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I’m David Young.  I live in Houston, Texas with my wonderful wife and three children (all girls!), a beagle, a gray tabby, and a house full of computers (two Macs, several iPads, and two Windows PCs).  My wife and I are both graduates of Texas A&M University.

I began writing computer programs when I was 8 years old.  Most of them were written in BASIC on an Apple IIc running PRODOS, with only a 5.25-inch floppy disk drive for storage.

Thirty years later, the world of computing has become a bit more complicated.  Now, as a professional software developer, the programs I write involve ASP.NET, Visual Basic, Python, C#, AJAX, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, XML, JSON, T-SQL, SSIS, SSRS, Crystal Reports, SharePoint, etc.  (And the list of technologies keeps growing.)

However, one thing has not changed.  I am still in search of the simplest, most elegant way to solve a problem, and I prefer not to reinvent the wheel whenever possible.  Since these goals are not always mutually exclusive, I will share some of the discoveries I’ve made through my adventures in coding.

During the day, I am a software engineer for a Fortune 500 company.  When I’m not hard at work (developing and maintaining Web sites and databases, writing SQL stored procedures, etc.) I enjoy family time at home and at church, reading all sorts of books, traveling, and amateur radio.  Also, programming computers is not just my profession; it is a lifelong passion – so I continue to learn about that on my own time as well.  That’s why I love my job!

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How did I get into Software Development?

My first memory of using a computer was in my kindergarten class in 1981, where I learned how to load a math program onto a Tandy TRS-80 Model III using a cassette tape.  By the time I was 8, I had progressed to writing simple Logo and BASIC programs on the Commodore 64 and Apple IIe computers in my school library.   My parents had figured out that I really enjoyed playing with computers at school, so my grandfather bought me my first computer, an Apple IIc, for my birthday.  In high school, I switched to the IBM PC, and learned GW-BASIC, QBasic, and Borland Pascal for DOS.  When I got to college I studied FORTRAN, C++, mainframe COBOL, HTML, Visual Basic 6.0, and ANSI SQL.

Professionally, I’ve worked with quite a few different technologies, with most centered around Classic ASP / ASP.NET Web development, Microsoft SQL Server databases, Microsoft SharePoint, and the occasional Access / Excel VBA or legacy Windows console application thrown in for good measure. I am currently learning to develop Web applications using Ruby on Rails on my MacBook Pro.

My Contact Information

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Senior Systems & Software Engineer NRG EnergyIT Plant Operations / Wholesale IT
Home Harris Houston TX 77089 USA Cell Phone: +1.713.909.9426 Website: Deep in the Code – Adventures in Software Development (my blog)
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