I'm a mobile software developer based out of Toronto Ontario, Canada. Building native mobile applications for recognized brands since 2009. Well versed in design patterns, test driven development (TDD), and platform porting (iOS apps to Android and vice versa).

In a previous life, I was a Drupal developer and I still do some custom Drupal module and theme development. Recently I've picked Symfony as my PHP development framework of choice, and will use it as a starting point for projects not fit for Drupal.

This site is primarily used to showcase the work I've done in the past and illustrating what I've learned in my years of experience. See the contact page for contact information.

M.Sc Computer Science - University of Guelph ('08)
B. Comp (Honours), Business Administration minor - University of Guelph ('05)

Photoshop and the holidays

    The first blog post of the new year. I don’t have all that much to say. I got a sweet set of tools for x-mas so I’ve been pretty excited about that. I did ask my mom for the Canon XTi but I know that was a pretty unreasonable request so close to x-mas. She gave me a shirt and told me I’ll get the camera as a graduation present; I can wait. What I was the most pleased about was that my parents (yes, both mom AND dad) loved the gift I gave them. I got them both a mail shredder.

The new CIS website

    I have been working on the new design for the CIS website and I think I have a good handle on CSS now. I remember it like it was yesterday; I went to chapters and picked up Stylin’ with CSS for designers. I read some reviews about how good the book was and how easy it was to read. Anyone that knows me knows I am not very good at reading. My A.D.D. likes to kick in, and it takes me a long time to read anything. Regardless, I picked up that book and started reading and highlighting the things I needed to know.

Dreaming of the Rebel XT

    It’s finally happened. I’ve fallen in love with the Canon Rebel XT (350D). We went shopping in the Buffalo and the first store we walked into was Best Buy. They had most of the good cameras on display. I saw the D40, D70, D80, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, and the Alpha A100. The first thing I noticed was how the XT stood out from the crowd simply by its colour. It was the silver version and positioned so that the back was to me. So even though I didn’t see the front, I could easily pick out which camera it was. I immediately picked it up and starting playing around with it. I liked how it fit so snugly into my hands. I took off the lens cap and noticed my first problem. The cap wasn’t tethered to the lens. I’m sure that was just a small issue, but it really bothered me. Next, I put the camera to my eye and was very pleased about how the view finder had data on the image being captured (ev, focus, etc). I turned and started to snap a few pictures of the store. I looked at the lens (the one that comes with the camera) and saw the auto and manual focus settings on it. The AF works way better then my little T5. I wanted to take a few portrait shorts, but my model didn’t want to play along :P. The LCD on the back would give a half decent preview, but not better then my T5. I’m sure that was only because of the size of the camera. The options on the camera weren’t straight forward to use, but I’m sure that was only because I wasn’t familiar with how to use the settings of the camera.

Flickr, and a new Desktop

    So my Flickr account has been getting a decent amount of attention. I’ve grown fond of photography and Flickr as had a lot to do with it. I recently started taking a decent amount of images again and started playing around with more advanced options in picasa. I know it is not as advanced as Photoshop, but I guess you have to approach these projects one step at a time. I know I should really be doing some work on my research, but this photography thing is addictive. My Flickr Pro account has really opened my eyes to how a community of photographers think and interact with one another.

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