Taylor Campbell

Full-stack Web Developer in Richmond, VA

Professionally:

I write web apps.

Since I was ~15, so almost half my life now. They (and I) have gotten better since my first attempts. I'm currently happily working with Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, and PostgreSQL, hosted on AWS.

I'm currently learning React, and recently (a million years late to this party) trying to practice test-driven development with more rigor.

Unprofessionally:

I write code for fun.

I've always been interested in game development -- I fell in love with creating things on computers when I was 11, hanging out on AOL forums and discussing GameMaker and Hypercard. More recently, I've done a couple Ludum Dare 48-hour game jams, with great enjoyment and sleepiness.

Ludum Dare 33: Better than expected!

LD33 Source : I used PhaserJS here. Good engine, but the docs were confusing. Keeping scope under control made this a complete, if not spectacular, first-ever-game. Code was fantastically bad.

Ludum Dare 34: Unsuccessfully ambitious!

LD34 Source : I used PhaserJS as the engine, and used Babel so I could use ES6 features (classes!). That all worked well, I only failed in the 'build a fun game' department. Vastly superior to last, code-organization-wise.


When not writing code...

Richmond has a fantastic art museum. Anya and I go there whenever opportunity arises. They have a great restaurant where I found my favorite cocktail of the year .

I also like to hang out with my kids -- Imogen loves to read and is currently hooked on Code.org, which is awesome, Ira is into Star Wars, though he still calls Chewbacca "the bear" sometimes. I read: Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, Iain M. Banks, Terry Pratchett (and of course Tolkien, Lewis, etc.).

In the fake sports category, I got into golf a few years ago. I play with my dad once a month or so on a Friday, since we're both off work. It's very addicting, and should be relaxing.

I listen to music – Radiohead, Belle and Sebastian, Libertines, Punch Brothers, whoever. I want to listen to more Beethoven.


Recipe: Whiskey Sour with a Red Wine Float & Maple Syrup

Ingredients (simplified recipe):

  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine

Directions:

  1. Shake bourbon, maple syrup, and lemon juice with ice
  2. Pour into a rocks glass with a big ice cube
  3. Pour red wine over the top of a spoon so it floats on top