DonC

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Engineering
Occupation Software Engineer
Location Edmonds, WA, United States
Introduction Every now and then when I study some topic in software engineering I learn a new concept like concurrency or recursion that causes me to break into oohs and ahhs. That's because I recognize how immediately such a new topic can raise the trajectory of my thinking and my work. Lately that joy is due to the discovery and use of Test Driven Development. I love how its simplicity and power can provide me with so much more confidence in the quality of my work. I subscribe to Test Driven Development's Red-Green-Refactor process because I've seen that it leads to the development of bulletproof methods and better design.
Interests I am an avid hiker, as evidenced by the goal I just reached in May 2015 of 5501 miles in the last year -- just over 15 per day, which also brought me to my ultimate goal -- walking the distance around the Earth at the equator, 24, 900 miles. A few weeks ago, on August 21st, I hiked 73 miles in one 24-hour period. I've been learning the acoustic guitar over the last three or four years practicing Yes songs like "Clap" and "Mood for a Day". I've also been working on "The Last Steam Engine Train" from Leo Kotke, and I finger pick a pleasant Chet Atkins version of Lady Madonna.
Favorite Movies The Family Man, Enchanted, The Dark Knight, The Godfather II, Groundhog Day, City Island, Return to Me, Pleasantville, Field of Dreams, The Edge of Darkness, Gladiator, Braveheart, The Way Way Back, Heaven is for Real, Gentlemen Broncos, & Troll 2.
Favorite Music Chickenfoot, LeAnn Rimes, Johnny Winter, Black Crowes, Yes, Steely Dan, Joe Satriani, Brad Paisley, Steve Stevens, Van Halen, Australian Pink Floyd, and Joe Bonamassa.
Favorite Books 1776 by David McCullough, The Biography of John Paul Jones by Evan Thomas, The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin, Pragmatic Unit Testing by Hunt and Thomas, and 11/22/63 by Stephen King.