Web Apps Developer / Trainer
Web Apps Developer / Trainer
Jeff has worked nearly two decades as a developer on many high-profile websites. These experiences and others have contributed to the building blocks of his career. Besides writing code, he also enjoys writing and editing prose. He has ghost-written online content for several clients and writes on multiple blogs. Blog topics include technology & programming, religion & philosophy, island living…and anything else he finds interesting when the coding is complete.
In 2018, Jeff took on a new role as a trainer for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He facilitates classes as an MSF RiderCoach at state-sponsored classes and for Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy.
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Sometime back in the dark ages of the B.I. years (Before Internet), I learned to program in Basic on an Apple IIe and an Atari 800XL. (That should date me for the die-hard nerds out there.) I enjoyed creating simple programs, and picked up quickly on programming constructs. Despite my family’s encouragement later on, I didn’t want to study Computer Science in college. I told them I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer screen all day.
Instead of Computer Science, I studied Communications in college. I enjoyed writing, radio, video, public speaking. You know…anything media-related in the days before the Internet. Although I had planned to work as a press secretary or speechwriter for a politician (what was I thinking?), economic factors pushed me into something more practical: sales.
I worked in sales and management for about ten years. It went well, but I only felt any satisfaction when a consultative style of sale prevailed over the “hard sell.” I’m just not the type of person to lean hard on someone to make a purchase. I’d rather make sure they get what fits their needs, even if I don’t offer it. That’s a tough concept to explain to some people, but I believe it’s a better way to do business.
I broke out of sales and made a connection back to my university studies in 2000, when I became a technical writer for a Fortune 500 company. During that time, I adapted my programming skills to this new thing called the World Wide Web. When my department head found out I could code, I began splitting my time between writing user manuals and writing code for the documentation portion of the company website.
From there, I dove head-first into full-stack web development and IT operations at a start-up. We built and supported high-profile college and high school sports sites. I learned Linux and database admin skills in a trial-by-fire atmosphere, babysitting servers for Friday night football and making quick patches during March Madness.
Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. I’ve worked as a full-stack web developer and devops engineer. I’ve worked on and supported sites ranging from that Fortune 500 company, state and local governments, a few mom-and-pop storefronts, and lots of high-visibility sites in between.
Now I spend nearly all my time in front of a computer screen…and I love it.