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    December 2011 Member of the Month

    It's been a while but this month I'm excited to say that our Member of the Month winner was my nomination. Please join me in congratulating cydewaze for his contributions around this place and then go get yourself a coffee and have a read of his interview.

    How did you first come across SP and what made you stay?
    I won't deny using the forum search feature on this one to "refresh" my memory

    I stopped in for some CSS help back in 2006. My office was kicking off a complete facelift of our website, and I was determined to ditch the table layout in
    favor of CSS. I got some really helpful advice and the people here seemed nice, so I stuck around. Another reason I stuck around was the fact that SitePoint has a ColdFusion forum, and good CF help can be hard to find. I'm also a huuuge fan of Sitepoint books!


    How has your life changed as a result of being voted MotM?
    "Fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, I thank you all"


    You spend a lot of time around the SQL forum. What is it that you do for a living?
    I work for the US Dept of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and I manage a portion of the agency's website. We're in the process of an office-wide redesign, and the new pages are partially driven by a custom CMS that I created in ColdFusion. Since any dynamic website uses SQL, I'm constantly in the SQL forums bothering the smart people there - especially poor rudy!

    I also spend a good bit of time in the ColdFusion forum, where I routinely find solutions to my unique and bizzare problems.


    How did you get into that line of work? Were you formally trained or did it just happen?
    I started off some years ago doing CAD, then moved into network administration. I set up some LANs for small businesses in the area, then got a job with a company that put me into a tier 2 helpdesk support role. I can't remember why I decided to learn HTML, but I did it the old fashioned way - with a web tutorial and notepad. I slowly migrated to learning CSS, then a little bit of PHP, then CF.

    I do have formal training in CF in the form of 3 (and counting) CF courses from a local tech school. Betwween what I learned there and here on Sitepoint, I can get most things figured out.


    What tools can't you live without? (We're talking web stuff here…)
    Oddly enough, Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Dreamweaver. We get tons of web documents sent to us in MS Word format, and DW is really good for converting those docs to "real" HTML. I also have a copy of CF Builder 2, but I use DW far more.

    Other "must have" tools are mostly Firefox extensions - The web developer toolbar, color contrast analyzer, and I'm trying to use Firebug more. Xenu link checker is also pretty handy.


    If you met someone that was brand new to web development, what would your number one piece of advice to them be?
    RUN!! Ok, just kidding. I think I'd tell them to learn to code without relying on a web editor to do it for you, which is probably the same advice that's been around for years. I'd also tell them to learn proper SQL to go with whatever server-side language they chose to learn, because even with my limited SQL knowledge, I run into pages that look great on the outside but have a mangled mess of SQL on the inside that grinds the page to a crawl. I think it's important to learn every language you're going to use, and not just in a "well enough to get by" manner.


    I see that you're from the US. Is that where you were born and bred or is it a lifestyle choice?
    I was born in Upstate NY and moved to the DC area in 1980 when my parents moved here after my stepdad got a job offer from CSC (a company I later worked for myself). I'm sticking around the area for now, however my wife is Canadian, so we're trying to figure out how to move there someday so we can be closer to our cottage.


    Do you have a 'real life'? Any interesting hobbies?
    I'm an avid cyclist, and before I got married I used to ride between 3000 and 5000 miles a year. I ride less now since my wife and I travel so much, but I still enjoy riding, and she does too. Between the two of us, we have 7 bikes (road & mountain), so you could say it's one of our primary forms of recreation.

    I also enjoy skiing, cars, photography, and I have a cool slot car track in our basement. My wife and I are both serious U2 fans, so we follow them around the world whenever they're on tour. For this last tour we saw them in England, Scotland, Greece, Toronto, North Carolina, California, as well as here in MD and DC.


    Do you believe that there are really girls on the internet?
    What are girls? Are you talking about those strange people with webcams who always ask me for my credit card number?


    Who do you think would win in a fight to the death - a cow or a horse?
    Depends on whether or not the cow was free-range and grass fed.


    And your chance for shameless, unmoderated, self promotion... Is there a website that you'd like to draw our attention to?
    I guess I'll throw a plug out for my wife's website, which would have definitely looked a lot worse without the help I got here on Sitepoint, and the logo contest we had on 99designs! http://www.xpressdanceclasses.com/

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    Very, very nice interview and awesome responses, cydewaze! Well deserved indeed!
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    whaddya mean, "poor rudy"?

    it's a pleasure working with someone like you who appreciates coding elegance

    and i, too, am an avid cyclist, so i knew there was a reason i liked you

    congrats, and well deserved

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    Congratulations, cydewaze. What an interesting bunch of hobbies. I'm a recent convert to cycling, but will take a while to get anywhere near 3000 miles in a year. Your dedication to U2 is a little ... well ... overwhelming. CDs are simpler.

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    lol thanks everyone. I'm a bit shy when it comes to public stuff, so I was sweating bullets writing answers that I knew people might actually read!

    Oh and ralph, I can always blame the U2 madness on my wife
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    Congratulations! It was a great interview and a fun read. Well done... both of you

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    Congratulations!

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    Congratulations and great Interview. It's always nice to get an insight into what are members are about

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    Congratulations.

    Rudy, you forgot to mention you both like Canada too. Well, unless you don't of course
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    Congratumalations!

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    Congratulations! (I always knew we Ubuntu folk were special. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoBear View Post
    Congratulations! (I always knew we Ubuntu folk were special. )
    Indeed! Though I'm still on 10.10 (the Unity thing spooked me). I even have an ubuntu theme on my smartphone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
    Indeed! Though I'm still on 10.10 (the Unity thing spooked me).
    I upgraded to 11.04, after reading that I could switch to the "classic" desktop if I wanted. In fact, I never did and I've got used to working with Unity. It's so easy to adapt to that even my husband can cope with it. Now, my only problem is when I use my laptop, which isn't that often. I stick to LTS versions on that, so it's still running 10.04 and I get really confused going back to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
    I even have an ubuntu theme on my smartphone.
    Now that's really cool. I don't even have a smartphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAWK View Post
    ... How has your life changed as a result of being voted MotM?
    "Fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, I thank you all" ...
    I'm sure it's been no bed of roses.

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    Congratulations! Liked the interesting interview !
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoBear View Post
    I upgraded to 11.04, after reading that I could switch to the "classic" desktop if I wanted.
    I've actually just installed xfce on my Ubuntu machine. Unity is awful, I tried Gnome 3 but that's pretty unusable too (no minimise buttons, really?). Eventually I installed xfce, it's a lightweight desktop, pretty much like Ubuntu used to be


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    Quote Originally Posted by imaginekitty View Post
    I'm sure it's been no bed of roses.
    I knew someone would get the reference!!
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    Good interview, congratulations on winning the December MofM Award!
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    Congratulations!!

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    Great interview! Congratulations cydewaze. Nicely done website, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
    I knew someone would get the reference!!
    "News of the World" was one of my first 8-tracks.

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    Congratulations ! It was a great interview . Well done !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    Nicely done website, too!
    Thanks Shy! If only you knew how many revisions that silly little site went through.

    Doing sites for friends and/or family is risky business!
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