Thanks for talking to us! What have you been working on lately?
I've been experimenting with D3.js and Tilemill (for making maps), intending to build out some data visualization examples. I have some ongoing projects in solr (search engine), to search git repositories and collections of images, which are slowly moving along.
Are there any particular developer tools or resources you couldn't live without?
I've been using Vagrant + Virtual Box a lot. It saves a lot of hassle when experimenting, because you can set up clean environment, without dealing with having multiple versions of the same tool installed on your main machine.
Do you have a favorite open source project (or projects) that you've contributed to recently?
Do you follow any blogs or Twitter feeds that you would recommend to developers?
Did you have a coding first love -- a particular program, gadget, game, or language that set you on the path to life as a developer?
I started out with QBasic, which was a real simple DOS programming language. I think it had only a few dozen functions, but you could do a lot with it, and the simplicity made it real fun to do graphics programming as a kid.
Anything else you'd like to mention?
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