Jun 20 2016
As a child, Ryan was curious to a fault and often had to be warned not to take things apart. He decided to study Computer Science after realizing he was unofficially tutoring half of his dorm floor. A competitive runner in college, Ryan continues to remain active by enjoying Boulder’s hiking and biking scene. He also likes things that fly, like his pet cockatiel and hobby aircraft.
I earned my BS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. After school, I worked under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) developing Java systems and generally whetting my web development skill.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been consulting using Ruby on Rails and its matching ecosystem. It’s easily the happiest language I’ve ever used.
I think the most interesting project I’ve tackled is the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae. It’s really a very dense app with lots of features: social networking, journalistic content, jobs board, and applications. It was challenging and rewarding to grow a diverse product from scratch.
The thing I enjoy most about engineering, especially software development, is the chance for expression, like any profession to master. Past red green refactor, past the language itself, is the space to see yourself reflected in the code.
I probably most dislike the homogeneity of the software community. I believe it’s improving but we certainly haven’t arrived. My fear is we can end up in an echo chamber that assures we are the smartest, most clever keepers of the community. I hope the future is more and more inclusive of people and ideas.
I suspect it’s some combination of curiosity and grit (See: Sandi Metz.) The stuff every kid is made of!
I think validation. Developing software takes precision. There’s a strong, objective (thanks, compiler) validation of each and every piece of work I create.
Building a gamified web application in the past really helped me flex some interesting architecture skills. I’ve come away with this: understand the currency (points, gil, MojoBUCKS) and rewards (currency, prizes, perks) of the system. Properly decoupling these make a much more flexible, forward-compatible system.
I’m looking forward to new sectors of client work and new engineering challenges.
Reason. “Ultima Ratio Regum.”
Yavascript on asm.js is a good guess.
Staying one step ahead of comfort.