Today is my two year anniversary at my job.
I haven't been congratulated, appreciated or even thanked for the work I have done with my company. (Was congratulated the day after with cup cakes and a card...) I guess you have to speak up and let people know what is going on before it happens. I have learned a lot at my job and have taken very little to do so. These days that go by feel tiring and sad. I am in a supporting role now after I built an application from the ground up. The SQL database, the documentation and the code. I came out of college knowing very little about databases and even less about coding. I develop in ASP.NET and C# which I had to learn from the start with this job. I have barely had a lick of C or C++. I was a computer Engineer, yet this job took me in to build a web app for the customer. The project was built by me and it is my little baby. Now I am in a supporting role in a team of 4 which I am the only one working in .NET while my other co-workers work in coldfusion. My job was interesting when I first started building the application, learning things for the first time. Now most of my time is spent experimenting with new technologies and research (cough, cough surfing) the internet in search for more. Trying to learn new things and doing my damnedest to learn more of C#. I have a firm grasp on the easy parts of C#, I just started using classes about a year ago and have figured out methods and code reuse when I was just starting out. I remember the day I figured it out. I must have deleted 1000's of lines of code. It was nice. It was a good day. I am just now picking up expressions and actually have my own personaly framework sitting at home. I have a vast collection of extensions, methods and classes that I have written 90% my self. I love the term "code reuse". I used my framework in every application I make and it sure does come in handy when I want to do something really fast without having to re-invent the wheel. Having your own framework makes life a lot easier when you want to shell out code fast for a customer that you have already used before.
I remember my co-worker first pointing me to CodingHorror and I was just flabbergasted. There were people out there who had way more experience than I. It was an entire community. I was so impressed. I wanted to join it, and be apart of it. I talked to my boss about attending my first conference Dev-Connections where I again was so impressed. I loved it. I got to talk with some of the most appealing ASP.NET guru's. I learned a lot from that conference and now I want to go back as a public speaker. I went to see how to do it finding that I needed to submit a few ideas about what to present. I missed the deadline the first time by a few days and the second time by 2 months. I have signed up to the list to know when they decide to ask for speakers and one day I will be a presenter. I have been known to be a great speaker in my time and can present upon a subject well. I just stink sometimes at writing about it. Thats why I started a blog a bit before DevConnections. I wanted to write better and be able to put my thoughts down on paper. So now on the spare time I have I write a blog post or two. I enjoy blogging and hopefully one day I will become a .NET MVP. That day will be here before I know it hopefully.
I built my own bug tracker for my application and I usually get one or two fixes a day I get to work on. By 12:00 Noon, I have my work down for the day and need to find another 6 hours to use up. After I came back to the job from DevConnections, I presented my boss with an ideal for an admin assistant program. They couldn't give me funding so they told me to work on it on my off time. I haven't truly touched it in about 6 months. I find my self getting bored way to fast with nothing to do. I have told my boss during my meetings with him that I have nothing to do and he told me to present the customer with this and see what he says.
After two years, I have tried to move up the latter a bit, but since I am located in Melbourne, Fl it is hard to find another programming job around the area. I am here and can't move because the woman I love is going to school. I have been called by Microsoft a couple of times to come interview, but sadly and respectfully decline not wanting to waste their time because I wasn't able to move.
After two years, I enjoy my time because I get a lot of free time with little to no dead lines, but it does get boring. I wish I could find a better job in my area, but don't see that happening any time soon. I am trying my hardest to build applications during my off time at home and have been decently successful. As you can see from my Profile, I have done a bit and am still working on DrinkingFor. I hope to have that finished in the next month and be working on another few ideas I have very soon. Time will only tell how far I get.
I got this job straight out of college and I feel it is time to move on, hopefully to one of my Startups but I could be happy with another company for now. The future is bright with my startups, hopefully I get to work from home by my third year.
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- Lumber by Lance - 2008 – This site is for a customer that produces logs to lumber and then has a kiln to dry the lumber out.
- Indialantic Volunteer Fire Department - 2008 – This site is for a volunteer fire department out of Indialantic Beach, Fl. I was quite happy with this project because all the white space is completely updatable before I found out the concept of what a CMS is.
- DotNet Instant Messenger - 2008 - This site was designed by a friend without a website. I designed and created DotNet IM. Pretty proud of this one actually. First real engine I have put out on the internet.
- DrinkingFor -2008 - Been working on this site with my partner in crime. I knew asp.net and he knew only java. Since C# and Java go hand and hand, he wanted to jump onto a simple project. This is it. We are working on it to make sure it up to web 2.0 standards but it has been launched.
- UtopiaPimp also at UtopiaShrimp - 2009 - I started this site well over a year ago and gave it a break so I could work on DrinkingFor. I am back at this site and it is working well for me. The site is built for a Online game at Utopia.Swirve.com. It is a game that requires a bit of intellect and collaboration. The learning curve has said to be high, but it is still one of the best and if not oldest online games in the world. UtopiaPimp currently has over 30k users.
- ItFeelsLike -2010- I built this site to show how it feels for different things in our lives. Physical or mental Feelings. Have you ever been shot? Well I haven't and would love to know what it actually feels like if someone can describe the feeling.
- DeMotivatedPosters - 2010 - This site was mainly built for fun and to learn ASP.NET MVC. It is for all those DeMotivational poster lovers out there! It gives you a chance to create your own DeMotivational Poster!
- PostSecret Collection - 2010 - I created this site because there was no real archiving place for postsecret.com. I loved the site, so this is somewhat of a tribute to it. The entire collection has been downloaded using several different sites to hunt down the postcards. I since implemented Germany's, France's, The UK's, and Spain's into the site.
- Roller Derby Penalty Timer - 2011 - I created both a paid and free version of a penalty timer application for Roller Derby. This application is currently only on the Android Phone.
- Audingo - 2011 - I built this Android application for a Start up out of Texas who is trying to be the next company to sell things at a discount, but instead of reading things, they want to call and text them to you. Cool idea and could be used elsewhere. I guess time will only tell if they do well.
- Dolphin Words - 2011 - I built this simple little website to help others out when trying to solve a Cross word Puzzle. Its simple and nice looking. Probably the nicest looking Crossword, Words With Friends, Scrabble, and Words by Post Helper out there on the web.
- Endurance Leaders Android, iOS and Windows Phone - 2015 - A mobile app built in Xamarin targeting the three major mobile platforms. Android, iOS and Windows Phone. This app was a product of a contract completed. It helped target your fitness goals.
- Roller Derby Nation - 2013/2016 - Roller Derby Nation helps teams and leagues manage their self better. Its an all in one management solution for sports leagues.
- Horizon Child Development Center - 2016 - I built a Child Day Care website for my daughters school. Something I am proud of. It was created from the ground up by DotNetNuke.
- We Work Hourly - 2016 - I built a job board for the hourly worker. One that specifically is geared towards the freelance and hourly worker.
- We Contract Work - 2016 - I built a job board for the contract worker. One that specifically is geared towards the contracting worker.
- We Work Fulltime - 2016 - I built a job board for the full time worker. One that specifically is geared towards the full time salaried worker.
- RW3 Culture Wizard - 2016 - Project I worked on building out modules for the culture wizard of RW3. It was built in ASP.NET and C#.
- Cortex - 2015/2016 - Project like education software blackboard. It helps small educational schools manage and prepare their kids for improved educational activities. Using the EDFI education model.
- Karder and Quickbase - 2015/2016 - Built many bolt on applications for Karders Quickbase applications. Camera, video taking and forms for Quickbase and DC management.
- Nearix - 2014/2016 - Contractor for many small applications for Nearix including Social Integration. An application that allowed companies to use software to post to 100 different social platforms at one time.
- Sharepoint Developer - 2015/2016 - Completed sharepoint modules and migrations within the 2 year cycle.
My Profile and Accomplishments
By now you might be asking who I am. You keep reading my posts, but have no idea what I look like or what I do. I am Scott Pio, I graduated from College at Florida Institute of Technology and currently live with my girlfriend Sara in Palm Bay, FL. I work for a Government Company that has been in the news a lot as of lately. I grew up as a kid who took things apart to see how they worked inside. I just had one small problem, I wasn't able to put them back together and of course disgruntled my parents.
I am an Eagle Scout with the Boyscouts of America where I spent all my free time, along with being Tomoka Chapter Chief for two consecutive years in the Order of the Arrow.
I was expelled out of High school for hacking as a freshman and was forced to stay in High school because of a little A.D.D. I supposedly had. I was no longer allowed to touch a computer at my High School for the remainder of my high school career. I guess I have turned that all around since I work for the Government.
I joined a Fraternity called Lambda Chi Alpha which I think has shaped a lot of my life up to today and It was one of the best experiences I could have had. I still participate in it today and love to keep working at it. It has shown me a lot about morals and character.
I work on my own projects and ideas on the side and am always looking for another ASP.NET programmer who is willing to have late nights for no pay in the beginning, but I am willing share with you the profits once the programs are actually up and running.
I blog because of the ideas I want to keep in my head. I research something or learn something new and want to document it so I keep it in my memory. If people can learn from something I said, hey why not help them out too.
What is that Red Lion holding a White Rose for?
That picture illustrates "Strength protecting innocence." It is one of those things that has always been close to my heart and I use it on every Blog I post to and all around the Internet. If you see that symbol, it is probably me.
I am pictured below wearing the green shirt sitting with Richard Campbell, Paul Litwin and Carl Franklin.
How can you contact me?
Contact me here or spoiledtechie @ gmail . com
I just think name clicks well for me. I am also known as CheetahTech for another alias, but it doesn't describe a person very well. It describes a company more and I wanted more personalization with the name.
P.S. I hand out my resume upon request.
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