About me

David Roddick

I’m the Technical Lead and Senior Developer at The Intermedia Group in Sydney, Australia.

I’m responsible for maintaining a network of B2B news and event websites, including the design and development of front-end UIs, maintenance of back-end infrastructure and overall platform architecture.

I lead a small team of developers in a fairly fast paced environment where we are constantly working to improve the company’s digital assets.

Back story

When I was around 11 or 12 years old, my friend and I were obsessed with the video game Mortal Kombat. Like a lot of kids, I spent a lot of time playing video games. Unlike most however, I wanted to learn how to make my own games.

Being the late 90’s, there was no YouTube or kids coding programs, so I used books and the dial up Internet in my Dad’s office to search for tutorials and wasted way too much printer paper printing off what I found.

I had my own 486 PC running MS DOS. Not the most up to date computer at the time, but it was my own, and for a kid it was awesome to have my own computer.

JavaScript wasn’t as wide spread or popular as it is today, but I had access to a language called QBasic which I could use to make my own games. I wasn’t very good at it, and most of the time I had no idea what I was doing, but if I typed out the lines of nonsense from my print outs, I could sometimes make things happen.

MS DOS QBASIC