About Me

person Billy Brawneraccess_time October 28, 2015

I got started in tech at an early age, beginning with online forums at around age 12. I wasn’t content to just participate though, and my curiosity eventually led me to start looking into how the forums worked and how I could customize them. I started with basic HTML and CSS and started branching out into JavaScript. My curiosity got the best of me though, and before I knew it, I was looking into how I could hack these forums. My Dad caught me reading hacking websites and playing around on HackThisSite, a sort of “hacker’s playground”, and I got a stern warning to knock it off. I took a little break from computers through my high school years and started working. I also went on a foreign exchange trip to Finland for a year, where my wife and I met. After returning from Finland, I finished up my high school education and moved to Mexico, which is where my wife is from. Unsure of how I was going to make a living, I got into teaching English. I quick realized that teaching wasn’t for me though, and began studying computer sciences again. I was really interested in Android development, though for some reason I couldn’t wrap my head around Java at the time. A lot of online blogs and forums were suggesting Python as a good first language for new programmers, so I started learning that while I refreshed my knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I also got started around the same time in learning Linux. That was around April 2015. By August 2015, I landed a job doing PHP development. I didn’t know a thing about PHP but I was able to negotiate a position by accepting near minimum wage pay and working hard in the evenings and on the weekends to get caught up with the team and make meaningful contributions. PHP and web development really weren’t my favorite things in the world though, so I left that position to go into freelancing in April 2016. Freelancing has been a great experience for me to really grow and push my limits that I probably wouldn’t have been able to do while working for a company. It’s been a lot of hard work and stress at the same time though, but I don’t regret it for a second. I’ve had the opportunity to work with multiple languages and technologies, doing anything and everything from front end and back end web development to system administration and even a bit of cyber security. I never lost sight of my original goal though, and as of March 2017, I’ve finally been working on Android, as I originally set out to do. Along the way, I’ve picked up lots of interesting experiences and a couple of certifications too. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m very capable and I work hard for what I want. This blog will serve as a journal of sorts for me to share my new findings and experiences while I work towards becoming a better Android engineer. If you ever have any insights on how I can improve something I write about, or good learning materials, or even would be interested in hiring me to work on your app, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  • English (native)
  • Spanish (fluent/bilingual)
  • Finnish (conversational)
  • German (beginner)
  • Russian (maybe someday?)
  • Java
    • Android
  • C/C++
  • PHP
    • Magento
    • WordPress
  • JavaScript
    • Angular.js
    • jQuery
    • Node.js
  • HTML/CSS
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