I am a Lead Senior Software Engineer living in the Knoxville, TN area. I invite you to Google "Wade Chandler and Java" or "Wade Chandler and NetBeans" for a sampling of what I have done or been involved, and some of my contributions to open source and the community.
I enjoy the environment and finding new streams to explore; life's not all about technology. I don't need to be fishing to enjoy a stream; just jump in and just have fun. Part of the fun for me is being close to nature and examining the wildlife; living near the Great Smoky Mountains and in a great area makes this easier I suppose.
I mentor fellow co-workers every day, and believe it a key role of all experienced engineers. I have worked in various industries and with many technologies, and believe a good software engineer can apply solid principles and architecture to any technology stack and industry. Also, that good engineers elevate quality and the user experience; that all roles on a project contribute to this.
The user experience is influenced by the speed and quality of back end systems and algorithms just as much as the design of a quality user interface and innovation. I feel one must spend time understanding their domain, architecture, source base, users, and business stake holders, and only then can they truly commit to improving the thing they are working on.
I think it is just as important for business stakeholders to understand the value technology brings to their company as it is for the engineers employing the technology to understand the business. I do not believe one can have great organizational synergy without all stakeholders understanding this nexus.
Throughout my career of 20 years, I have led and implemented different tiers of various forms of highly available, scalable, and distributed applications. At times this has called for creating custom services, network protocols, and user interfaces and components for different profiles including the web, mobile, desktop, and the cloud. This for the industries of life style, media, museums, retail, government, education, and military; various profiles of each, and for small, medium, and enterprise scale businesses.
You can read here and in my resume I have used various technologies to implement requirements. Some pretty interesting projects have not been detailed, and I would love the opportunity to discuss them with you. You can also read more on my blog.