Halpin Codes

About

Who is Mark Halpin?

Well, I am glad you asked. I am a Software Engineer who loves learning about new technology and making things!

I first started programming a long time ago, back when PHP was all the rage, and made my way into maintaining a CubeCart site for a while. This thing was massive, and a nightmare to work on. Not only that but the version I was working with at the time was version 1.0 and already out of date by the time I came on the scene. Those were the days…

When the economy tanked, I found my way into networking and systems admin work. I built computers, servers, and set them all up on the network. To increase my effeciency, I wound up scripting deployments with Powershell and VMWare, leading to the deployment of 100’s of servers at a time. When I wasn’t deploying servers, I configured Cisco networking gear.

As technology shifted and the economy moved forward, I found that my scripting background would really help me transition back into full time software development. So with that, I became a full stack engineer learning and converting a Struts(v1!) application into a Spring MVC application with an AngularJS front end.

Fast forward to today, and I use JavaScript/TypeScript, Node, Python, Vue, Postgres, Docker and a host of other technologies to create cool applications. Over my career, I’ve done DevOps, FinTech, SaaS, analytics, chatbots and more!

I really love technology, and choosing the best tools for the job. I also love learning from and giving back to the tech community!

Speaking

I’ve spoken at a bunch of meetups and conferences, and love having the chance to share what I have learned as well as talk about cool new technologies or how to combine different tools and libraries in interesting ways.

A few of the events I have spoken at:

Other Interests

When I am not behind a screen or a keyboard, I like to work with my hands in other ways:
🏀 I love basketball! My all time favorite sport.
🎸 I’ve been playing guitar on and off for a few years. Its been a while though since the last time I have played.
🎣 If there is ever a chance to go fishing, I’m on it!
🔧 Figuring out how to do stuff to my cars is fun, even if just plain old maintenance stuff like fluids and filters.
🔥 🚒 I finally have a grill, and it sure is enjoyable to sit outside and enjoy the smell of grilled flank steak!