I was born and grew up in central Illinois, and moved to North Carolina in 1993. After I graduated high school in 1995, I went on to get my Associates degree from Cape Fear Community College. It was at Cape Fear that I started getting into computers and programming in general. I got my Bachelors degree from the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I also founded the university’s first web club. My time at UNCW exposed me to a much wider range of technologies and helped me gain a better understanding of how they could help businesses.
After college I worked with some very talented developers who helped me expand my knowledge in the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL). I helped design and build websites that ranged from corporate web portals to high traffic advertising networks. Working with not only developers but advertising agencies as well has given me a deep understanding of how businesses can use a wide range of technologies to run smarter.
Since 1995, I have seen the evolution of the technologies that drive the internet today. One thing that has always remained a constant is the importance of the community. As a member and assistant organizer of the Baltimore PHP User Group, I have been lucky enough to share experiences with a wide range of developers. While I do enjoy presenting to the group, I believe the biggest benefit is being able to hear how others are using the same technologies for many different purposes.
I was previously the Systems Architect for MGH Advertising in Baltimore, Maryland. Our interactive team understood how to utilize technology and social media to help our clients exceed their expectations. We made great strides to create a much smarter content management system, based on over a decade and a half of experience in the technologies that make the web work.
I am excited about the future, and hope you can find my posts helpful.
Timothy M. Crider