I'm a husband, uncle, brother, son, dog dad, rocker, Austinite, web developer, small business owner, and, most of all, I’m your buddy. One of my favorite things to do is have a good laugh. When schedules allow, I like to take trips with the best travel partner, my super cool wife, Janeese. She's my best buddy. We have a 15-year-old dog named Benji who is also my best buddy. He's losing his mind a bit, but he's still pretty spry; his breath is stinky.
A lot of people don't like the holidays. I love the holidays, mostly because of the lights. The holidays can be a stressful time for some, but I honestly feel like if they quit lying to themselves about how terrible the music is, it wouldn't be so bad. I think the music is great and plan on recording an album of Christmas tunes someday. Halloween is also very important 'holiday' to Janeese and me, and we love creating and sporting hilarious and awesome costumes.
I've been doing a lot of coding lately. I was initially taught to work with object-oriented databases, however, upon learing more about the benefits of relational databases, I decided to learn how to work with SQL databases, and have begun to rather enjoy writing queries in the terminal. Much of my aforementioned coding time has revolved around familiarizing myself with MySQL. I recently started working on an application for a buddy about to launch a business, so I'll probably update this sentence in the near future to reflect my progress. I started buiding the server yesterday; it's not much, but feel free to check out the repo.
Aside from laughing, banging on my Apple Magic Keyboard, dressing up for Halloween, putting up Christmas lights, traveling, setting up a buncha tents, and spending time with my awesome wife, I enjoy exercising, watching silly movies & TV shows, listening to music, playing some music, doing yardwork, cooking, socializing with my pals (via Zoom, lately), and occasionally playing Minecraft with my sister and nephews in Houston.
When I was in my early twenties, I often wondered What the acceptable age would be for people to start calling me Al. Well, I've stopped wondering. My rad wife, many family members, and close friends now frequently refer to me as Al. Hard to say when it all started, but I finally made it!
If you have any questions pertaining to what I have just explained regarding how I spend my free time, go ahead and reach out! If you have any other questions, fire away. In either case, I consider myself a modern kinda guy, so I get mobile alerts and check my email frequently, hence you can expect a timely response.
Professionally, I've been employed for just over a year (June 1, 2019) at Vybe Software. During my time on the team, I've contributed to two products: Leia: Website Builder v2 and Leia for Real Estate. Aside from my developer tasks, I was integral in testing and QA prior to releasing each product. Read on to learn what I'm currently tackling during my work hours.
Vybe released this version in December 2019, and I was tasked with designing section templates, which total over 250.
In case you didn't notice, the title for this block is not an a tag, and it's not linked to an actual project. That's because I very recently started this project, and am still in the planning stages. It'll be a lot of fun. I'm pretty excited about this one.
I built the Armstrong App at the beginning of 2019 as I was nearing the completion of my studies at Austin Coding Academy. It is a tracker for a pull-up program I participated in the second half of 2018. It has tremendously helped my pull-up numbers, and I continue to use aspects of the program in my daily exercises. If you're interested in a fun challenge that will make you stronger, give it a go; there's a link to the program with a description in the app. I created the app in order to facilitate comparing current session data with past results. Honestly, it's a bit stale as I haven't gotten around to adding authentication for multiple users, and I have yet to add any graphs or flair, but feel free to take a moment to peruse the app and source code. I'll make it super cool some day; I promise.