Jerry Dodge's Portfolio

What do I do?

I'm a Jack of all trades. Whatever it is which needs to be done, I can adapt and take on the challenge. Most of that goes towards software development, but I am more than familiar with a number of other fields. From programming to electronics to music production and woodworking - I have a variety of skills which are suitable for many jobs.

DISCLAIMER: I am not in any way related to the Broadway actor Jerry Dodge from back in the day. This site is also in active development, but feel free to browse around.

General Skills

Adapting to Scenarios

90%

Design Ideas

90%

Implementation

80%

Consultation

80%

Collaboration

75%

Communication

70%

Bullshit

20%

My History

Technology has always fascinated me since I was a child - always tinkering with gadgets, taking things apart, and coming up with my own creations. Around 1998, at 12 years old, I began my programming experience by teaching myself basic HTML code, as well as Q-Basic, an antique DOS based programming language. I also enjoyed just simply taking things apart and putting them back together. It was a very satisfying experience for my age. To figure out how things work.
During my High School years, I built up my keyboarding skills, allowing me to type at incredible speeds. My record speed, without mistakes, is 109 words per minute. I further went into an introduction to programming class, where I took a leap forward learning Visual Basic 6. This is essentially where my professional coding experience began. I also took an introduction to Information Technology class, learning the basics about computers and networking in general. I had other classes in my interest, including woodworking, automotive, and jewelry. I graduated in 2006 with a High School Diploma.
After High School graduation, I put my programming experience on the side in favor to begin work in the Oriental Rug industry. Starting by simply holding a sign on the street corner for a rug store, my interest was sparked by the complexity of handmade rugs, and started to learn more about them. Soon after, I moved from Portage, Michigan down to Louisville, Kentucky, and continued my work with Oriental Rugs. This is when I came across a cross-over business, RM Innovation, where I was able to apply my recent experience of Oriental Rugs and combine it with my history of programming.
I do a lot of little projects on my own time. Typically writing various software or tinkering with electronics. For example, I've recently repaired a Dell PowerEdge server by replacing a couple capacitors. Or written a software package for markdown document writing. I'm even into things like woodworking, mechanics, jewelry, and much more hands-on stuff.
My future is currently up in the air. I'd like to become an established software engineer and make that my career. However I'm open to anything, so long as I can use my creativity.