David Roddick

My name is David Roddick. I’m a husband, a father, and a web developer from Sydney, Australia.

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

In 2008 I was asked to build a website for a local business. This was my first paid development job that kick-started my career. Now I work as the Technical Lead for a Sydney publishing company building news, media and events websites.