TAB Welcomes: Andy Boothe

I’m a programmer who decided somewhere along the way that he could write words as well as code. After much study, I’ve determined that English isn’t so different from C or Java. The punctuation’s a little different — code has more semicolons — but it’s all just storytelling. English uses words; code uses bits. There’s more of each in the other than you think.

Well…that’s true of most writing. But the topic of my first article for TheAppleBlog is myself, which is unfortunate because myself is my least favorite topic. Seriously, what do you say when you have 500 words to impress the world? I’m tempted just to post my resume and have done with it, but I won’t. I’m not sure what I’d do with the other 493 words, anyway. (“I’m awesome and you should hire me.” has turned out to be a surprisingly effective Curriculum Vitae.)

Instead, I’ll just let you know that I’m a software developer, with experience developing software for Fortune 10 companies, startups, nonprofits, and many things in between. At some point during all that software development, I also found time to go back to school for a graduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which was an experience that I am still recovering from. I used that degree as an excuse to go on sabbatical from software to manage investments for a large seed-stage Venture Capital fund in Austin, Texas, where I live, and I very much enjoyed looking at startups from both sides of all kinds of tables while I was there. But now I’m back in software, so no, I can’t help your company get funding. Sorry. But I’m sure your company’s really cool, though.

It’s also worth mentioning that I’m a big-time Apple nerd. I’m typing this on my 17″ MBP, which is currently backing up to my Time Capsule, which is in turn busy keeping its friend, my iMac, nice and warm. And without my precious iPhone, what would I compulsively check my pockets for every time I stand up? And that iPad-shaped hole on my bookshelf needs filling badly.

Since I’m a developer, one of my favorite things to write about is software. (Yes, I’m incredibly fun at parties, thanks.) So, I’ll be writing a lot of how-tos about things like iPhone apps and how to make your iPhone do things it is and isn’t generally supposed to do. (As a rule, I’ll also post source code for my how-tos, which will hopefully be useful to TAB readers.) Since I’m a geek, I’ll also be writing about how to integrate the iPhone SDK with other things you use on a daily basis, like Twitter and Facebook. And since I’m an opinionated geek who likes to play businessman, I’ll also be speculating about what on earth Apple and friends are doing and why it’s smart or stupid.

Anyway, I am thrilled to be joining the incredible TAB team and getting to meet and greet with other Apple fans. If you just can’t get enough of my writing (heh), then you can find more on my blog, or just follow my stream of consciousness. Please do say “hello” if you stop in!