I suppose the best way to begin this blog is an introduction about myself. My name is Justin Sommercorn, I was born in Salt Lake City, UT. I am currently 29 years old and have been married happily to my wife Leah for the past 5 years. I've had two wonderful children with a third on the way.
From a very young age, I've always had an interest in math and science. My family bought their first computer when I was approximately 8 years old and from that time on, I spent as much time as I could on it. I enjoyed playing games and learning how to do things. I very quickly became the resident expert on the computer and when things went wrong it was up to me to fix it. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to go into software development; although, I wanted to go into game development. In high school, I had the opportunity to intern at Microsoft Games in Salt Lake City. It was there that I learned that game development was very fast paced and not as rewarding as I thought it would be. I still knew that development was my career choice, so I started learning about Windows application development and web development.
Shortly after high school, I lucked into getting my first software development job. I had no college degree and knew that my best bet was to send my resume everywhere hoping to impress during the interview. I was hired on as a junior software engineer at Paraben and began work on a Java project. At the time, it was me and one other developer on the project, but it didn't remain that way very long. The other developer moved into a management position and I was left as the only developer on the project. I learned a lot about coding on this project and was able to start a few other projects there based on the knowledge that I picked up.
After Paraben, I worked for several other companies finally ending up where I currently am at Domo. I still enjoy learning about coding and why things are done the way they are. I make a big effort to stay up to date with the latest releases of the languages and frameworks that I use. I also have many side projects that I work on in my own time, including some game development. I am very happy with what I am doing and look forward to a long career.