Here's a summary of who I am on a professional level.
I officially kicked off my development career in 1999. Since 2006 I've spent most of my days at Microsoft, most recently in Artificial Intelligence and Research (AI+R). I generally use Microsoft technologies on the server, Angular for web clients. If I were to visualize my strength in various technical areas it'd look something like this:
Entity Framework
SQL Server (T-SQL)
JavaScript / jQuery
Agile Scrum
Prototyping / Design
Azure CI/CD
Xamarin (Android)
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
Just as the Internet's popularity begins to explode, Darren heads to college and connects with people around the world. Windows 95 is released and he falls in love with computers all over again. He uses FrontPage to build a web site — it's a horrendous mosaic of animated gifs.
1999 - 2006
Darren launches his programming career at a dot-com startup. A co-worker introduces him to EverQuest, which inspires him to delve even deeper into software development. Feeling stagnant on the career front in central Pennsylvania, he takes a monumental leap and moves to the Pacific Northwest.
2007 - 2015
After landing a contract opportunity at Microsoft, Darren 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 joins Microsoft Research (now AI+R) as a full-time employee.
2016 - present
Darren currently lives in Bothell, WA. He's still tackling ambitious side projects and learning new things such as Xamarin and React. Whether it's a personal project or enterprise application, one thing remains clear: he's at his best when he's able to apply creativity to the development process.