Week Three of Meet My Team
I have been here a year now and I have learned many new technologies, words, and even developed a taste for geek humor. Besides the technical "stuff" that I have immersed myself in, one thing I am continually learning is, what a talented and amazing team I work with, not to mention, they are just plain cool too.
So, I decided you all should have the chance to get to know them too (you will thank me, just trust me).
Rob joined ProWorks a decade ago as a Senior Software Developer and a contributing technical author. He is a graduate of the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles (Composing/Arranging Program), Rob has nearly 20 years experience writing, arranging, and producing music for film, stage, and multi-media applications. Software consulting, application development, web, Flash, C#, DirectX and other technologies are all part of his toolkit.
Like everyone else on the team, from day one, Rob immediatley treated me like I had been part of the ProWorks family. I was never the new kid. Finding out he is an accomplished musician wasn't really a surprise because when you think about the science of music development and web development that are many obvious parralells.
My best memory of Rob thus far has to be him bringing the standing desk revolution to ProWorks. He decided to have a standing work desk one day and the next day he had one constructed mainly out of pop cans and duck tape. His passion for it caught on and now all but a few of us have standing desks and yes I have one too.
The collection of cassette tapes on his desk always make smile too. Him and I can always find joke to crack or a crazy idea to run with in the middle of a team meeting, off in our own little world.
I initially got involved with computers to help me write and produce music - I don't recall having much interest in the programming aspect. I started with a Comodore 64, a Dr. T MIDI Interface and connected my Roland MT-32, Prophet 2000 and Casio synthesizers along with an Alesis drum machine. Try as I might though, I did not make a splash on the mid-80's techno-pop scene (although I'm still working on that!) But my interest and appreciation of computing, and especially the code that makes the machines inter-operate, began to grow over time.