My name is Matt Pierce and I’m a web developer (front-end and back-end) for Montclair State University. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey and have worked professionally in web development at one level or another since 1999.
Like most developers in higher education, I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. Beyond development, I have interest in and experience with creating content, site architecture, site design, and video production.
I also have personal interests in video games, the tech industry, cars, comic books, and sci-fi. This blog isn’t strictly business related, so expect posts on any number of related topics.
Frequently Asked Questions (that nobody’s ever asked)
What’s the purpose of this blog?
To give me a space to write out some thoughts that are maybe too long or complicated for twitter. I would most directly liken it to John and Hank Green’s vlogbrothers channel on YouTube – a sounding board for pretty much anything on their minds. But since I don’t have a great on-camera presence I figured the written word would be a better format.
BTW, vlogbrothers is worth watching and it’s a good starting point if you’re a little older and don’t know why YouTube has become a thing.
What qualifies you as an expert on web development?
I’m purposely not putting myself forward as an expert. This is the field in which I work, and these are my opinions on that field. Whenever possible I’ll let my work speak for itself. When that’s not possible, I’ll explain my opinions. I’m too self-aware, though, to present myself as a voice of authority.
Is this website a portfolio piece?
Yes, absolutely. I’m going to write a quick blog post soon about the decisions I made while developing this site but one of them was to leave all of my code un-minified. If I’m going to talk the talk on web front-end development, then I have to walk the walk too. That means I have to sacrifice a little page optimization for transparency.
Does that mean you’re looking for a new job?
The purpose of this site is to give me a space to write, not to put myself out there professionally. That said, I’m not closed-minded to new opportunities.
Do you do freelance work? Will you build me a site?
No. One full-time job is enough. My time away from work is for myself and my family.