Hello! I'm Eric Crooks, a software engineer with extensive experience in the full stack of modern web application development.
I used to call myself a self-taught developer, but now that I have my BS in Computer Information Systems, calling myself a self-taught developer would only be partially true. However, I did learn the craft by viewing source code like most self-taughts out there. Those were the good days–the days when Adobe Dreamweaver ruled the lands and being able to code Flash sites made you a god.
2017, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
Getting my BS in CIS was probably one of my biggest achievements. In 2014, I got out of the military (stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina) and went back to school at the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco. I was hoping to finish my BFA in Web Design & New Media by 2016 since I was half-way through with credits. One semester later, I decided to move to Raleigh, North Carolina and enrolled at DeVry University's Raleigh-Durham campus. That move cost me most of my credits (I think five credits transferred). I realized at the start of my DeVry journey that I had to speed things up. So, from March 2015 to August 2017, I filled my plate with tons of schoolwork despite being activated once (with the military), having a full-time job, and playing dad. I am so glad to be finished.
2014, Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications (Web Design Emphasis)
College of Southern Nevada
Initially, I pursued an AAS in Graphic Communications, but a quarter of the way through the program I found myself switching to AAU. Attending AAU with student loans made me think to myself, "I'm going to be in debt," so I looked at enlisting in the US Army to get the Post-9/11 GI Bill. I enlisted in the Nevada National Guard in 2010, but later opted to go active duty. I had to serve 36 months of active duty for 100% GI Bill benefits; that contract felt like it was never going to end. Before getting out and going back to AAU in 2014, I got what I could from the College of Southern Nevada in little to no time: the Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communcations. Thanks, Chip.
I like using resources like Treehouse, Code School, and StackSkills for continuing my education. Currently, I'm learning:
- Swift and Xcode (via Treehouse)
- How to make iOS apps (via StackSkills)