody: “Oooohhhhh!”
Somebody (maybe somebody else): “A developer blog!”
Everybody (again): “Wooowwwww!”

Notwithstanding the widespread, public fanfare that accompanies the debut of a developer blog, it’s my first day and I really don’t know what I’m doing here. So to get started I went to the font of blogging wisdom, Scott Hanselman, and found “Your Blog is the Engine of Community” which made me feel like:

Then I found “Personal Branding for Software Developers” and it made me feel a little like:

Building my personal brand? Maybe. I did make a sweet logo in Paint.NET and brought in some snazzy web fonts. Incidentally, Google Fonts is a great way to waste several hours. Let’s stick with the hippy-dippy, free-love blogging advertized by Mr. Hanselman.

My goals for this blog are these:

  • Be helpful. While I want this blog to be a container for my passion for software development, I also want what I put out there to be useful to somebody (maybe even somebodies). If I can solve a problem, that means another developer doesn’t have to. Everybody wins and it’s good karma.
  • Get better. I know some things, but I don’t know a lot of things. Aside from the personal and technical growth that will come from the process of preparing my words and bits for all to see, I love collaborating with and learning from people who know more than I do.
  • Avoid TL;DR. No matter how interesting a post is, it’s frustrating to read for 10 minutes, only to realize you still have a ways to go. I’ll try to blow your mind, but keep it quick.

I hope you read and enjoy what is to come and I encourage your feedback!

Thanks to Ryan Niemeyer for the help in getting this set up.

A Little About Me

I’ve been a software developer for 9 years, doing web development for most of that time. For a number of years I worked on an application using ASP.NET, C#, and SQL Server. Since the emergence of JavaScript in recent years, I’ve done a lot more work on that front, especially with jQuery (obvious, right?), KnockoutJS, and even Vanilla JS. There are many more frameworks and libraries that are interesting to me, but for which I have yet to scratch the surface, so I’m excited to use this blog as a venue for those adventures.

I’m also lucky to be a husband and father to two special ladies and one furry one.