About Rob

I guess I’ve been writing code almost since I was able to type.

I started out with QBASIC in the early 90s, writing and modding games. Later, I picked up Visual Basic and Visual C++ in the middle 90s while I was in Middle School. Later still, I learned variants of Lisp and Forth for programming MUDs. I did some Perl in the late 90s during the first dot-com bubble and learned some Java and C in college. My last three jobs have been primarily PHP and Javascript, but with a healthy dose of other languages including Ruby, Python, Objective-C and Swift, before making the transition into management.

I earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) in 2004 and have worked as a software engineer in a wide range of industries: transit systems, education, computer-based training, telecommunications, and online retailing. I’m is currently a team lead at DealNews.

I also do private consulting (if you’re interested in this, you can contact me).

I’m married to a wonderful wife, Sarah Peck, and I have a beautiful little girl, Scarlett Rose.

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Other Interests

  • Photography
  • Art Deco art and architecture
  • Space, astrophysics, and the study of Supernovas and Comets.
  • Nuclear technology in general, and nuclear accidents in particular
  • Making (and drinking!) wine
  • Hard science fiction, especially the works of Robert J. Sawyer, Stephen Baxter, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke
  • Aviation
  • Trains (and model trains!)
  • Jam bands like Widespread Panic, Phish, moe., and String Cheese Incident.