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===College Years===
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Matt Hovany matriculated at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uiuc University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign] in the late [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century 20th Century].  Matt majored in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_engineering Computer Engineering] in the University's College of Engineering. Several years of college were devoted to enhancing his graphic design and video gaming skills.  The majority of his travels during these years involved the 168 mile trip to his family's home every other week to have his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laundry laundry] done.  In the winter of his senior year he traveled to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_angeles Los Angeles], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California California] and discovered a land without snow, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_trap speed traps], or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toll_road toll roads].
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Matt Hovany matriculated at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uiuc University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign] in the late [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century 20th Century].  Matt majored in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_engineering Computer Engineering] in the University's College of Engineering. In the winter of his senior year he traveled to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_angeles Los Angeles], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California California] and discovered a land without snow.
===Post College===
===Post College===
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After graduating with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_of_Science Bachelor of Science] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_engineering Computer Engineering], Matt returned back to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago Chicago] where he was hired full time by a leading web design company that had employed him part-time for the previous 3 years while at college.  This position had given him experience with web application programming, web server administration, network administration, and graphic design.  In [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004 2004] Matt had moved to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_angeles Los Angeles] along with a former highschool friend and college roommate.  Eventually Matt would be hired by one of the largest produce distributors in Southern California as a server administrator for their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] based [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_resource_planning ERP] server.  This position would allow Matt the freedom to learn new programming languages and take on projects of personal interest. During the following 2 years [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasoline gasoline] prices in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_angeles Los Angeles] would approach $3.40/gallon and Matt would pursue freelance programming work to compensate.  In [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006 2006], one of these freelance clients would offer Matt a full time position as a software developer in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica Santa Monica].  Matt specialized in a Content Management System called [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitecore Sitecore].  In 2009, [http://www.sitecore.net/News/Press-releases/2009/Sitecore-MVPs.aspx Matt was recognized in the Sitecore MVP program], one of 13 developers worldwide that year.
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After graduating with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_of_Science Bachelor of Science] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_engineering Computer Engineering], Matt returned back to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago Chicago] where he was hired full time by a leading web design company.  This position had given him experience with web application programming, web server administration, network administration, and graphic design.  In [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004 2004] Matt had moved to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_angeles Los Angeles].  Eventually Matt would be hired by one of the largest produce distributors in Southern California as a server administrator for their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] based [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_resource_planning ERP] server.  During the following 2 years Matt would pursue freelance programming work.  In [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006 2006], one of these freelance clients would offer Matt a full time position as a software developer in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica Santa Monica].  Matt specialized in a Content Management System called [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitecore Sitecore].  In 2009, [http://www.sitecore.net/News/Press-releases/2009/Sitecore-MVPs.aspx Matt was recognized in the Sitecore MVP program], one of 13 developers worldwide that year.  In 2011, Matt received the [http://www.sitecore.net/about/press-and-media/press-releases/2012/04/2011-sitecore-mvps.aspx Sitecore MVP] again for his contributions. Sitecore would invite Matt to speak at the [https://www.sitecore.net/~/media/Events/Dreamcore/files/agenda.ashx 2010 Sitecore Dreamcore Conference], the [http://www.sitecore.net/about/press-and-media/press-releases/2011/04/dreamcore-north-america-2011.aspx 2011 Sitecore Dreamcore Conference], and the 2012 Sitecore Symposium Conference.
===Untimely Death===
===Untimely Death===
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===Computers===
===Computers===
Starting at age 6, Matt Hovany would acquire many computer skills during the days spent not playing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball baseball], not [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camping camping], and not attending extra curricular clubs.  Matt would acquire skills in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSDOS MS-DOS], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS/2 OS/2], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows Windows] (3.1 through Server 2008, Windows 7), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X OS X].  In his time as a web designer he would attain professional level [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoshop Photoshop] skills.  During his time in college and subsequent employment Matt would go on to learn skills in programming languages, markup languages, and frameworks such as: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IA-32 x86/IA-32 Assembly], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Server_Pages ASP], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASP.NET ASP.Net] 1.1 - 4.0, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%2B%2B C++], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_Sharp C#], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascading_Style_Sheets CSS], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML HTML], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_programming_language Java], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javascript JavaScript], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisp_programming_language Lisp], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASP.NET_MVC_Framework MVC.Net], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocaml OCaml], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opengl OpenGL], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php PHP], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language Ruby], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_On_Rails Ruby on Rails], [http://www.sitecore.net/ Sitecore CMS] as a Sitecore MVP, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sql SQL] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSSQL MSSQL] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysql MySQL]), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vbscript Visual Basic Script] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xml XML].
Starting at age 6, Matt Hovany would acquire many computer skills during the days spent not playing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball baseball], not [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camping camping], and not attending extra curricular clubs.  Matt would acquire skills in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSDOS MS-DOS], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS/2 OS/2], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows Windows] (3.1 through Server 2008, Windows 7), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X OS X].  In his time as a web designer he would attain professional level [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoshop Photoshop] skills.  During his time in college and subsequent employment Matt would go on to learn skills in programming languages, markup languages, and frameworks such as: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IA-32 x86/IA-32 Assembly], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Server_Pages ASP], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASP.NET ASP.Net] 1.1 - 4.0, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%2B%2B C++], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_Sharp C#], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascading_Style_Sheets CSS], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML HTML], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_programming_language Java], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javascript JavaScript], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisp_programming_language Lisp], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASP.NET_MVC_Framework MVC.Net], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocaml OCaml], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opengl OpenGL], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php PHP], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language Ruby], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_On_Rails Ruby on Rails], [http://www.sitecore.net/ Sitecore CMS] as a Sitecore MVP, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sql SQL] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSSQL MSSQL] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysql MySQL]), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vbscript Visual Basic Script] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xml XML].
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From middle school through highschool Matt would take 6 years of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_language Spanish], which still proved insufficient to get around [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Los_Angeles%2C_California certain areas] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles%2C_California Los Angeles].  Matt would later take 3 years of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_language Japanese] in college, overwriting [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_center parts of the brain] previously devoted learning [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_language Spanish].  Compounding the mix-up of languages, Matt started learning [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrikaans Afrikaans] in 2010 because ''hy wil in 'n ander taal kak praat''.
 

Latest revision as of 22:08, 20 June 2016

Matt Hovany pictured in December 2007 using Silver Emulsion Daguerreotype photography.

Matthew Hovany (1981 - ) is an American-born computer programmer narrowly regarded as the greatest programmer of the 21st century.

Contents

Biography

Early Years

Little is known about Matt Hovany's earlier years. Records reveal that he grew up in a North Suburb of Chicago, Illinois. At age 6, Matt was introduced to the Commodore 64 by his father, beginning a lifetime of anti-social technology related interests.

College Years

Matt Hovany matriculated at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the late 20th Century. Matt majored in Computer Engineering in the University's College of Engineering. In the winter of his senior year he traveled to Los Angeles, California and discovered a land without snow.

Post College

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Matt returned back to Chicago where he was hired full time by a leading web design company. This position had given him experience with web application programming, web server administration, network administration, and graphic design. In 2004 Matt had moved to Los Angeles. Eventually Matt would be hired by one of the largest produce distributors in Southern California as a server administrator for their Linux based ERP server. During the following 2 years Matt would pursue freelance programming work. In 2006, one of these freelance clients would offer Matt a full time position as a software developer in Santa Monica. Matt specialized in a Content Management System called Sitecore. In 2009, Matt was recognized in the Sitecore MVP program, one of 13 developers worldwide that year. In 2011, Matt received the Sitecore MVP again for his contributions. Sitecore would invite Matt to speak at the 2010 Sitecore Dreamcore Conference, the 2011 Sitecore Dreamcore Conference, and the 2012 Sitecore Symposium Conference.

Untimely Death

(Article Pending Research)

Skills

Computers

Starting at age 6, Matt Hovany would acquire many computer skills during the days spent not playing baseball, not camping, and not attending extra curricular clubs. Matt would acquire skills in MS-DOS, OS/2, Windows (3.1 through Server 2008, Windows 7), Linux, and OS X. In his time as a web designer he would attain professional level Photoshop skills. During his time in college and subsequent employment Matt would go on to learn skills in programming languages, markup languages, and frameworks such as: x86/IA-32 Assembly, ASP, ASP.Net 1.1 - 4.0, C++, C#, CSS, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Lisp, MVC.Net, OCaml, OpenGL, PHP, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Sitecore CMS as a Sitecore MVP, SQL (MSSQL and MySQL), Visual Basic Script and XML.

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