Profile of a Developer - Zach Gardner
I guess the best way to begin developer profiles is by starting with myself.
How did you hear about AllofE - I've known about AllofE since my senior year of high school. I was in a work study program, so I submitted my resume to several local businesses. AllofE was one of those places. I got a job elsewhere, but ended up at AllofE four years after that.
What got you into developing software - I purchased the video game Counter Strike in 2002 when I lived in California. It was the first computer video game I really got into. I was curious how a lot of it worked, so I began looking up ways to program inside the game. After making a short script that helped me jump higher, I was hooked.
How long have you been programming - My first experience with real programming came in 2003 when I took an introductory level programming class in high school. We used Microsoft Visual Basic to program. I've been doing web programming since 2005; I worked at Allen Press here in Lawrence and helped them develop their internal employee website.
What do you listen to while you work - When I do have my headphones in, I'm probably listening to People Under the Stairs, Nas, or Atmosphere. I can't really explain why I like listening to hip-hop. There's just something so unique and entrancing about it.
What do you do outside of AllofE - I'm in my fifth year of involvement in the American Legion Boys State of Kansas. I'm a fan of West Ham United FC, and of KU. I also enjoy playing with my family's dog Max.