I'm a software engineer living in southeastern Pennsylvania, and I currently work for Hudson Robotics as a software engineering manager. I previously worked for IAM Robotics in 2021-2022 to help design and build their flagship platform, and for Suvoda in 2019-2021 to help design and build their flagship platform, and for HomeNet/Cox Automotive in 2009-2019 to build, maintain, and extend their flagship InventoryOnline application. I am also the author of SpaceMonger, a popular disk-analysis tool, and I've spent decades designing a new programming language named Smile. In my spare time, I'm building video games, because video games are fun :-)
I graduated Penn State with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science in 1998. I started writing software when I was eight years old, and today, more than 35 years later, I'm comfortably fluent in about 30 programming languages. My core focuses are on usability, efficiency, optimization, compilers, and language theory — all concepts that when implemented empower people to do more than they could without them.
I've been in this industry long enough to see technologies born, grow, and die. I'm not a fan of buzzwords, "paradigms," or the tech-of-the-day. I love creating high-quality software, but believe that many current software "processes" can't and won't ever produce it, and I'm very skeptical of anything that's being hyped. I'm a believer in "now you have two problems", YAGNI, and "Don't Repeat Yourself", and I strongly believe that an ounce of understanding is worth a pound of "solutions."
In my personal life, I'm happily married with two kids, a dog and a cat, and a nice house in the suburbs; and my hobbies include drawing and writing.
All code I post on StackOverflow is released under the terms of the WTFPL open-source license.