My name is Nicole Hernandez, and I’m a American living in San Antonio, Texas, USA. I find a variety of topics interesting, but my primary focus is typically on new technology (web technology specifically).
I have worn several ‘hats’ within the technology world. I began my technology career as a programmer specialized in Windows based programming, and using the Visual Basic language as my primary language for coding. Within a short period of time programming and interfacing regularly with databases, I discovered a fascination with those databases, and improving speed and efficiency within existing ones. I then worked to make databases my specialty, and began consulting exclusively as a database architect. My primary contracts at the time involved working on MSSQL and Access databases, but I never passed up the chance to work on an Oracle or MySQL structure. I spent approximately 5 years in those general fields.
In much the same way as I was introduced to my love for databases, I found myself interfacing with web applications more and more. This lead me to realizing a greater need for an understanding of the way the web was changing, and I took a plunge toward working with a web focus. The web is where I have been working exclusively for over 12 years. My specialty within the web is in developing with a focus on Web Standards and Accessibility.
In 2004, I began to keep a technology blog. Initially I hosted this blog on Blogger. Due to some continued frustration with the poor coding of scripts inserted automatically by Blogger, I was unable to make my blog validate as Strict XHTML 1.0. As someone who writes about web standards, I felt it was quite hypocritical to continue to keep my blog on a host that would not make the changes needed to allow a blog to validate entirely (no matter how many emails I sent begging for it). Thus, I began a comparing different blogging software to see what I might want to use.
Early in 2006, a friend offered to host my blog on his server and already installed WordPress. This blog was successfully migrated to a WordPress 2.0 system shortly after, and currently my blog pages validate to XHTML 1.0, and all of the formatting is done using CSS. I’m quite happy with it overall.