Crown Rock is my web development business.
I graduated from Indiana University, then from IU School of Optometry. I love challenges, learning and creating. In 2002 I discovered the challenges and rewards of creating websites. After taking online courses from Ivy Tech I earned a diploma in web design from the Art Insitute of Pittsburgh Online.
In 2019 I moved to Colorado and now I'm pursuing web development full time after completing the Full Stack Bootcamp with Nucamp. I prefer Front End but I'm familiar with all aspects of MERN development.
My given names are Steve and Alan.
Steven comes from Greek and means “Crown, Wreath, Honor”.
Alan comes from Celtic and may mean “Rock”.
The roots of my names, Steve Alan, can mean “Crown Rock”. Sounds good, and it has a sense of character, and durability.
I love dogs and I bred Dobermans. In 2002 I needed a website to promote a new litter but I couldn't afford to hire someone. I bred for the breed, and money was to offset expenses. I've always had a "Can Do" attitude so I started researching what a website requires.
I found an app, 'Front Page', that was geared towards newbies with a drag and drop interface. Designing the site was fun, and I learned how to FTP to the server, putting my first site online in 2002. It was an OK way to get online but soon I became unhappy with the restrictions of that app.
In 2008 I took online classes to learn XHTML and CSS2. From that point I was 'hooked'. I found a passion in creating and manipulating web pages.
Then while still practcing optometry I began taking classes, eventually getting a diploma in web design. I built sites and I also took over maintenance of sites from webmasters who no longer wanted the job.
Starting in 2010 I learned the majority of Adobe apps and I still frequently use Photoshop, Illustrator, XD and Acrobat. That's allowed me to develop graphics and images for clients. I enjoy the creative aspects, yet I see coding to be the focus of my career future.
2016 was a great year for me because I discovered and learned Bootstrap. First I reinvented the Evansville Obedience Club site. Soon after I created a site for a client, Window Shopping Indiana. I then created their Facebook presence and most importantly their Google Business presence.
Today I am chasing my dreams of working in MERN development, graduating from Nucamp in July 2020 . I'm focused on Front End Development but understanding the Back End gives me a broader view of the entire project.
My goal is to enjoy my work, while I produce web projects to meet standards, to exceed clients goals, and to be on the cutting edge of development. Personally, I want to contribute to society and to earn my place in a creative workforce.
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