Joe Pool to Code .NET

A brief history of Joe Pool
(for those wondering!)


Hello! I am Joe Pool, and I thoroughly enjoy writing programs in C#! I'd like to take a minute to tell you who I am, and what I am all about.

Years ago after graduating high school in Henderson, I enlisted with the United States Marine Corps where I was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of Basic Metal Worker (MOS 1316). There I became very good at welding, and I learned arc (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene cutting and welding, MIG (GMAW on mild steel and aluminum) and TIG (GTAW on mild steel, aluminum, and stainless) welding. I developed a love for fabricating new designs that has lasted me to this day, but could not see myself breathing welding fumes until I reached age of 65.

After my Honorable Discharge in 1992, I used my G.I. Bill to study physics because I was interested in learning the causes of both gravity and magnetism. I first enrolled at Kilgore College and later transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington. I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in physics in 1996, but found graduate school disappointing when the courses dug further into the same concepts I had learned as an undergraduate. More complex mathematics was involved, but I was not grasping a better understanding. I lost interest, and left the academic life.

My first job held the title of Electrical Engineer. The position turned out to be nothing more than a technician's job using AutoCAD and cutting wires to length; however, it was where I met my first Software Engineers and learned that computer programming was much more than the mindless accounting exercises I was given as lessons in school.

For my next job, I used the love of computers I developed from the Commodore 64 I played with as a child and the knowledge I gained from two C/C++ computer programming electives at UTA to find work as a programmer.

The recession following ENRON in 2001 left me working at a remedial job for a little over two years while I brushed up on my skills at a local community college in SQL and first learned what the new .NET Framework was all about.

I have had the pleasure of working as a Software Developer since 2003.

Shortly after returning to East Texas, Kathleen and I were married.

Today, we have one little boy who loves action (swords, guns, knives, etc.). He is a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time.

My wife and I, at our family function on Christmas Day, 2011. Christmas 2011

For a short while, I pulled in a little extra income by running a moonlighting business under the name Joe's Welding. Dangerous working conditions and non-paying customers prompted me to sell my mobile welding equipment about the time my son was born.

Today, I my main employment comes from Software Development in C# for SQL access with PCs and Mobile Devices at Aaon, Inc., in their Longview, TX facility.

Where I am not known by my code, I am known by my motorcycle: I am one of the few riders who loves the Harley-Davidson XR1200. Pictures of my modified XR are posted on websites around the world, and I go by the screen name JoeP on the XR1200 Owner's Group.