New Port Richey, FL (Tampa Bay Area)
I'm a self-taught developer living in the Tampa Bay area who has mainly spent his career as the one-man "IT Guy" so I have a broader knowledge of business and software than the average developer.
I use C# and dabble in Ruby on Rails. I've spent a lot of time reading and following blogs from some of the best .NET developers around to broaden my knowledge and understanding of software engineering, but the reality is that the majority of jobs around here don't know or care about "best practices" or software engineering or things like SOLID or unit testing and so much of what I read about remains theory as I don't have the opportunity to introduce these concepts in the workplace; previous attempts have been rebuffed by developers that didn't know or understand why they were good things.
My ultimate goal is to become a Systems Analyst or technical-oriented Project Manager and move into technology management (Manager/Director/VP/CIO level) where I can focus on the high-level analysis and design of software instead of low-level implementation details, as I've found that the high-level architectural planning and overall system design is my strong point compared to the "heads-down" development, where my self-taught nature often causes me to struggle with implementation problems and my desire for craftsmanship and adherence to best practices tends to cause clashes with others on the team who don't care about those things.