I remember back in the '90s when you were hip if you had your own website. I guess I got stuck there, since I don't find Facebook particularly engaging and I have the knowledge to create my own web content instead of having someone create it for me this site remains. Perhaps this site is a testiment to the "old school", perhaps it proves that Python and TurboGears are maintainable over a long stretch of time.
A little about me: Hi! Chris here. I love working for startups! After 15 years I have landed at Crunch.io. We are building an analytics platform that operates in the cloud. For those of you who are statisticians, think Google Docs for SPSS. I lead a team of talented developers to improve our application from end-to-end, whether that be implementing machine learning to help users manipulate data, or providing a comprehensive search engine to help users find what they are looking for.
In the past I have worked on everything from natural language parsers for aritificial intelligence firms to embedded diagnostic software for military jet engine components (and pretty much everything in-between). I developed a deep love for everything Geographic at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (via Red Canyon Engineering) and MapMyFitness.
Rock climbing is one of my passions and has brought me to many wonderful locations. It was one of the reasons I moved to Colorado in 2007. Here you can sample so many different kinds of rock within an hours drive. In 2006 I had the privilege to complete my Top Rope Site Manager Certification from the AMGA. Most outings nowadays involve my family. When we aren't out climbing together on the weekends we might be found on some wild-flower-lined mountain bike trail or maybe climbing a 14er together.
I have a very supportive wife who is also my primary climbing partner. She's an immigration attorney helping families come together and business find their workers. Check out her firm Johnson Knudson Law
My entrance into Open Source was with the TurboGears project. I loved the simplicity of the frameworks and the pragmatism of its engineers. I was once the primary maintainer for TurboGears2, but at some point I had to pass the baton to someone with more resources at their disposal. For TurboGears I have developed a library to allow developers to more easily create web content directly from database definitions. The name of this project is sprox. This project is the driving force behind the TurboGears2 Administration System. In addition to creating a competative admin system for TG, I have also provided 20% performance enhancements from the 2.0 version, overhauled the dispatch mechanism and made it more flexible. I have also been involved with the ToscaWidgets widgeting system, and have been a driving force in the lastest 2.0 branch. These tools are intended to make it easier for web developers to make websites, and restful apis, the driving force behind many mobile applications.