Hi, my name is Andrew Young (IPA pronunciation: [ændɹu jʌŋ]).
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I was born on November 26, 1980 in San Antonio, Texas. I have been interested in computers and computer programming for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first programs on an Atari 800XL and an IBM AT in BASIC. I went to Business Careers High School from 1995-1999. After that I moved to Austin, Texas in order to attend The University of Texas. However, I only took one class - Introduction to Philosophy - before taking an extended leave. I returned to school in 2004 to study Computer Science. I switched to Linguistics soon afterwards, specializing in Computational Linguistics. I graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics in August of 2009. I will graduate with a Masters of Software Engineering from California State University, Fullerton in 2012. After that I plan to enter Starr King School for the Ministry to pursue my MDiv.
I generally consider myself a computer programmer as far as my career is concerned. I program mostly in Java, but I also program in Ruby, C#, Perl, Bash, and various other programming languages. I am a Sun Certified Professional and I hold the Programmer, Developer, and Web Component Developer certifications.
Some of the programming subjects which I am especially knowledgeable about include:
- XML processing
- Enterprise application design, especially with J2EE
- Object-oriented programming
I also work part time as the Youth and Young Adult Programming Coordinator at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. I plan to enter the UU ministry specializing in youth ministry sometime in the next 5-10 years.
I'm interested in the following topics, among others:
- Computer programming
- Linguistics, Historical linguistics, Computational linguistics
- Esperanto, Constructed languages
- Japanese language, Japanese history, and Anime
- Historical reenactment, Society for Creative Anachronism
- Dungeons & Dragons and other Role-playing games
- Website: Vaelen.Org
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