Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Introduction to Me

I figure I should start a blog. So this is just a copy and paste from my about section on my website so you know who I am at the start of writing this.

Hi, My name is Sean. I am a web software engineer. I have been programming for the web for about 8 years now. I started learning HTML and the slowly worked into PHP. I started a huge project that was written completely in raw javascript, thus began my javascript career. Aftwards, I went to school to learn C and some newer programming techniques. During this time I picked up mySQL and got back in PHP.
I consider myself an expert in PHP, Javascript, mySQL and jQuery. With a strong emphasis on AJAX and HTML5 applications. I'm really interested in cutting edge web technologies such as HTML5, basically anything that Internet Explorer can't do, I like.
I'm also rather versed in many programming techniques such as writing API's, building MVC frameworks, PayPal payment systems, creating full database structures, and complicated event based planning.

As you may have noticed, I like to teach. Or I just like to hear myself talk, haven't figured that out yet. Either way this life of programming is causing me to learn so much about so many topics. I started my youtube channel in 2007 with the intent to just share some programming thoughts. I now have almost 1000 views a day and over 200 videos online. The best way for me to learn, is to explain back to myself so that I understand. Thefore, it becomes easy to make these training videos. As soon as I figure out something awesome, I make a video about it and hope that someone else needed to learn the same thing. My goal in the future is to keep making videos, but for more advanced users. As I continue to learn more, I find the amount of documentation and training material decreases. This is really tough because advanced programmers still need to research how to do something. For example, If you look up how to jQuery slide, you get 1.5 million results. If you look up PayPal adaptive payment api quirks, you get maybe 2.

Life is fun. When I'm not destroying my eyes in front of 3 monitors I like to go camping, hiking, skiing, ice skating and exercising. I really want to sky dive some day, and I also want to go into space one day. I've secretly always wanted to be an astronaut, but after working on some NASA projects I'm not so inclined to anymore.

I enjoy business. Not going to school for it, but the art of business. I started my first company when I was 17 with my buddy Dan Schepleng. He's a locally famous movie composer now. We built 4Ten Technologies from the ground up. We started by fixing windows computers, and then moved onto creating Annex, our first software project. We had moved [up] into our 3rd office in baltimore, and had 2 amazing employees. I'll miss those guys.

After 4 Ten I went to work for 
mp3Car where I do forum maintenance, built their website, and became an on air personality I get to interview some really interesting people and see some awesome tech. I also get to do some funny videos once in a while.

While at mp3Car I made a lot of headway on my youtube videos. I was found by Vantage Systems LLC to work on a bunch of NASA database applications. That really launched me ahead in what enterprise companies need. A few months ago, I started Square Bracket LLC, which is where I consult on various web application projects, and will continue to peruse this video training career, in hopes to start providing full length advanced training videos.


  1. hey sean i have been regularly following your tutorials on you tube...they are of great help...

    keep up the good work... :)

  2. "I went to school to learn C" I've had a difficult time finding any recent and high quality video tutorials on C and C++ past the basics. Any you would recommend? You ought to encourage the guy at cmiVFX.com to create some C++ OpenGL videos, if it suits the site.

    "but after working on some NASA projects I'm not so inclined to anymore." They don't let you wear flip-flops into space apparently... Lame. lol

    "basically anything that Internet Explorer can't do, I like." Amen.