Ross Nelson

Hi, I'm Ross!

I am a software developer and a photographer from Omaha, NE.

Code wrangler

While many developers focus on a single stack for much of their career, I am more of a generalist. I have always loved learning new languages. Over the years, I have worked professionally in C++, C#, PHP, Java, VB, and VB.NET. For personal projects, I've focused primarily on C# and Python.

There is value in becoming an expert in a certain stack, but I also see value in experiencing what others have to offer. Being able to hit the ground running using one stack is great when starting a new job, but having experience with a wide array of options makes it easier to choose the right tool for the job.

Languages

Most of my personal projects are written in C# or Python. At work, my last couple of jobs have focused on PHP, Java, VB.NET, C#, and Visual Basic 6.

Mobile

I have done a little iOS development in RubyMotion, Objective-C, and Swift recently. A startup a couple of friends and I had was where I did mobile, but it didn't pan out. I hope to pick up mobile development again, maybe with Xamarin?

UNIX

I can find my way around Windows Server, but I'm really at home in the UNIX world. Most of my personal servers are running OpenBSD or FreeBSD with a couple of Linux systems floating around.

Modern Development

I'm a strong believer in modern development practices. At work, I've pushed for good code organization, testing, and documentation.

Projects

You can find an assortment of projects I've written on my GitHub and Bitbucket accounts.

Picture taker

When I was in about 3rd grade or so, I was involved in 4-H. At an event where we had to participate in at least 3 or 4 things, I chose something photography. Every kid went up one-by-one and held a 110 speed camera with a mirror on the outside while the person running the booth was shining a flashlight at the mirror. We looked through the view finder and tried to keep the reflection stable. I have no idea what the lady actually said to me, but in my young mind, while I was up there terrified of dropping what was, to me, an expensive camera, she basically said "you can't hold that straight, you'll never be able to take a good photo." I'm sure it wasn't really that.

A couple of years later, I borrowed the family camera (which had been upgraded from a similar 110 to a fancy 35mm) for a school field trip. I had an entire roll of film to work with; out of all of those exposures, maybe two weren't almost entirely out of focus.

A special project in high school gave me my first experience with a digital camera. The Sony Mavica my English teacher had stored the images on 1.44" floppy drives, was painfully slow, and very low resolution. But I loved it. A few years later when I graduated high school, the money I received in graduation cards bought me my first personal camera, some cheapo Vivitar digital camera.

During college, I gained a reputation amongst my friends as the "documentarian" of our group. I brought a point-and-shoot digital camera with for all of our social outings, taking thousands of pictures over the span of a few years.

Since graduating, I've upgraded to far better gear and taken many thousands of additional pictures. Events, scenery, people, and weddings—I've taken pictures of most everything. Like most people and their hobbies, I don't get out and take pictures as often as I'd like, but I always love it when I'm able to do so.

Gear

My primary camera is a Nikon D90. I also have a Nikon D80, but it's not in a working state at the moment. Much of my photography is also done on my iPhone.

Samples

My Pictures

Most of my pictures live on my Flickr account. Many random shots are posted to my Twitter and Facebook accounts, and I occasionally post images to my Instagram account.

Get in touch

I love meeting new people. Send me an email, find me on your favorite social network, or find me at a local user group. Work's perpetually crazy so I don't make it to many events these days.

My résumé is also available.