Intro [Alex]

My name is Alex Bendig and I am happy to have the opportunity to join this small group of early members of code snipers. This is my obligatory introductory post.

I first got introduced to computer programming in High School in the very early 1990s when I taught myself Turbo Pascal and then proceeded to develop a file management software for my father's office. That worked out alright and provided me with some cash that I would invest in better hardware. Anyway - I decided to eventually pursue a degree in Computer Science and move on to bigger and better things in the world of software development.

Now, about 12 years later, I have since accumulated professional experience, developed entrepreneurial aspirations and have also managed to keep looking at all of this as a hobby and not just a job. I enjoy learning about new technologies, continuously study various areas of computer science and software engineering and have thus far avoided specializing in any one thing.

I am looking forward to many interesting discussions here at code snipers.

Person.Introduce("Paul Dix");

This is my first post so I'm a little nervous, but let me just introduce myself. My name is Paul Dix and I'm a software developer living in New York City. I've been working with computers professionally for 10 years. During that time I’ve worked as a lowly PC technician, a network administrator, a network engineer, a software tester, and (for the last 5 years) as a software developer. My experience ranges in company sizes from a small startup of five people to contracting for Microsoft or Air Force.
Currently my interests are in JavaScript, XSLT, AJAX, and .NET. I’ve also been playing around a bit with Python just to get myself out of being so Microsoft centric. Software security is another interest I hope to write a number of posts about. I’m a regular reader of the forums over at Joel on Software and I recently attended the Fog Creek open house (I can confirm that the office is impressive). Hopefully I’ll be able to write some interesting posts and help keep lively discussions going! is Live!

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