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.
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!
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
David YoungSenior Systems & Software Engineer NRG EnergyIT Plant Operations / Wholesale IT
Developer with more than fifteen years of experience as a programmer and information technology generalist with various Fortune 500 companies. Member of Google Glass Explorers program. Expertise includes Web, database, and application development.
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