John David Young - About

About Me

I’m David Young.  I live in Houston, Texas with my wonderful wife and three children (all girls!), and several pets.  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.

Almost forty 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, such as Classic ASP / VB and ASP.NET / VB.NET or C#, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases, Microsoft SharePoint, Adobe ColdFusion, Microsoft Power BI, Amazon Redshift cloud data warehouse, and even the occasional Access / Excel VBA or legacy Windows console application thrown in for good measure. I am currently learning more about data science and data analysis using Power BI, Python, and other related technologies.

My résumé, can be found here.

My Contact Information

John David Young

Data Science and Analytics Analyst NRG EnergyHome Protection – Planning and Performance Management
Cell Phone: +1.713.909.9426 Website: Deep in the Code – Adventures in Software Development (my blog)
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Biographical Info

Developer with more than twenty 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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