My name is Stephen Holdaway. I’m a developer from Wellington, New Zealand.
A brief history
I can’t remember not being into computers. Knowing how to use Ctrl-Alt-Delete on Windows 95 was probably more dangerous than useful to an eight-year-old, however that made me a computer geek at the time, so I shall triumphantly claim that title.
From sometime around the year 2000, I shared a very second-hand 286 computer running DOS and later GEOS with my brothers. It had a monochrome screen and it was freaking awesome. Perhaps a year later, my first computer was a 386 that I picked up for $15 from a liquidating company. It was in an endless rebooting cycle by the end of the week though and disappeared after that, so I’m not really sure if it counts.
I started messing with 3D modelling in 2001 in a program called Caligari TrueSpace 2. In 2004 I did some programming in QBASIC on the aforementioned 286 (which was still very much alive); mostly text based games and quizzes., but it was good fun. For the following four years, I idly experimented with 3D while I played the drums, recorded music, and played gigs with the band Remastered.
In 2009, I started a Bachelor of Design Innovation in (Digital) Media Design at Victoria University of Wellington. In the same year, the university course ‘Creative Coding’ made me super excited about programming, so I went home and learned some PHP, HTML and CSS over the gloriously long summer holiday that year. The following summer I worked at a Wellington web development firm, where I continued to work part-time throughout 2011. I graduated with my Bachelors degree (BDI) in May 2012 and have continued to work full-time as a web developer.
I’m working at Heyday in Wellington and it’s awesome. In my free time I’m cooking up a few applications, and spending far too much time concocting solutions to obscure math and programming problems. I’m also working towards a private pilots licence.