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I'm a software architect in the truest sense of the word: I love writing code, designing systems, and solving tough problems in elegant ways. I got into this industry not for the money, but because I honestly can't imagine myself doing anything else. Over my career, I've worked on just about every major Microsoft web technology, running the gamut from SQL Server 7.0 to 2008, from .NET 1.1 to 4.0, and many others. I've made a name for myself and have risen to my current position by being able to visualize and code complex systems, all while keeping the code performant and extensible.
Both inside and outside of work, I love researching new technologies and using them sensibly to solve problems, not simply trying to force the newest square peg into the round hole. From emerging Microsoft projects like AppFabric to third party or open source efforts like MongoDB, nServiceBus, or ZeroMQ, I'm constantly trying to find the next technology that can eliminate single points of failure or help scale my data tier.
Outside of work, I'm a rabid DC sports fan and I love the outdoors, especially when I get a chance to hike or kayak.