I’m John (at right, on Netherlands TV)1. I’m a writer and app software engineer. I grew up in Southern California and I’ve worked in Northern California as a programmer and journalist.
I now live and work in London, where I operate a small consultancy, JupiterJazz.io, making native iOS and Android apps for clients. Although I’m pretty good with Apple’s new language Swift, these days we are mostly interested in working with React Native.
My programming experience stretches back to my youth, during which I was obsessed with Commodore Amiga computers and earned extra credit from a kind math teacher after he discovered I had spent his trig lectures writing games on the class’s VAX mainframe about dudes with swords fighting wizards.
I build, document and advise clients on how best to implement:
* Phone apps (Swift, Objective-C), lately ones with swipey user-matching screens
* Databases (MongoDB, Firebase) for providing realtime info or syncing stuff between apps
* Friendly UIs for talking to creaky old data collections
* Custom software for radio hosts: paywalls, chat rooms, live Internet broadcasting
Podcast paywalls and software for podcast hosts
Tech portfolio here.
In between things I have written these books, as well as articles that have appeared in The New York Observer, The Guardian and other places.
Kearny’s Dragoons Out West: The Birth of the U.S. Cavalry (University of Oklahoma, 2016.) A piece of untold Western history, co-written with my dad!
Been working on some other writing projects, some of them interactive…and coming soon.