About Dan

This is the blog of Dan Emmons, an extremely passionate software developer. After years of evolving through C, C++ and Java, I have studied the Ruby object model and found a language and tool so wonderful that it is a pure joy to develop with. It has become even better as JRuby. It combines the elegance and expressiveness of Ruby with the scalability of the JVM. Every day I strive to improve my understanding of languages, frameworks and tools in order to create increasingly efficient and beautiful code. When I’m not reading books and blogs or watching screencasts, I’m can often be found seeking out solutions to problems. I believe in a professional and pragmatic approach to software development. Rather than taking a subscribing to a narrow dogma or clinging to a particular technology, I prefer to take an agile path. Use the right tool for the job. It is this philosophy that keeps me honest, keeps me on my toes, and keeps me passionate about continuous self improvement. My only hope is that my intensity inspires others to go out and do something great as well. You have to do what you love.

~Dan Emmons
Passionate Programmer


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennie on September 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Hey, Dan. Happy to give you more info about the GJ thing (and yes, it was done in MKE, and I do like the interventional radiology group that places the GJ, though it’s quite a bit more complicated for little ones due to anatomy… can’t do a button, for example, until they’re 20 pounds, so the tube is customized for the child). I’m wondering what the issues are. I will say this… I’m not very impressed with the GI group there as a whole. It’s very large and I don’t think they communicate that well. Since you’re inpatient, I’m sure you’re dealing with the weekly change in on-service GI docs, fellows, etc. Not fun. Is your daughter in the NICU? Who is her primary neonatologist? Drop me an email and give me your phone number if you’re comfortable with that. I’m happy to share. I also have a dear friend in Atlanta with a 2yr old boy with 22q11.2 deletion.


  2. Posted by Sean on January 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Dan, email me back about the coffee!


  3. Dan,
    I am interested to learn more about you and your background. I am a computer engineering student who also shares a passion for finance. If you have time, I would love to get in contact with you. Feel free to drop me a line at @JoshTGreenwood or joshua.t.greenwood@gmail.com.

    Josh Greenwood


  4. Posted by Kim Apolon on September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Dan,
    Very interesting background you have. Any chance you might be interested in Ruby Developer opportunities in Chicago? If not, no worries I just thought I’d check in!


  5. Posted by Josh on May 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Did you ever get into python? What made you choose ruby over python? Personally, several years ago I was looking at python vs ruby and chose to go the python path because it seemed like it had more traction (aside from ruby on rails) and I liked the look of it.


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