My name is Jon (Jonathan) Seeley and I like computers. I currently work as a Senior Software Engineer for a company in the DIY craft/design market. The majority of my daily work is centered around APIs.
This blog, its content, and all opinions contained herein are my own.
I recently worked as a consultant for Mindfire Technology. Preceding that I worked for roughly 5 years as the web team lead for Get Away Today Vacations. There I worked primarily in ASP.NET (WebForms initially then MVC), jQuery, and angularJS. I also frequently found myself working in WPF, WCF, and Windows services. Previous to that I worked just shy of 6 years for Mountain America Credit Union. Initially I was hired on as a Jr. Developer but worked my way up to a senior / team lead role. My experience there varied greatly though I focused primarily on web applications built on ASP.NET. Stepping even farther back I worked as a Jr. Developer for a company that provided a subscription-based CRM and also built portals/websites for the clients which would tie into said CRM.
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I have always had an affinity for technology and started at a very young age playing video games on the Atari 2600 and the Apple Franklin 2e. I was fortunate to go to schools with good computer labs and my education had a heavy focus on learning tech.
My family is technologically adept. My dad was a patent attorney, three of my five siblings are software engineers and the other two siblings know their way around technology. I learned how to build and maintain my own computers at 12, built and maintained my own (admittedly awful) tabletop RPG website at 15, set up and tore down several lame BBSes, tinkered with QBasic and C++ through junior high and high school, and ultimately found my way into the field in the early 2000s writing C# and VB.NET in .NET 1.0.
I speak (perhaps better to say spoke) fluent Spanish and did tech support in both English and Spanish on behalf of some MLM companies for three years during college through a custom dev shop. At this job I started getting my feet wet performing small tasks — fix this bug here in C++, that bug there in C#, and redid the company website using ASP.NET WebForms. My time there led to landing my first FT development gig.
I love video games but rarely get to play them anymore. Between Steam, GOG, Origin, uPlay, and whatever other medium I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1400 games in my collection. My oldest brother and I have started developing (and not finished) several games together. One of these days we’re hoping to actually finish one and generate some sort of residual or even break off FT.
Most of my “free” time is spent with my family. We like to play board games and video games together. Due to my chosen field the three older kids have their own hand-me-down computers cannibalized out of my previous machines.
Each year we like to travel and the past few years we’ve tried providing new and great experiences for the children. Recent trips have included a small cruise to Mexico in addition to Southern California activities, a trip to the Virginia (including but not limited to Washington DC), and a trip to Northern California to experience the Redwoods.