My professional career in the software development and engineering industry began just over eighteen years ago. Since then, I've been fortunate to have had the experience of working for a number of organizations with a lot of great people. Over the years of watching software products and systems conceived, live fruitful (or not so fruitful) lives and ease into legacy/retirement I'm continually reminded of the necessity of quality software engineering practices and competent software craftsmanship necessary to achieve success.

I have a passion for software craftsmanship. In more recent years, I've spent a lot of my free time pursuing more effective software development by studying writings and lectures of industry leaders and experimenting on my own. I've learned a lot, but as with many topics of great depth, breadth and interest, the more you learn, the more additional topics appear you'd like to dive deeper into. This is the driving factor behind why I've decided to spend a minimum of the next twelve months focusing fulltime on independent study of software engineering and related topics.

Areas of specific concentration will be modern C++, software architecture/design, real-time systems and cross platform development. In addition to this, I hope to increase my knowledge in areas of interest such as ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers and digital signal processing. I've also long had a passion for music, audio and audio software in general. As I learn best by "doing", I plan to directly apply what I learn during independent study in at least a couple of new projects I'll be starting shortly. I plan to use this blog to document and make these projects available.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll stay tuned and check back soon. I'm very excited about this coming year.


Date: July 18th, 2016 at 7:16am
Author: Terence Darwen
Tags: Sabbatical