About Me (List of Skills)

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My name is Michael Ragsdale, and I currently reside in the southeastern Virginia metro area (Norfolk, Virginia to be specific). I am currently a worker in the IT web and software developer field, and I have experience in the field since 1997. At this time, I am not actively looking for work.

Objective

To further my career in web and desktop development. Building websites like this one is something I want to do in my professional career.

Skills

My IT and Developer career began in November, 2019 (3 years ago) with my employment with Old Dominion University’s Center for Learning and Teaching. However, my overall skillset dates back to 1997, 25 years ago.

I am most at home crafting web pages from scratch using Atom and Notepad++ (Windows), gedit/Kate (Linux), or BBEdit (Mac). Take this Portfolio page for example: custom PHP (using PHP 8) with Bootstrap 5 and Font Awesome Pro 6 which was written using Notepad++ and Atom and uploaded using Filezilla.

The years listed in paranthesis are when I first started learning the respective technology in either a professional or academic setting. Yes, I began learning HTML back in 1997 in 8th Grade (Middle School) and it is a skill I have to this day, 25 years later.

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Government Clearance & Background Check

For U.S. Government and U.S. Government Contract Employers

I am in posession of a Public Trust governmental clearance, and would be willing to have that upgraded if the company is willing to sponsor the background check.

Desktop Programming

  • (I learned this skill in 2012) C++ (Intermediate Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2021) C♯ (Desktop .NET 6) (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2007) Inno Setup (excluding [code]) (Expert Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2021) InstallAware MSIcode (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2011) Java (Desktop) (Beginning Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2007) Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 1998) Visual Basic 6.0 (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2001) Visual Basic .NET (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)

Web Programming

  • (I learned this skill in 2001) Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) (Expert Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 1997) Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2021) JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) (Intermediate Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 1998) JavaScript (Intermediate Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2021) MariaDB (MySQL) via PHP (Beginning Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2011) PHP Hypertext Processor (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2019) Website Section 508 Compliance (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2019) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Compliance (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)

Web Libraries

  • (I learned this skill in 2018) Bootstrap (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2018) Font Awesome Pro (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2008) jQuery (Expert Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2016) W3.CSS (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)

Content Management Systems

  • (I learned this skill in 2021) Canvas (Intermediate Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2020) GitHub (Beginning Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2019) Personal Learning Environment (PLE) (Expert (Showcase) Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2008) WordPress (Self-Hosted) (Intermediate Knowledge)
  • (I learned this skill in 2008) WordPress (WordPress-Hosted) (Intermediate Knowledge)

Note: Personal Learning Environment was written in-house by one of my previous employers

Professional References

Professional References are requested to determine if your company is a good fit for me. Seems only fair if you are asking for professional references from me.