I started building websites when I was 12, making heavy use of the popular Copy and Paste Code From Other Websites method. My first few websites were cheesy and terrible so I’ll spare you the details, but one website was popular enough that I found myself managing a small but vibrant community of users, using the open source bulletin board software phpBB. As a result, I spent a lot of time in the phpBB support forums, and eventually picked up enough web dev knowledge to start answering other people’s support questions—not always accurately, but it was a great way to learn.

I no longer run any phpBB boards, but I owe much of my current interest in computer science to that community, which welcomed me aboard as a moderator—and, later, as a member of the website team—even though I was a clueless 15-year-old who had only just found out what Linux was. My early programming experiences consisted of modifying phpBB installations, which was probably not the best way to learn PHP, but I persevered and eventually discovered languages that are not PHP.

In 2014, I graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. I still make cheesy and terrible websites on occasion, like when I registered the domain howdoi.land to show a perpetually flying martlet using CSS animations (still one of my proudest accomplishments). My primary occupation these days, though, is building the core technology for Macromeasures, so I haven’t animated any martlets in a while.

Feel free to email me at my gmail account or send me a message on Twitter @dellsystem if you want to get in touch.

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