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. Recent projects have also led to working with technologies like BioPython as well as the cross-platform libraries React Native and Flutter.
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.