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About Me

My name is Ben Scheirman. I am the Director of Development at ChaiONE in Houston, TX.

I enjoy writing great software using Ruby and Objective-C. I’m a fairly regular speaker at conferences covering Rails, iPhone, and .NET.

I started out programming when I was 13, tinkering with QBASIC and creating simple games and screensavers. My favorite experience was creating a fake application called “DELBUG” that “removes bugs from programs.” It proceeded to tell the user that it had no choice but to format their hard drive. After that, I was hooked.

I took Computer Science classes all through high school, and then took the passion to college as well. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2004.

From 2004-2010 I was an avid .NET developer, becoming an ASP Insider in 2008 and eventually a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET in 2008 and 2009. I wrote 2 books on ASP.NET MVC (first edition | second edition), which was an interesting process.

In 2009 I started becoming interested in iPhone development, so I picked up a few books, watched some online videos, and eventually wrote my first app, Pocket Tabs. It became pretty popular, rising to #8 in the music category for 1 week. However, due to legal pressure, I decided to take it off of the store due to the unfortunate copyright laws around guitar tablature. In 2010, I released my 2nd app, Giggle Touch. I enjoyed the process of writing iPhone apps, and my part time interest with Ruby on Rails allowed me to make a career shift to doing that full time. So in 2010, I left a nice job as a .NET consultant to explore the crazy fun world working at a small company on technologies I love. I live in Houston with my wife and five beautiful children. When I’m not working, I’m usually hanging out with my family, programming for fun, or playing guitar. Thanks for looking!

profile for Ben Scheirman at Stack Overflow, Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers