About Dave Beck

Dave is a popular name and you can find it quoted in all sorts of pop culture.

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” – HAL 9000

“Everybody’s dead Dave.  Every body is dead Dave.” – Holly

“Dave’s not here, man.” – Tommy Chong

It’s a lot to live up to.  Plus it makes it hard to distinguish yourself on the
Interwebz when 4 out of every 3 people has your name (yes, that was on purpose).  But, I’m giving it a shot and using this blog as my personal soap box to discuss all things software and technology related.

I grew up in a small, rural western town.  In fact, it was so rural there wasn’t a stop light anywhere in the county until I was in college.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and worked for a small consulting company for a while.  9/11 happened and, in a bout of patriotism, I went to work for DoD as a federal employee.

I later earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and eventually left the government to return to private industry.  I’ve developed software in many different ways, with many different people and used many different technologies.  From teams of 1 in VB6 to teams of 30 in assembly and teams of 8 in C#.  Lately, I’ve begun working more in JavaScript, Java and C# developing web apps.

I find it interesting how many ways there are to screw up software development.  From the wrong people to the wrong technology to just plain solving the wrong problem!  This blog is my attempt to share some of the code I think is cool, some of the tech I think is useful and maybe help others avoid some of the process-related pitfalls I’ve run into!

Thanks for dropping by,

Dave