Interview with Daniel Hood

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Interview with Daniel Hood

Daniel Hood is one of the go-to guys that develop and maintain add-ons for the XenForo community to give us the additional functionality we crave for our forums.

Daniel is pretty busy these days but he finds the time to help out on TAZ as a Tech Admin. He also graciously agreed to sit down and complete an interview with us.

Thanks Daniel!

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Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a 24 year old web developer from Florida. I was originally born in New Jersey but my family moved to southern Florida when I was two. Two years ago (Feb 2013), I moved to central Florida (Gainesville) when I got a job at an Affiliate Marketing (PeerFly) company as the lead engineer. In 2012, I proposed to my Fiance and we're getting married in a couple of weeks (Feb 28th). Together we have a year and a half old son.

At the end of 2014, I got an LLC (Hood Ventures, LLC). It's a company for both software development and retail consulting (something I else I do).


What's your educational background?

I graduated high school in 2008. I attempted college for a short while, I just couldn't get into it. I've always learned better by doing or just teaching myself by reading online, going at my own pace than I did in school. I taught myself html in 2003 and started to learn php in 2004. I've been learning ever since, I always try to learn something new every day. Between high school and getting the job with PeerFly two years ago, I programmed, but didn't have consistant projects and wasn't programming every day. In the past two years, programming every day again, I've gotten significantly better at Javascript, MySql, and even PHP in addition to starting to learn new languages.


What are your accomplishments up to this point?

I would say that being able to teach myself a skill that allows me to support myself and my family is a great accomplishment.


Any failures you'd care to tell us about?
Not really. Not because I’m perfect or don’t have them but because I try not to focus on negatives. Even if something doesn't work out, I take a new lesson out of it, learn something from it, and move on.


What is your fulltime job?

I'm the lead engineer at PeerFly. PeerFly is an affiliate marketing company. If you're looking monetize your forums, or even test out an alternative ad platform, feel free to sign up. We're going to be releasing an add on in the upcoming months...

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Daniel Hood

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It's essentially mystery shopping stores. I can't explain too much of the process, sorry.
 

Steve

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Nice interview Daniel Hood , I have to that XPM is at the top of my list of favorites as well. :)

Always nice to see these interviews, gives everyone a chance to see the "man behind the mask" sorta thing :p
 

Lisa

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Nice interview Daniel Hood , I have to that XPM is at the top of my list of favorites as well. :)

Always nice to see these interviews, gives everyone a chance to see the "man behind the mask" sorta thing :p
You lining up to do one . . .and Russ ? :D
 

Daniel Hood

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We've been lined up since day 1, or whenever our join date was :D.

Daniel Hood where are you guys going on your cruise? One of my favorite vacations was on a cruise, loaded up the little "ship card" with a ton of money and just drank and relaxed, it was awesome.
We're going to the Bahamas, saint martin, and I believe saint Thomas. It's a week cruise.
 

Russ

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We're going to the Bahamas, saint martin, and I believe saint Thomas. It's a week cruise.

Ah nice I went down there on a vacation package but stayed there only for a day or two if I recall. My absolute favorite time was we went out to this small secluded island where I got to go parasailing, it was awesome and definitely recommend. I also remember going snorkeling in the water, so colorful and clear it was a very cool thing to do :D.(basically try to do this stuff!)
 
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Danielx64

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It always good to see the other side of developers and learn more about what they do, I was thinking that Daniel Hood spend most of this time coding addons for XF
 

DRE

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That's cool that he took over Syndol's instead of all of his addon's dying off. When I have the time to admin my site again I will renew everything and Daniel Hood's addons will be among the first. $$$$
 

Daniel Hood

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Last Wednesday I launched my first Android game. I didn't build it from scratch, I bought the source from someone, changed some colors, added in some tracking stuff (Analytics + Affiliate Tracking). It's done very well in Russia so far, has some United States traffic. Currently ranked 253rd on "Top New Arcard Game" on the Android Play Store.

http://bit.ly/1A3zvrF

[Edit] Expanding with some stats. So far 1200 people have saved a score onto the leaderboard. 2,346 people have it installed (this number only updates once a day so it might be more than that).
 
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