Welcome to my website. My name is Dan Jones. I am a web developer and an actor, and I’d like to tell you a bit about myself.

Dan Jones, the Web Developer

Commodore 64C
Commodore 64C
© Bill Bertram

I was first exposed to computers as a child. My family had a Commodore 64, on which, as a ten-year old child, I would do my homework, play games, and make simple programs. I learned how to program in BASIC. It was then that I began to understand how computers could improve our day-to-day lives.

When we upgraded to a newer computer, we finally got the Internet (via Prodigy) in our home. When I was 14, I got my first email address, and at 15, created my first website on GeoCities (my site was in the Silicon Valley “neighborhood”). My site was essentially a blog before blogs existed.

Initially, I built the site using a WYSIWYG editor (namely, MS FrontPage), but with my programming background, I was interested in what made these pages into the pages I saw in my web browser. It wasn’t long before I was hand-coding the site.

I learned HTML to layout the site, CSS to give it some style, and eventually JavaScript to make it dynamic. During that time, I had my own web design business. I only had client while in high school, but I gained skills necessary to work with others and to take another person’s vision, and make it real.

When I entered college, I gained additional skills necessary to run enterprise websites. I learned PHP, for truly dynamic website. I learned SQL, to interact with databases. I also gained some experience with server administration by setting up and running my website on my own LAMP server. I also gained experience with several platforms and frameworks.

Since that time, I’ve worked building websites for small businesses, educational organizations, and large media companies.

Dan Jones, the Actor

Web developer, actor, all around good guy