I'm Eric Hartline, web developer and fan of all things tech.
Photo by Tuan H. Bui
I've been working professionally as a web developer since 2017, but it was a long and winding road to get to that point. When I was younger, we always had a PC in our home. I spent a lot of time playing around with MS-DOS, then Windows 3.1, then Windows 95... you get the idea. I really enjoyed playing different games, everything from Chip's Challenge to Wolfenstein 3D. I started to get curious as to how video games were made and ended up buying my first programming book -- Teach Yourself QBasic in 21 Days. I wrote a few small programs, one of which was a Mad Libs game (rather amazingly, I found a copy of my game online, complete with an accompanying review that tears it to shreds).
In high school, I started to build websites. Primarily just plain HTML/CSS, but I dabbled with PHP to build a music review website. I also got a job at the local newspaper as their Webmaster. I was in charge of their daily news updates, and I also redesigned their website. Everything was trending in the direction of me going to college for computer science but in my senior year of high school I decided to switch gears. I ended up getting a Bachelor's Degree in Music Industry Management instead.
Fast forward seven years or so. After working various freelance gigs post-college, I was getting the web dev itch again. I built some Wordpress and static HTML/CSS websites for local businesses, then discovered freeCodeCamp and started working my way through its curriculum. I also joined the Chingu dev community and worked on a couple of team projects to get some hands-on coding experience. Shortly after, I was brought on as a temporary web developer at Northwestern University before being hired full-time as an associate developer just three months later.
React, GraphQL, Go, Node.js, Docker, Kubernetes
Music, movies, video games, sports, traveling