About Me

My name is John Atten, and I also have any number of accounts under the name XIV Solutions. I am fascinated by all things geek - programming, computers, the internet, and life in general. I am a self-taught student of programming and software development, and I spend way too much time and money pursuing this interest. My friends and familiy are concerned for my well-being.

The Beginning

My earliest exposure to programming was way back in the day (this would be the early eighties) when I wrote a little program in BASIC on a TRS-80 which solved quadratic equations. Why did I do this? because I hated algebra, hated math, and hated the quadratic formula. My genius thinking at the time was that I would not have to learn or practice quadratics if I could get the machine to do it for me. Ha ha ha. The joke was on me. While this would be a trivial excercise anymore (I made friends with math in later years), at the time it was quite the task, and in creating that silly few lines of code, I found that I had more than mastered the quadratic formula.

I am either fluent in, or actively learning:

  1. vb.net
  2. C#
  3. Java
  4. MS T-SQL
  5. ASP.NET MVC 3 (working on this NOW, as of Summer 2011)
  6. Objective-C + Cocoa Framework (haven't gotten very far on this one. Yet . . .).

I currently use the following development tools:

  1. Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  2. SQL Server 2008 R2 2008 Developer Edition
  3.    MS Web Matrix
  4.    Eclipse IDE  (for Java and Android Development)
  5.    XCode 4 (for iPhone/iPad Development - you must get this from the Apple App Store)
  6.    A bunch of other utilities and stuff that I will likely discuss in future posts.

My other Passion - Music

My other passion is music. I play guitar, and have had music in my blood all my life. I played in a fairly successful band in Seattle during the early ‘90s. We played all over the Pacific Northwest, and released several albums. I currently own a Black Les Paul Custom with gold hardware, and a black on black Fender Stratocaster (a man must have diversity of tone). In the early nineties I designed, owned, and operarated a commercial audio recording studio with a friend of mine, and recorded and/or produced a number of great bands from the Seattle/Tacoma area. Currently, I create my own music at home using Propellerhead Reason + Record (a very, very nicely put together peice of software. These guys created a great UX, and the program is awesome. Go get it. Now.). 

I currently live in Portland, Oregon in the United States.

About the author

My name is John Atten, and my "handle" on many of my online accounts is xivSolutions. I am Fascinated by all things technology and software development. I work mostly with C#, JavaScript/Node, and databases of many flavors. Actively learning always. I dig web development. I am always looking for new information, and value your feedback (especially where I got something wrong!). You can email me at:

jatten at typecastexception dot com

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