Nice to Meet You
I'm Paul, a British chap who noodles with the internet on a daily basis. By day I can be found at Google where I work as part of the Chrome Developer Relations team. As well as doing that I've spoken at some conferences and meet-ups, mainly about rendering performance and WebGL.
Paul, meet Flash.
I was doing my degree in Computer Science in 2001, and I remember finding 2advanced's v3 website, and it totally shocked me. Before then I'd had an interest in the web for sure and I'd been making sites, primarily as a hobby, but seeing what was possible with Flash completely blew me away.
I spent a ton of time playing with Flash and learning how to apply my Computer Science background to the web. I discovered pretty quickly that developing for the web isn't quite the same as writing software, but I loved it and there was no pulling me away. I still love the web, and I am particularly excited about the recent developments with HTML5 and WebGL.
Well it's ten years since I made the decision to work with the web, and I've had the opportunity with some of the world's largest brands, I've won a few awards and I've moved countries a couple of times. A pretty solid decade's work all things considered!
I am happiest when I'm really stretching my brain and pushing the boundaries of my knowledge and experience.
By nature I'm very creative and inquisitive, and so I love learning new technologies and approaches to solving problems. Over the past decade I've been exposed to a lot of languages, to the point where learning a new one tends not to be much much of an issue. Unless it requires a fundamentally different approach to coding. I'm looking at you, Prolog.
Irrespective of the language, I am happiest when I'm really stretching my brain and pushing the boundaries of my knowledge and experience. It's in the solving of problems I get the satisfaction of learning something new, and I love it when I have the chance to share that knowledge and experience with other developers.