I'm Landon. I am a full stack developer at General Motors in Austin, Texas. As a student, industry intern, independent developer co-bootstrapping a small startup, and now full time Software Engineer, I have had opportunities to work on some great applications with some great teams. I have also been able to extend my love for programming into other arenas dear to me, such as fiction and poetry writing and education. I am always looking for opportunities to contribute to exciting projects, products, or research endeavors that make the world a better place.
LitRagger is a project I co-founded with Adam Lefton, the then Managing Editor of Purdue's literary journal, after we realized the struggle most small-press literary magazines had at the time getting their content mobile in a eye pleasing format. The Guardian picked LitRagger as one of the best new apps the week of our launch. As HTML5 adoption grew and these challenges became less of a barrier, we transitioned to new projects.
My job as a Student Web and Mobile App Developer for Purdue Studio allowed me to work with an amazing and particularly detail oriented team of talented developers and designers. The Studio suite of apps are built to help facilitate collegiate learning, in and out of the classroom. Here, I learned some of my first lessons in software and database design patterns, version control principles, and agile project management. I have been allowed to lead develop two .NET projects this year; a total rewrite of the Purdue Directory to a .NET C# that included a custom search algorithm, and a new app to showcase how the Studio apps help instructors achieve the different learning objectives of Bloom's Taxonomy. Studio’s apps are beautiful and well designed for user experience, and I learned in this role to code with the design team in mind.
Summer 2013 I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Amazon in Seattle, WA, which I am convinced is the best city in the world. I worked on the Amazon Instant Video team interning as a Software Development Engineer in Test. My specific project was to incorporate various third party testing into the encoding pipeline and develop a way to verify and compare results. The experience of being in a top-tier industry enviroment was one that has raised the bar on my expectations for the code I produce. I recommend applying for Amazon's internship program if you are a student looking for high-level high-stakes industry experience.