My first contribution to someone else’s open source project has been accepted and gone live! To be fair, it was my first attempt at contributing and I can assure you it won’t be my last.
The project is the WordPress plugin List Category Post. We found ourselves using this a lot on client sites but for a number of reasons, many of the articles we are generating for clients don’t use the Featured Image functionality (which is what drives the thumbnails in this tool). So, I submitted a pull request that modified the thumbnail so that if Featured Image is not found, the thumbnail would be generated from the first image found in the body of the post.
The project maintainer picandocodigo extended this even further by triggering the use of the found image only when a user adds parameter of force_thumbnail=true (or yes) is added to the shortcode or function call.
You can see the commit notes here: https://github.com/picandocodigo/List-Category-Posts/commit/464079ce456141e51a361c270f9063dcf6e498d0
Of course our open source project InfusionSoftDotNet is still alive…
At Over The Top and Exhibit A Communications, I've programmed solutions for Google as well as at least one other company that was later acquired by Google.
I've been CTO of an Internet SaaS company and spent my time pretty evenly between guiding the future technical strategy of the company, architecting software solutions for my dev teams, designing and running a data center to service our clients world-wide as well as being a technical evangalist/sales engineer to our media clients large and small.
I've also been Chief Photographer of the Daily Sun/Post newspaper back when it was a 5-day a week daily newspaper.
I also spent a great many years as a beach lifeguardfor the City of San Clemente as well as Jr. Lifeguard instructor and then as it's program coordinator.
Private Pilot with Instrument rating and proud husband of soon to be 25 years (and counting).