Adrien J. Howard aka adorablepuppy

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Quite some time ago when tinkering with computers, I installed my first GNU/Linux distribution, Debian. Eventually I broke the system and the Debian disc got scratched on the top, so I downloaded Slackware and installed it. Since the Slackware system didn't start X, I was stuck in shell until I got it fixed. From my command line work on Windows 98, I knew how to change directories and luckily for me, the dir command existed. I searched the system for the place where the cd and dir commands were stored. I found /bin and jedit and went on my way to edit the system's config files until X worked. After Slackware dropped support of GNOME in favor of KDE(Slackware 10.1 I believe), I decided to try other distributions.

The entire order went something like:

  • Debian
  • Slackware
  • Red Hat
  • Slackware
  • SUSE
  • Slackware
  • FreeBSD
  • Slackware
  • Puppy
  • DSL
  • MonoLive Disc (based on Ubuntu I believe)

  • Foresight
  • Gentoo
  • Foresight
  • Ubuntu

Through Slackware, I learned the internals of Linux, how to compile source, how to configure things. It was my favorite until Foresight, where I learned that manually managing your dependencies as I'd done in the past was a waste of time.

Software Development Career

I'm a software developer and have wanted to be since the age of 12. I took classes at a local community college on VB, but before the beginning programming in VB course, I'd already surpassed the advanced programming class. I was driven to create an skinnable interface editor similar to notepad, but with a "cool skin". I almost got the editor finished when I decided the project was stupid in the first place. After I'd taken all the programming and networking courses in college, I was left with general education classes. After a while of unemployment that stemmed from a dispute in a local grocery store, I got a job in software development, where my skills in programming elevated me to the position of Chief Software Architect. But, it wasn't hard. I was the only programmer and got to choose my title. To this very day, I remain there.

Programming Languages Known

  • Python (my favorite)
  • Various .NET languages
  • VB6
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Ruby
  • PHP
  • Lisp and Scheme
  • Various SQL implementations
    • Microsoft SQL
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL (favorite platform!)

Markup and Markup Related

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • XML
  • XSL(T)

AdrienJHoward (last edited 2008-08-06 16:34:08 by localhost)