About Gage

Developer

I have spent my entire professional career working as a do-it-all just-figure-it-out software and IT guy. I consider myself primarily a software engineer who also knows just enough about IT and DevOps to be dangerous, considering my background in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a full-stack software engineer, I specialize in the .Net development stack, writing C# on the back and and angularjs and javascript on the front end.

Metalhead

Having grown up with a father who was an outstanding guitar player, it was only a matter of time before I would pick up an axe. I grew up on a steady diet of 80’s hair metal and 90’s alt / nu-metal and I eventually got into extreme metal in college. I played in a Madison/Green Bay metal band called Erebus for about five years, playing around 100 shows across the midwest, embarking on a small tour to Texas and back, and recording one album that I’m very proud of. If you’d like to hear it, you can find it on Spotify, iTunes, or right here:

Wannabe Athlete

I have always loved sports. When I was a little kid, I used to run around the house in my Chicago Bears Halloween costume, pretending to be a running back. When I got to high school, I played football, but genetics largely prevented me from ever becoming the star I always wanted to be. However, I have always worked very hard and enjoyed learning about sports – from fundamentals and drills to strategy and team coordination.

Philomath

According to Wikipedia, a philomath is a lover of learning and studying. As any professional in the software industry worth his or her salt can attest, this is essential in order to succeed in an ever-changing landscape. Most of the code I write today wasn’t even possible to write a few years ago due to advancements within languages and frameworks. I am always seeking out new ways to do things and better solutions than those I already have. Learning is a lifelong passion of mine, affecting all of my interests – whether it’s learning footwork for a 3-step approach in volleyball or reading about a design pattern to solve a specific problem. Hopefully writing this blog will help me share some of those things I learn and also provide a place to remind me how to do things I would undoubtedly forget if I didn’t write them down.

Volunteer and Do-gooder

I believe strongly in working to help other people and giving opportunities to those who may not be as fortunate as me. I love to teach and mentor, and generally to do what I can to make the world a better place. I believe in equality and justice, and I seek to empower underrepresented people in the tech industry because I believe their input and ideas only work to strengthen us. I believe that many of the problems facing our communities and the world could be resolved if most people took the time to work with people who aren’t necessarily like them.

Picture of Gage fangoriously devouring a Thanksgiving turkey leg
Picture of Gage playing the guitar with a mean-ass look on his face
Picture of Gage Trader and his sister dressed in football player and cheerleader costumes