If I'm not blabbering on about what pizza I made last night, about how much I like my car or about some song from the 80s I've only recently discovered, I am probably busy programming something I want to be the Next Big Thing™.
I was no stranger to computers at a young age. While we didn't have a family computer for quite some time, I jumped on a computer at any chance I could - these machines were fascinating.
I was around 10 years old when I was introduced to programming with my IT teacher showing me HTML and CSS. This opened my eyes to the wide world of programming and over the years, I taught myself a few programming languages like PHP and C# prior to any formal education in either.
I didn't take a typical path through the education system, leaving highschool after Year 10 thanks to an unique opportunity to start a Bachelor of Information Technology 2 years earlier than what normally is possible. To spice up my life, I also decided to start a small business called Turner Software where I was able to do some freelancing website development work.
I finished up my degree at the end of 2011 and landed a job at a local website development agency, Plastyk Studios. I progressed through the ranks, learning a bunch of things on the way.
After 7 years there, it was time for me to leave the proverbial nest and dive 100% into my dream of running a software development company. Time will tell if I am successful...
I don't think there is an easier way to put this than: Open source is my jam!
This list below are some of the open source projects I am currently working on.
An "Entity Framework"-like interface for the MongoDB .NET Driver. What started as an internal project for my business, it has become one of my larger open source libraries.
A simple but powerful "polite" web crawler library for .NET developers. Doesn't have dashboards or require a database - it keeps it simple.
An efficient multi-layered caching system for .NET projects. Inspired from a blog post, this has become a popular caching tool.
An extremely optimized .NET Levenshtein Distance calculator. Uses the various techniques I cover in my Levenshtein Distance blog posts and then some.
Robots Exclusion Tools
A .NET library to parse "robots.txt" - used by Infinity Crawler and my Sitemap Tools libraries. It makes it easy to check whether a URL is allowed to be crawled or not.
While not as important to me as my open source work, I do like writing blog posts about a variety of different topics. From Levenshtein Distance to the pitfalls of designing your own Timezone Library, I try to share a little bit of knowledge or information that might help someone. Here are some of the recent posts I have done:
Proxying Rainbow Six LAN for WAN with .NET
A simple journey of learning, debugging and building my way to play an old game with a friend.
Ref-structs are technically [Obsolete]
How one very useful C# feature has a hidden quirk that tripped up my code coverage reports.
The pain points of C# source generators: February 2022 Update
Ten months on from my original post, a quick update on things.
Fixing my BF1942 woes with Win32 APIs
Fullscreen didn't work and window mode was bugged. Thought I'd try programming a solution - mix things up a little.
Fun with Flags, Enums and Bit Shifting
Vexillology and bit shifting are not talked about together - until now.