I’ve been programming for the web ever since a friend taught me how to make a web page in Microsoft Word in 1999. Being a musician, creating websites for local bands was where I cut my teeth on HTML and CSS. It was a learning experience if not very lucrative. Slowly, web development became more than a hobby, but an obsession. I was addicted to building the internet and was determined to do it for a living. I wedged my foot in the door of the industry as a designer/web-guy for a local print shop. Not being a master at Photoshop they offered to train me in print design in exchange for adding web design to their services. I did every kind of print design imaginable during the day (and a few web sites) and would go home at night and learn more about creating dynamic websites. Soon, I had enough chops to leave the design world and get a front-end developer position at a small agency in Chicago.
Since then I’ve been creating everything from micro-sites to enterprise web applications for some of the largest brands in the world from HP to McDonalds. Although by title I’ve typically been a front-end developer, I prefer to avoid that distinction. I’m comfortable in the backend as I am creating complex interfaces. My passion dictates that I spend most evenings delving deeper into the development process. Basically, github is my facebook.