About

Hello everyone!  My name is Jeff Roberts and I’ll tell you a bit about myself.  I’ve been a professional software developer for over 25 years.  I’ve seen a lot of technologies come and go and I’ve learned and used many different languages to do my thing.

Architect

As an architect, I design software systems and must always consider things like scalability, structure, stability and ensure that the applications that I design are secure, performant, efficient and based upon standards. I must choose and use frameworks, libraries and communication protocols upon which the application will be built.

Developer

As a developer, I write code and lots of it. I love writing code and consider myself very adept at doing so. I’ve been writing for a very long time and have written applications using all sorts of languages going way back to the 1980′s when I first began. I’ve written in BASIC, RPG, Smalltalk, Java, Javascript/HTML/CSS and now specialize in Adobe Flex and AIR. I’ve been developing in Flex and AIR since 2006 and have been an Adobe Certified Expert since 2008.

I’m a big proponent of writing obvious code. Obvious code is easy to read, maintain, test and is well commented and structured. Coding is a craft and I take pride in it.

I’ve worked on all sorts of projects in all sorts of industries for all sorts of companies.

Speaker

I am a regular speaker at the St. Louis Flex & Fuse the Arch user group as well as having presented at the 360|Flex in both 2010 (Washington D.C.) and 2011 (Denver).

Mentor

Having developed software professionally for so many years, I have a lot of experience to draw upon. I have worked on numerous projects as a technical lead while mentoring and teaching new languages or techniques.

Adobe User Group Manager

I co-manage the Flex and Fuse the Arch Adobe User Group in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m a frequent presenter on all sorts of Flex/AIR-related topics.

Personal

I was born and raised in a small community south of St. Louis and besides living briefly in Fort Worth, TX, I’ve lived my entire life in Missouri. I am happily married to my wife and we have 6 kids ranging in age from 14 to 22.

I love to snow ski, but don’t get to do that nearly enough. I find myself in front of my computer learning and coding more than just about anything else.