Ian Cropper

i make internets

Philosophy

Ultimately, I'm a creative. I can't draw, paint, sculpt, dance, or compose, but I can code. Programming lets me take abstract ideas and make them not only tangible, but useful. That's the best part about it: I can create

Origin

I always wanted to be on the forefront of using technology to make peoples' lives better. I thought a business degree would get me there.

After looking into the business program, I realized I couldn't really pick out a tangible skill that business majors were getting taught. I took an Information Systemโ€™s class and loved it. The next semester required either a followup information systems class, or a Computer Science class. To be safe, I took the CS class since it counted towards both majors.

I was hooked.

I switched my degree to CS and never looked back.

Early years

While getting my degree, I worked for the school building web-apps. It was so fun to be able to apply the things I was learning in school to my job as I was getting my degree. It was a validation that I had made the right choice. How many other degrees out there will get you a job in the field as you're getting the degree?

The here and now

While my job keeps me busy during the day with mostly C# and JavaScript, I spend most of my free time building other programs and taking more classes. I love writing in NodeJS with Mongo. I've built Windows phone apps, integrated with the Twitter API, Amazon's SW3 and Elastic Transcoder services, built free-lance sites with Heroku, taught myself Scala, Angular, Jasmine, React, if I want to do something and knowledge gap is in the way, I bridge the gap.

If I'm not at the computer, I can be found outside; because thatโ€™s what you do when you live in the Rockies.

If you know some awesome places to mountain bike, let me know. There is nothing I love more than exploring the Colorado wilderness with pedal power.

I try and keep track of my adventures with Instagram.