I’ve been a professional software dev for over 30 years … geeze, that’s hard to imagine.
My focus since 2001 has been mobile devices and location-based systems. After nearly a decade as a Microsoft Mobile Development MVP (Most Valuable Professional – Microsoft’s term … not mine), I now focus on Android and iOS development. I spent many years more passionate about Android than iOS but since 2015 that’s been changing. I love the openness and freedom of Android but there is a definite elegance to the iOS way of doing things. My server-side work tends to be in Microsoft .NET. At times I like to use Xamarin for my mobile development which now allows me to use .NET & C# for device development as well. Honestly … whether working in Java, Objective-C, or C#/.NET … what I really love is creating cool apps and mentoring other developers to do so.
I’ve been an independent software consultant since 2000. In the time since I first became independent I’ve had the opportunity to co-found multiple software startups and serve in a consulting role to several more. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity write books on Android development, write a number of articles on the topic of mobile development, speak at several conferences, and to have served as a contributing “expert” resource on mobile software development issues to a variety of media outlets. These days I spend a lot of my time creating software developer training materials for Pluralsight. You can find the list of my courses here.
My wife and I live in Celebration, FL (checkout Celebration and Celebration Town Center). Celebration is an amazing little town and it’s just 3 miles from Walt Disney World. There are days where we leave our place, drive to the park, and are walking through the park gates just 15 minutes after walking out our front door … now that’s cool!
I’m blessed to be part of an amazing church family at illuminate church here in Celebration, FL. Whenever you’re in the Disney World area, I encourage you to visit our church. We currently meet at Celebration High School at 10am on Sundays. If you drive straight from Magic Kingdom to the other end of World Drive and then turn right you’ll be there. Everyone is welcome!