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About Me

Short Form

Shawn Grover is a jack of all trades and can chat comfortably on topics such as network engineering, desktop development, web application development, the pros and cons of various frameworks, server installations and maintenance, end user support, and even electronics and business. He has been active in the Open Source community for quite a while and enjoys sharing information whether instructing formal classes, doing informal presentations, or one on one discussions. When not working, Shawn enjoys spending time with his daughter and his friends, and learning new things.

Long Form

Shawn Grover was first exposed to computers and programming in the mid 1980's and the seed was planted. Since then he has been working with computers one way or another. From 1988 to 1996 Shawn was a member of the Canadian Forces Communication Reserves and undertook various soldier type activities. He was exposed to networking via Banyan Vines, and then later Novell Networks while in the Forces. After some time doing end-user and network support, Shawn enrolled at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to study Computer Technology. Later he undertook the task of network engineering and support for a large network spanning 12 sites over a 300 KM area for 3 years.

Shawn returned to a programming role in 2001 when he took on a developer position. During this time he built inventory systems, a web based accounting system, a couple of Content Management Systems, and various other applications for specific roles. He advanced quickly from a junior position and within a year was taking on leadership roles for various projects - technical lead, project management, etc.

In 2004, Shawn struck out on his own and founded his own company focusing on Web Application Development. He is still in business and has completed a number of projects for various customers over the past 6 years. His skill set has evolved over time to account for new technologies and techniques, and he has expanded into related areas such as electronics and embedded programming.

Since 2003, Shawn has been active in the local communities in Calgary. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the A.V. Roe Canada Heritage Museum from 1999 to 2008, he served as the President of the Calgary Linux Users Group from 2005 to 2006. He founded a Programming Special Interest Group where developers could socialize with other developers and gain help and mentor-ship in areas of interest. Shawn was a founder for the Calgary LinuxFest conference in 2006 (later renamed to the Calgary Open Source Systems Festival, or COSSFEST), and has been a central figure in the annual event since. Shawn was chosen as the President of the non-profit organization the conference created in 2008 and served in that role into 2010.

When Shawn is not working, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and his friends. He has also been known to undertake off the wall projects simply for the fun and laughs and is not afraid to step outside his comfort zones.

Portfolio

I am often asked for a sample of my work. Unfortunately most of my work is for internal use by my customers and there are few external samples that really show what I do. Most of the sites linked to below are simply implementations of a CMS, with little in the way of programming.

However, my Grover Ponders blog does include a number of articles that cover the coding issues I encounter (and overcome!), and technology related issues. My personal random thoughts sometimes get posted as well.

  • Grover Ponders - my personal blog which covers my coding adventures, as well as my random thoughts.
  • open2space - this is my business website.
  • www.airdrie.com/human_resources - the code driving the career page has been updated many times but is still based on my original work.
  • www.calgaryairport.com - I worked on the site the Airport used from 2004 to 2009. However, The website was updated/replaced in early 2010 and is no longer my work. I'd like to think that some of the logic I worked on migrated to the new site, seeing as some parts are suspiciously familiar.
  • www.actionhobby.ca - A small local business with relatively simple needs for a website.
  • www.cossfest.ca - COSSFEST is an annual tech conference driven by volunteers.
  • www.clug.ca - The Calgary Linux Users Group site is another volunteer based organization.