Know This Nerd? Meet Matthew Dangerfield

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Matthew Dangerfield is a local freelance software developer for hire.

 
What initially sparked your interest in technology?

My Dad is a software developer, so he initially got me interested. He started teaching me to program when I was only about 8. I liked having the ability to create anything I wanted.

What was the first programming language you learned?

Scratch, a block-based drag and drop introductory programming language from MIT. I had a lot of fun making games with it.

What do you do now?

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Know This Nerd? Meet Matthew Scofield

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Matthew Scofield is an applications developer (Java / C#) and local freelancer for hire.

 

What initially sparked your interest in technology?

Even as a kid, I could never seem to reconcile how we each somehow live together yet existentially isolated. I had a dream: I started to see myself like Jeff Bridges in Tron charting thoughtfully along some glowing blue stream carrying a sincere hope. I had an idea that ubiquitous communication could transcend all barriers to bring scattered “tribes” together (at least as closely as possible in this brief imperfect life :).

Ok, well all that, plus, my uncle would bring over a 1985 IBM PC-5155-68 to let me play Flight Simulator 2.0 on DOS 2.10 and if you missed it, that was EPIC.

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Know This Nerd? Meet Sarah German

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Sarah German is a senior back end developer and local freelancer for hire.

 
What initially sparked your interest in technology?

In 8th grade, I was a guitarist in a band called the Ice Cream Señoritas. If you were into the underground alt-rock scene of Prairie Village, Kansas in 1998, you may have heard of us. Anyways, we were in desperate need of a website, so I made us one on GeoCities.

What was the first programming language you learned?

Learned a little QBasic in elementary school, then took an 11 year hiatus from the whole programming thing and later learned ColdFusion in college.

What do you do now?

Back-end development and tech spec writing for Drupal and WordPress projects. I work with PHP and JavaScript mostly. And spreadsheets.

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Know This Nerd? Meet Sarah Marrone

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Sarah Marrone is a freelance front-end developer in Minnesota.

What initially sparked your interest in technology and what was the first programming language you learned?

In my first job out of college, I was eventually tasked with maintaining the website. This was my first exposure to coding and it got me thinking about pursuing it as a career option. HTML was the language.

What do you do now?

Front-end development, using HTML, Ractive, CSS, Javascript

How did you develop the skillsets to get to where you are today? Did you have formal training or were you largely self-taught?

Kind of a combination, in the beginning I took a couple workshops but was mainly self-taught, lots of Googling. Then when I made the decision to switch careers, I enrolled at Prime Digital Academy and completed their bootcamp. That gave me a good jump start, and from there I’ve continued learning on my own and on the job (and there’s still plenty of Googling).

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Know This Nerd? Meet Chak Potluri

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Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 8.31.11 AMChak Potluri is a freelance software developer in Minnesota.

What initially sparked your interest in technology?

I am originally from India and we had 1 hour of computer games per week. I was excited to play MARIO and bird shooting games.This sparked interest in exploring how these were built.

What was the first programming language you learned?

My first programming language was BASIC. It was fun to write small programs when I was kid and see a big box called a computer respond to my instructions.

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Know This Nerd? Meet Jared Sieling

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JaredJared Sieling is a freelance software developer in Minnesota.

What initially sparked your interest in technology?

When I was real little my dad brought home an Apple II computer, with the big floppy disks, and I’d spend hours going through all the disks, starting them up, and seeing what their programs did. Mesmerized me. Of course, the games took up most my time, with Lode Runner being the best and Oregon Trail a close second. (Let the debate begin!)

What was the first programming language you learned?

Visual Basic. In 7th grade, I learned it to build a study tool for my geography class.

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Know This Nerd? Meet Brian Saycocie

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Brian Saycocie is a Front End Engineer with Thomson Reuters and a local freelancer for hire.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

My earliest memory was back in elementary school, I was first introduced to a IBM PC and played one of the greatest games at the time, Oregon Trail.

At what age did you write your first computer program?  What did it do?

In my early teens, I got my hands on Macromedia Dreamweaver (before they were bought out by Adobe) and built my first, yet terrible website.
Think table layout with inline styles.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Caylan Larson

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CaylanLarsonCaylan Larson an iOS and Mac OS developer based Winona, Minnesota.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I have memories of playing games on a Commodore 64. A distant uncle was a game hacker and he would put arcade games on 5-1/4 floppies. Sadly, the Commodore was our family’s last computer until the summer I turned 15 and saved my lawn mowing and MN State Fair concession stand wages to afford Apple’s new 1998 Bondi Blue iMac.

At what age did you write your first computer program? What did it do?

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Know this Nerd? Meet Mitchell Nick

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Mitchell NickMitchell Nick is a full stack feelanceweb developer who likes to “Build awesome stuff on the web in Ruby on Rails.”

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

I remember plopping in a floppy disk and having green text flash across the screen. I’ve been hooked since. Jeez, I feel old saying that.

At what age did you write your first computer program? What did it do?

This is embarrassing, but my first real computer program (not just small snippets of code) was written in VBA during an internship. I helped a call center that had high levels of seasonal calls determine how many people to staff and what hours they should
work to have less than a 2 minute hold time at 90% confidence level.
It worked like a charm.

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Know this Nerd? Meet Andrew Robbins

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AndrewRobbinsThank you to The Nerdery for underwriting the Know this Nerd? series.

Andrew Robbins is an independent developer from Minneapolis who “makes the web beautiful.”

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

The first time I remember being mesmerized by technology was when I was around 11 years old. After retirement, my Grandpa brought home an HP computer which at the time was running Windows 95. I remember sitting on that thing for hours at a time— completely intrigued by the whole experience. I would spent most of my time creating folders / files and of course creating masterpieces in MS Paint.

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