a blog by Christian Snodgrass
about programming, web and game design, and everything else

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About Xazure

Xazure is Christian Snodgrass’ personal blog and experimentation ground.

What Does Xazure Mean?

Nothing. =p It’s the word “azure,” which I’ve used for various projects, with an added X to make it cool.

What? Not every name has to have some deep meaning.

About Christian Snodgrass

I’m a 24-year-old programmer and developer. I’ve been using computers for as long as I can remember, starting on a Hewlett Packard when I was barely four. I used to write batch files so I didn’t have to type a bunch of different commands to play my games. When I was about 10, I found a book at my grandma’s house (she likes auctions) called “Basic Fun” and used her old IBM computer to do the exercises. Once I got home, I started learning HTML (before CSS1 was even really supported). A few years later I picked up C++, then Java, then PHP, MySQL… and it just keeps going. I also have a B.S. in Computer Science with a focus on Interactive Media from Eastern Kentucky University.

Work

I current work as the IT developer for internalDrive which runs the best summer technology camps for kids. Before I started my year round position with them, I was a lead instructor for three years and a curriculum developer for their Web Design & Flash Animation course.  I loved every second of it. My current duties include taking any problem they can come up with and making a program to solve it, whether it be an awesome website for our clients or an Adobe AIR program to use at camp.

Beyond Work

I like to be outside as much as possible. I usually spend 8-10 hours in front a computer a day, so I make a point of seeing sunlight. I walk to and from work, while listening to music with my Android phone, about a mile and a half each way. I also study martial arts.  While I haven’t taken any formal classes since I moved to the south bay last November (which I hope to rectify soon), I have rank in Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, and Arnis. I’ve also studied Tai Chi and Kendo, and am always looking for more opportunities to study. I hope to resume my Aikido training shortly, and to add a little Parkour to the mix.

I’m also a Mentor at Sitepoint, my favorite web design/development forum and resource. If you want to reach me there, I’m samanime. I was also published in their free Thinking Web: Voices of the Community with an article about efficient ActionScript 3, which you can download for free!

Programming and Web Development

I don’t specialize in any specific area. I like to learn about everything so I can pick the best tool for the job. I’m proficient in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, ActionScript 3 and C#. I’ve also used C++, Java, ASP(.NET), and a boatload of proprietary scripts for various programs.

I’m a bit of (a lot of) an HTML standards snob. I always make sure my HTML is compliant. My old favorite was HTML 4.01 Strict, though I’m not transitioning into HTML(5).

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