My name is Joseph Austin. I am a software developer from Nashville, TN with over three years of professional experience. This website serves as an online business card where my professional details will be provided. Additionally, I will use this space to host a technology blog (eventually) and feature any hobbyist projects I have taken part in.
I did my first programming around the age of 8, using very simple tools such as Basic and early game editing tools like ZZT. In early online games (MUDs) I learned the scripting systems and created extravagant textual worlds, which began a second passion for creative writing. I began to cut my prepubescent teeth on software that brought the left and right sides of the brain together … particularly Adventure and Role-Playing games. I came to believe that that logic and creativity do not have to be mutually exclusive. My early heroes were those that I felt showed this; people like Lewis Carol and Leonardo da Vinci. Then there were contemporary heroes like the designers at Cyan, Sierra Online, and Lucas Arts. In short, I have always aimed to be a “Renaissance Man” of sorts, and I feel that I have accomplished that.
Today I am still an unofficial writer and a professional programmer. I love to spend hours working with code, but I still have mountains of story ideas and character designs sitting in wait. Someday I plan on bringing one to life through both my code and my storytelling, one way or another. Until then, I will persist in being the best developer I can.