Peter J. Wright

Senior Software Engineer

Pete’s journey began way back in the mists of the early ’80s - hacking out assembler for the Commodore 64 and Amiga for a local games publisher. However, his somewhat dismayed parents urged him to get a “real job” after leaving school, so he landed a job as a junior developer with a local construction company.

Biography

Pete’s journey began way back in the mists of the early ’80s - hacking out assembler for the Commodore 64 and Amiga for a local games publisher. However, his somewhat dismayed parents urged him to get a “real job” after leaving school, so he landed a job as a junior developer with a local construction company. This position had him working on  Burroughs B1955 mainframes, right around the time that the world realized that mainframes were a silly idea in general. He continued to keep his hand in gaming by writing articles for numerous magazines as well as programming columns in Program Now and .EXE magazines.

When Visual Basic first launched he decided to learn all, there was to know about it, despite his boss at the time fiercely arguing that neither it or Windows, would ever catch on. Peter took an active role first on message boards and then later online forums finding the answers to any questions others had passed on and was soon approached by Wrox Press to become their first VB author. The series he created ("The Beginners Guide To…") went on to become a staple at Wrox and led Pete to produce a dozen more books covering VB, C#, C, .NET  and Pascal, as well as Windows and Linux development.

A passionate advocate of clean code, Test Driven Development, and eXtreme Programming, Pete landed several contract consulting roles and soon began to specialize in project recovery and Microsoft based development. He then joined Microsoft, and Accenture owned consultancy Avanade as Principal Consultant, leading .NET projects all over Europe for clients ranging from Reuters to Credit Suisse in Zurich. Upon moving from the UK to the US in 2005, he found that the same skills needed to get a project back on track applied to startups, and he took a few different positions leading development teams at early stage startups in the Orlando area, most notably Izea, the company that conducted the creation of sponsored user-generated content online.

Pete is married with three children, and lives north of Orlando in a house they share with two rescue dogs (Pongo and Mason) and a very loud cat named Harley. When not with his family you’ll usually find him either on a motorcycle, a fishing kayak or adding videos to his YouTube channel "Frooglesim."

Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Linux (Ubuntu and Arch)

Software & Technology

  • C#
  • .NET
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Python
  • React Native
  • Ember
  • Postgresql
  • MySql
  • SqlServer
  • Javascript
  • ES6

Development Environments

  • VSCode
  • Visual Studio
  • Vim

Professional

  • Video Editing & Production
  • Audio Editing & Production
  • Public Speaking

Random Skills

  • Software Developer by day
  • YouTuber by night