Name: Lemnik Merrak
Location: South Africa
I’ve been programming since the first version of Java was available, and I’m basically self taught. Because I didn’t have web access for most of the time I was learning, progress was often slow, but I generally came up with very different ways of solving common problems (mainly cause I had no idea how everyone else did it). It wasn’t until about 3 or 4 years ago that I became interested in the new web technologies: at the time it was JSP’s and Java Servlets for me. It was also around this time that I started working with SQL databases and such.
My knowledge of programming has a very heavy object-oriented slant, and I tend not to get excited about new technologies, unless they truly are something different. Aspects are a good example, they’re nothing massively special (not new anymore either), but they do offer a very nice way of augmenting objects, and have been useful to be when maintaining legacy code.