When I'm doing application development, I mostly use Rails and Mithril.js. When I'm doing backend data processing and API development, I mostly use GoLang. I serve my software with Nginx and set things up with Chef. When I'm not coding, I'm playing basketball, bowling, gaming, hanging out with my guinea pigs, or watching Pixar movies. I also have an occasionally entertaining guppy named Fish Homie Quan (FHQ).
Created and sold tennis court and lesson scheduling SaaS application to tennis clubs in the US. Aside from helping manage the Cake PHP application itself, I worked on our sales and marketing -- designing our website, running Adwords campaigns, and developing a direct sales pipeline. It was a great first experience learning what it is like to create and run a small software business, serve customers, and sell to new prospective clients.
Worked with a team from Harvard Business School to create a web-based point of sale system for dry cleaning businesses optimized to be accessed via web on an iPad. The system is still being used as the main POS at a number of small dry cleaning shops in Cambridge, MA. The Harvard team came up with business strategy and organized the project while I did everything on the technology side. A great experience learning how to build a solution completely from the ground up but robust enough to be used reliably for business-critical functions.
In a bit of a dual role as both a project and account manager, I worked with clients and our development team to provide payment solutions for gaming companies in the US market. Working as part of the small US subsidiary of a larger German organization provided both my first startup experience and my first experience working with teammates across the globe.
My time at the University of Washington provided amazing opportunites to grow and expand as an individual. I pursued a double degree - a main one, in Management Information Systems from the UW's Foster School of Business and a smaller degree in Film Studies from the UW College of Arts and Sciences. The MIS degree provided a balanced combination of business and technical courses, while my liberal arts degree gave me opportunites to practice critical thinking as well as written and verbal communication. Outside of school, I was an avid participant in intramural sports, Greek life (Delta Chi), and a number of local film productions.
These aren't the only tools I use, but they are the ones I can't live without right now.
Tried and true. Efficient, clean, and fun!
Open source, with a flavor for almost every need. My prefered distros are Ubuntu and RHEL.
Blazing fast, supported and developed by the brilliant minds at google. What's not to like?
Pretty much industry standard at this point, still a delightful program.
Lightweight, with a codebase you can read and learn in less than a day, this is my current, preferred javascritp MVC framework.
Extremely fast, easily-configurable server with fantastic documentation and community support.