1.1 About the Author
Goals & Professional Philosophy
Everything I do — in work or IRL — is rooted in a deep passion for enriching others’ lives. That usually takes the form of great code, great User Experience Design, and just trying to be an awesome person.
Like a lot of geeks, most of my professional knowledge is self-taught. I have an almost unquenchable thirst for new and awesome languages, paradigms, ideas, and just general knowledge.
The way I see it, the fundamental nature of life experience boils down to this: the more things you learn about, the more insight you gain into things you already know — or thought you knew. If there’s anything my profession has taught me, it’s that there’s so much that you don’t know you don’t know.
Interests & Focus
My first passion in webdev was Usability, back in the day of Jakob Nielsen. I’m a fervent advocate of rich, seamless, intuitive user experiences, and I recognize that the larger the audience, the greater the impact of a site’s usability on its bottom line. I’m not afraid to put in that 80% of the effort for 20% of the design (even sometimes more like 90%/10%), when it results in a more elegant solution.
After this I developed a passion for backend development — web services & data exchange, database design, CMSes, Web Application Frameworks, as well as large and small roll-your-own solutions. MVC FTW!1
My next challenge will be merging my loves of language and computer science in the field of Computational Linguistics. I’m super excited about the future of NLP, semantic and syntactic language processing, knowledge representation, semantic networks, pattern recognition/machine learning, and theoretical linguistics and its computational applications. I’m eager to learn more about this ASAP.
I’m always excited about any project that allows me to apply these skills and learn new ones.