I did not start off as a computer programmer: nope, I was going to be a band director. After graduation, I enlisted with the United States Air Force, lived in Okinawa Japan and fixed F-15s. Moving back to the States after my tour, it was my wife who encouraged me to follow something that I really liked: computers. If I had a second degree, it would have been issued by the college of Barnes and Nobles, where I read anything I could on programming.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this career is also the most frustrating – it never stands still. Every project offers slightly different obstacles to overcome, and that is what challenges me. I will not profess to be an alpha-geek. My desire is that this blog will give me an outlet to gain experience in writing about my profession, and joining thousands of you who do this regularly.

The term “Buckaroo Coder” is a play on words with “Cowboy” coder. That term is often used in a slightly derogatory manner, but, I am sure we have all rode in his saddle at times. Personally, I’ve always liked the term “Buckaroo” because of a certain movie from the eighties starring Peter Weller.

So, to quote the movie, “Hey, hey, hey, hey-now. Don’t be mean; we don’t have to be mean, cuz, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”


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