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My name is Michael Farias. I live in the United States, with my wife, two kids, a cat, and a handful of computers. I am a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer on Microsoft .NET and studying to upgrade to a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

I work as a web developer for an e-commerce site by day. I spend evenings and weekends trying out new technologies and working on various entrepreneurial projects. I have spent the past few months developing a small application for Windows Mobile.

I was first introduced to computers when my father brought a TRS-80 Color Computer home from Radio Shack in the early 1980's. I made some early attempts at programming in BASIC at home and in school, but I didn't really start writing software until after college. I began with minimal classroom training and learned the rest "in the trenches".


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A new year brings a new perspective. Gadgets come and go, but programming puzzles and practices can transcend languages and platforms. As a result, I plan to reboot my blog in 2015. I want to write more about software development topics. I want to explore the questions I have and share a few of the answers I have found. Even if my words are not the best at first, through practice and persistence I may improve.