Interview with Brandon Farber - IPS Developer

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Interview with Brandon Farber - IPS Developer

Matt and Charles keep Brandon Farber pretty busy these days, but even so he managed to find the time to answer some questions for an Admin Zone Interview! :D

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm 23, married, and I have two kids (ages 2 and 4). I was born in upstate NY, but moved to Jacksonville FL when I was 15, where I met my wife a year later. I spend a lot of time outside of work doing things for my sons, as most fathers would.


What is your educational background?

I stopped going to a traditional high school when I was 16 because my wife (girlfriend) became pregnant, and completed high school at age 17 through a home schooling program. Shortly after I completed high school, I enrolled in college where I graduated Valedictorian of my class, earning an Associates Degree in Electronics and Computer Technology.


What do you consider to be your accomplishments?

My family is my greatest accomplishment. I don't know what I'd do without them now.


Any failures you'd like to tell us about?

Nothing of interest, at least that I can think of. I can't recall failing at anything that I really wanted to succeed at.


How did you first get into coding / programming?

I got into making login screens for Windows XP a while back and after I had made 30 or 40 I decided I wanted to host them on a site. Around the same time I was working 6:30 PM till 3 AM and at work (in between tech support calls) I started learning basic HTML. While my free site was in its infancy, I downloaded a program (which has grown outdated now) called phpdev, which ran a WAMP combination on localhost. With it, IPB 1.2 was provided. I liked how it worked and soon got a copy of 1.3. I setup a site (which I no longer own) to host login screens and visual styles for others who enjoyed XP Customizations. As I did this, there were features missing (like a download system to host the files) that I wanted, so I got involved with Invisionize at the time. I started using a copy of a download system by Sno (which was originally coded by Parmeet) and eventually just dove into the code to learn it - I had no formal training, so the only way for me to learn it was to open up the files and sift through them. I had questions, and Parmeet answered most of them (involving changing code) which really helped me get started. PHP isn't so hard to learn if you take the...
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DChapman

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Good interview :)

Brandon said:
I drink 4 cups of coffee in the morning, so you could say I intake a lot of caffeine. I don't listen to music typically - unless I'm at home, and only rarely then.
I think programmers account for more than 50% of the world's caffeine intake :)
 

JoshB

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Great interview.

I like this get stuck right in point of view. So many times have I seen people say, and say myself, to read a book, articles, tutorials and all that jazz.
I guess that is the alternative to that!
 

Erick L Gonzalez

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I started with IPB 1.2 too and since then I've been hooked on IPB coding and Php, the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps and the stupid war in Iraq (3 time vet) has kept me from becoming the full-time developer I hope to be but now that I'm getting out in the next few months I intend on making IPB coding my career.

This is the man I emulate, I live and breath IPB php coding day and night, I hope that very soon I will be good enough to write my own mods and get noticed by IPB.

Farber man you are my hero, seriously no joke and this comes from a man who has seen a lot of heroic acts in wartime.

Great interviewed, been waiting for it for a while.
 
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Kelvin

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Great Interview

I agree that was a great interview and was interesting to read.
 

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BBen said:
Your link doesn't work for IPS beyond!
IPS Beyond is only available to licensed IPB owners. You can access it through your Client Center if this is the case.
 

amoona

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You can always learn something interesting and helpful in an interview. thank you very much:)
 

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I love reading these interviews. it inspires me to see how the ordinary lives are of these programmers/developers when I pictured them as being these god like people. Nice to know they are just down to earth people.
 
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