Who is darren mart, anyway?

Professional overview

I began my software development career in 1999 and have spent most of my time at Microsoft since 2006. For server-side development I generally stick with .NET Core and Azure, while most of my client-side work is in React and Angular. To summarize my technical skills:

Technologies and Frameworks

.NET Core (C#)
HTML5 / CSS3 / JavaScript
ReactJS + TypeScript
Azure Functions + Service Fabric
Xamarin (Android)
SQL Server (T-SQL)

implemented in enterprise project(s).
implemented in personal project(s).

Additional Expertise

Agile Scrum, Wireframing (Balsamiq Mockups), Video Editing (Filmora, Camtasia), Audio Editing (Audacity), Git.

Personal life

1975 - 1984

Born in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, I was a shy kid stumbling my way through elementary school. I was a huge fan of ColecoVision, Hall and Oates, and wiffleball. At age nine I met my first computer: a TRS-80 Model III. I was oddly intrigued by text-based adventure games.

1985 - 1992

I graduated to the Commodore 64, a remarkable machine that changed everything. I'd spend countless hours typing in programs from computer magazines and I was completely captivated by games like Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Neuromancer, and of course, The Bard's Tale.

1993 - 1998

Just as the Internet's popularity began to explode, I headed off to college and connected with people around the world. Windows 95 was released and I fell in love with computers all over again. I used FrontPage to build my first web site. It was a horrendous mosaic of animated gifs.

1999 - 2006

My programming career was launched at a dot-com startup. A co-worker introduced me to EverQuest, inspiring me to delve even deeper into the mysteries of software development. Feeling stagnant in central Pennsylvania, I took a monumental leap and moved to the Pacific Northwest.

2007 - 2015

After landing a contract at Microsoft, I was promptly whipped into shape by some of the smartest people in the world. I developed tools for internal teams before traveling to France for several months. Upon my return to the United States I joined Microsoft Research as a full-time employee.

2016 - present

I'm currently living in Maple Valley, WA with the lovely Christina and two adorable kiddos, Kendall and Austin. I'm still developing software for a living and I've got a number of technical and creative projects in the works. Stay tuned!

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