Welcome to Stringly Typed, a blog for the technoliterati and pretty much everyone else, because we’re not particular here. My mission is to share what I’ve learned from my years in software development (a few, with hopefully a good deal more to come) and in life (a few more). When I can I will toss in a bit of Shakespeare and some song lyrics, because, well, why not? Tech can sometimes seem a little dry, and I felt with my somewhat unique background, of which I will speak on a little later, I may as well use what I have in my toolbox to make it a little less so.

Maybe you’re just getting started with programming and/or web development and could use some encouragement and guidance, or maybe you’ve been at it a while and you’re just looking for a fun read. Or you just got lost navigating around the Internet, in which case, this just might be the happiest accident you’ve had all month! I hope to make it worth your while.

Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end; then stop.

-Lewis Carroll

As for me, I’ve been in the programming game for about 10 years now although I really only came into my own around 2015 when I started working as a professional developer. Before that I was working in information technology as an analyst and developed a pretty good sense around the kind of things that make for a successful project from my time in the field. I studied Computer Engineering at the University of Kansas School of Engineering where many of my instructors were younger (and smarter) than I was, and graduated in 2014. I landed in web development sometime after that and never really looked back. I love to learn, and I love to share what I’ve learned with others, and a blog is something I’ve been itching to do for a while.

As for the Shakespeare thing, well, that’s because before I was an engineer I got a B.A. in English studies at a small liberal arts college in northern Massachussets. I did give the English degree a fair shake and very nearly got into journalism, but it was just about the time that newspapers were shrinking in size and the future for reporters seemed a bit too bleak for my taste. Not to worry, they’re finding their way through the Internet age, but I wasn’t so sure back then it would work out and I ended up casting about for a while until I landed in tech. It has been a wild ride sometimes, but a fun one.

I look forward to taking this journey with you! Cheers.