About TechFuelHi folks, My name is Julio Flores Schwarzbeck. I am originally from Mexico but have been working in the U.S. for over 14 years mostly as a Software Developer in one capacity or another. I am currently employed as an Applications Developer Sr. at Fisher Investments, an important financial services firm with offices around the globe and curently living in the small but charming town of Camas, WA.
I specialize and love writing Python applications for both back-end and front-end systems, I started web development using python since the Zope2 era, circa 1999 and currently I am completely hooked in writing software and web applications using one of the best frameworks that I've found since Zope/Plone: web2py.
I am a strong proponent of Open Source and have developed several applications that have been used around the planet (ahem), I don't do much open source application development anymore since my day job basically consumes all my time (and neurons), but when I have the time, I still develop OS applications, albeit at a slower pace. What drives me to continue do this is twofold: (1) Finding the Microsoft Windows platform completely bland and unappealing in general which is the OS used at work. And (2) Working in Python (And Linux, and Open Source in General), acts as an excercise for the brain, and takes me back to the reality of why I love programming in the first place.
I have also worked in C# application development, building mostly middle-tier custom (back-end) components and CRM 2013 plug-ins under Windows, and "converting" python core components into C#, which I personally find pathetic.
I am an Industrial and Systems Engineer, with a BS in Manufacturing and Systems Engineering from my alma mater: Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora Located in Sonora México. A U.S. acredited higher-education institution.
Linux is by far my preferred OS and OSX closely behind, My wife is an avid Mac user and also an Engineer (See? Smart people don't use Microsoft? ;) — My kids use their Linux Mint boxes probably better than I do. My editors of choice are Komodo/Wing/Geany/Sublime/Vi/Vim and Brackets.
Among the projects that I've worked on that have a somewhat significant visibility are:
- NetAID.org [Developer's Team Member] - U.N. Sponsored Project
- pyforum.org [Author] - (hopefully) soon-to-be web2py's "official" message board system
- QA-Stack.com [Author] - Q&A website (the open source counterpart of Stack Overflow ;)
- AIA Actor's Studio [Author] - Intranet and Website for Movie Casting in Burbank, CA
- I-Track.org [Author] - An open source Bug/Issue tracking system coded in Python/web2py.