From the first afternoon that I spent, teaching myself how to program computers, coding has been one of my true delights. Early on, I compared it to playing with legos, taking a finite variety of pieces and assembling them in an infinite variety of ways. The difference? …that you never run out of those 2 X 4 pieces. The only thing you can run out of is the computer’s memory space, which was a constraint in the early days of 3.5 Kb computers.
Designing and coding web pages was an obvious continuation as I created some of the earliest web pages in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction home page.
Landmarks for SchoolsThis was the first web site that I created, upon starting the independent phase of my career in 1995. It still lives as a library of web resources that I have judged, at some point, to be of potential value to teachers and students. http://http://landmarks4schools.com/
Citation MachineCreating bibliographies are the bane of students who are forced to write research papers. It is a sin, because play credit to the source of any information that we use is and important element of using information in the knowledge age. I initial this tool, that creates citations, for teacher. I felt that it was important that they model the appropriate use of the information that helped them to do their jobs. The site took off, earning more than a million page views most days, ultimately earning some income for my wife and I via Google Ads and then associates in New York – who are now managing the site. http://citationmachine.net/