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I have been working as a software developer since college. In fact, my first job out of school (the summer before I began my MEd) was a contract build for the Secret Service's James J. Rowley Training Center (JJRTC). It was a Flash-based training module designed to let field agents meet their Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training requirement. It was very game-like. The user happened upon a person in cardiac distress and using an AED had to follow proper procedure to revive the individual. Actually now that I think about it, I guess my first "real job" after college was building a Flash video game for the U.S. Secret Service.

The Vice President and his wife playing with my training module while touring the JJRTC.
Once I began teaching, my work settled into a decidedly educational mode, like a web app for building your own solar system. In 2005, sparked by my frustration with the information management system used by the school where I worked, I co-founded a small software firm, Anaces, Inc., with a good college friend of mine, Josh Estelle. In 2007, with the American Presidential Primaries and the first YouTube debate, my interest in improving democratic dialogue led to the development of communityCOUNTS, a web app that was later taken over by Anaces and used to power a project called 10Questions.

In addition to Anaces, I have occasionally worked on small contract builds: setting up Wordpress blogs, building custom websites and web apps... Anaces and my contract work helped pay some bills durring law school, and as with when I began teaching, the focus of my coding shifted after I started working with the law.

While a 3L in law school, I proposed the construction of an open source open-API software package (WeJudicate) for attorneys and courts. Recently, I have started to collect and code a few law-related items, mostly collections of linked resources.

In 2013 we disolved Anaces, driven in part by the pending birth of my son, and I'm happy to say we closed with all accounts in the black. Eight years, seven employees, thousands of lines of code... Happy times.

If you'd like to play with my work, the right column of this page showcases some of my favorites. Be sure not to miss the Wandering Stars, and enjoy.

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