I was raised on a farm in North Dakota. At an early age, I knew
that farming would not be my career choice. At the age of 16 when
my peers were buying their first cars, I earned the money to buy
an Apple //e computer. It fascinated me so much I learned everything I
possibly could, including how the circuitry worked.
I took a longer route than usual to complete my college credentials
because I worked while making my way through the educational process.
I made my family proud by being the first person in the extended
Gustavson family to earn a bachelor's degree.
My professional career since 1992 has taken me from a focus on
hardware and C programming to software quality assurance, and in
recent years, to web development which is my favorite area of
I work as a web applications developer with Straight North
in Downers Grove, Illinois. I have extensive experience with software,
development, and testing. I work primarily in PHP, but also work with
full time. I love it!
A complete listing of my skills as well a history of the
wonderful employers I've worked for is available on my
I have an extensive background with many skills. A few highlights
would include TDD/BDD, Symfony 2 and Laravel framework experience,
with Linux, and Mac OS X. See some of my
code samples. I also have some development screenshots of
web applications I worked on from
2007 to 2009.
I do some — mostly pro bono — freelance work for some fun clients. There is a list of
clients and descriptions on my resume.