PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Here's a summary of who I am on a professional level.
Intro
I officially kicked off my development career in 1999. Since 2006 I've spent most of my days at Microsoft, including my current position in the Artificial Intelligence and Research (AI+R) group. In most cases I stick with Microsoft technologies on the server, Angular on the client. If I were to visualize my strength in various technical areas, it'd look something like this:
Server
ASP.NET MVC / Web API
C#
Entity Framework
SQL Server (T-SQL)
Client
HTML5 / CSS3
AngularJS / Angular 4
JavaScript / jQuery
Knockout
Other
Agile Scrum
Prototyping / Design
Azure Platform/Services
XAML
PERSONAL BACKGROUND
Here's a summary of who I am on a personal level.
1975 - 1984
Born in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, a shy kid stumbles his way through elementary school. Darren becomes a big fan of ColecoVision, Hall and Oates, and wiffleball. At age nine he meets his first computer, a TRS-80 Model III. He is strangely drawn to text-based adventure games and wants to make his own.
1985 - 1992
Darren graduates to the Commodore 64, an extraordinary machine that would change everything. He spends countless hours keying in programs listed in computer magazines and he's captivated by games like Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Neuromancer, and The Bard's Tale.
1993 - 1998
Darren heads to college just as the Internet begins to explode. He uses Telnet "talkers" to chat with people around the world and plays Quake with complete strangers. Windows 95 is released and he falls in love with computers all over again. He uses FrontPage to build his first web site — a horrendous arrangement of animated gifs.
1999 - 2006
Darren launches his programming career at a dot-com startup. A co-worker introduces him to EverQuest, which claims several years of his life while permanently securing his love of adventure games. Feeling stagnant in central Pennsylvania, he takes a monumental leap and moves to the Pacific Northwest.
2007 - 2015
Darren lands a contract at Microsoft and is promptly whipped into shape by some of the smartest people in the world. He develops internal tools for a few different teams before traveling to France for several months. Upon his return to the USA he re-joins Microsoft as a full-time employee.
2016 - present
Darren currently lives in Bothell, WA. He's still working at Microsoft and still biting off more than he can chew with ambitious side projects. He owns a real cat named Daphne and an imaginary dog named Murphy (who will be real some day).