Aaron Scherer
I am proudly and entirely a self taught programmer. I dropped out of Iowa State University after a year of the computer science program, because I couldn’t learn in that environment. I’ve been “programming” since I was old enough to use a computer, with my first word being “Next”. I’ve been using computers all my life. I started HTML in elementary school, helping my family build a website (back in the Frontpage days). When I was 11 years old, my cousin and I started to build a Youtube like service for music on LAMP, but unfortunately it didn’t go anywhere. From there, most of my programming was just for fun; making programs to help automate some of the board games I played, like a networked bank program for Monopoly.

After dropping out of college, I landed my first real LAMP job at a TV repair company called ShopJimmy, and that really jump-started my career. I learned a lot about php, and learned object oriented php. While I was there, I met a guy named Phil Gapp, and we had the idea of building a Forum based on the Zend Framework. So I started my own company, Seductive Turtle, and started working on that. Unfortunately, money ran out, and we both had to find a real jobs. I followed a girl out to San Diego, found a great job at Underground Elephant and started making a place for myself. I’ve moved from a Junior Web Developer, to a Senior Software Engineer, leading the charge on the Project Development team at Underground Elephant.

Community events are a new thing for me. I’ve realized quickly how important they are, and how important it is to give back to the community, so here I am. Feel free to give me a shout if you need anything. I like to think that I’m a pretty decent programmer, and I’m also a really good dog sitter.