Alex of web development company Business Edge

from Alex - I think I’m a rare example in this industry because I actually have a computer science degree, even if computers weren’t my focus in college. My initial majors were engineering and finance before landing in computers. Just about every major required one or two computer classes so I took the requisite courses. One of my professors told us that computer programming was just one skill. You also needed to understand the business in order do anything useful with computers. That was something that has stuck with me to this day. Lucky for me (and the relief of my parents), I found something that I liked and wanted to pursue. After graduating, I started the job hunt just like everyone else and was actually offered a programming position in Lyndhurst, NJ. At the time I was living at home and it that would be a ninety minute commute. I turned down the job but didn’t tell my parents. Fortunately, another opportunity came along that was much closer to home and my career as a software developer began. Since then I have worked for companies of all sizes in a variety of industries. While the technologies have changed, my interest and enthusiasm has not.

What do you do here?

I develop applications primarily for one of our clients in the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry. I also work on SharePoint for other clients.

What do you do when you’re not here?

Sadly, not much. I’m a homebody who really needs to get out more.

What is my favorite movie of all time?

It’s hard to pick just one, but if I had to, I’d have to choose Cool Hand Luke. My wife calls it one of the quintessential “guy” movies.

Where is your favorite place you’ve visited? Where would you like to go that you haven’t yet?

My wife and I planned a trip to Spain but then she got pregnant, so I’d like to make that trip some day.

What video game do you enjoy the most? Do you like to play alone or with friends?

I’m a big fan of the Call of Duty series, which I play online and with my son (much to my wife’s chagrin). Before that my son and I played The Bigs on the Wii.

Do you play any musical instruments? Have you ever been in a band?

I play some guitar and took piano lessons as a kid. In high school, I had a couple of friends who also played and we would sometimes get together for an afternoon and jam. We weren’t good, but at least we stayed out of trouble.

Who is your favorite singer or band? Would you dance in public to their music? If not, how much money would it take for you to dance in public to their music?

I listen to pretty much anything you can’t dance to. I grew up listening to rock (the real kind, the one with guitars) and since taking up (electric) guitar, I listen to a lot of blues and jazz. Because I like Elvis, reggae, and Led Zeppelin, I’ll give a shout out to Dread Zeppelin.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do?

I don’t know if I would do anything different. Just like everyone else, I’m wired to get up in the morning, go to work, and come home at night. I might take a little more time off and perhaps do more community volunteer things.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari?

IE. Don’t ask me why, I just seem to prefer it.

What can you do that most other people can’t do?

I don’t take myself too seriously.