Hello! I’m Casey…
…and I love technology. I have been working with various different technologies since I was young and so far the only answer tech hasn’t given me is how to stop!
My front-end library of choice is React, and my back-end language of choice is C# and Python (replaced PHP in 2022). I have learned the art of programming since the age of 19 when I started as an apprentice. My experiences in the field since mean I know how to code by the book, quickly in an emergency, how to test and debug other peoples’ work, and how to quickly grasp and maintain legacy code.
WordPress is my speciality CMS. The sheer flexibility of WordPress is my favourite aspect, and always leaves me trying to push it to the extremes. I am experienced at hook/filter development and minor theme-related developments, and regularly attend WordPress Meetups to share knowledge with the wider community.
Due to my work with WordPress my database experience is both MySQL and MariaDB, however I am also experienced with Microsoft SQL due to a large portion of systems I have dealt with being Windows-based.
I love configuring servers. I have been assisting operations teams with configuring code-purposed servers for the past 4 years, to help ensure they are built not only for their intended purposes but as future-proofed as they can be. What good is a brand-new web server if it will be unsupported in a year?
My newest experiment is with Docker. After spending long hours staring at the documentation and not understanding the point it serves, after a eureka moment I now can’t stop using Docker! My primary passion is compiling development-related compose files and image setups, with the goal of forever killing the age-old ‘it works on my machine’ phenomena for good.
I absolutely love hardware tinkering. My home desk is a vision of phone parts and random screws, and I love fixing up old phones to try old technology and alpha software on. A broken screen is a challenge, not a moment to dispair! I strongly support Right to Repair, and advocate for sustainable, self-fixable technology.
In fact, vintage technology is my passion! I am an avid collector of the old technology, and always try to find modern-day uses for them without resorting to salvaging. Retro consoles are my specialty, in particular the PlayStation 2.
My devcave is filled with Raspberry Pis and Arduinos. There is not a challenge that can’t be solved with a handy Pi! I currently have a Pi Zero cluster (named Anton Jr in reference to Silicon Valley) running Docker Swarm… Why? Why not!