It occurred to me last night that I've submitted a couple of patches via the
bug tracker and posted a couple of messages to the list, but never properly
introduced myself. So let me do that here.
My name is Daren Beattie. I'm a software developer working for Utah's
student loan servicing agency, and a weekend clarinetist in the local
I was a band geek in high school, participating in every music class I could
fit into my schedule: marching band, concert band, jazz band, percussion
ensemble, AP music theory, and ditching whatever class I had to play with
the orchestra when they were rehearsing for the school musical. I also
stayed after school on Tuesdays to play with the district orchestra (which,
incidentally, is where I met my wife, who was a very good clarinetist from
another high school in the district).
After high school, I did a short stint with the University of Utah marching
band, and took a few music classes while I was at it. Then I took a
year-long break for religious service, after which I joined the U.S. Army as
a clarinetist. I stayed on for two terms (7 1/2 years in total), playing in
bands in Arizona, Korea, and Oklahoma. I was in Korea in 1998 when I first
discovered Linux, and I played with it off and on for a few years before
adopting it as my OS of choice in 2003.
Having become disenchanted with Army life (and pay), I went back to school
to gear up for a more lucrative career. Following a year at the University
of Utah taking business classes, I changed schools and majors and got a BS
in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in
2007. I discovered during that time that I love programming, with C++ being
my language of preference and Qt being my favorite GUI toolkit.
Most of my programming career has been at my current job, where we have a
considerable codebase in VBA (ugh!) and some large projects in VB.NET, but
all new development as of two years ago is done in C#. I've come to
appreciate C# as a language and .NET as a platform (for the most part), but
I really look forward to spending what time I can at home (maybe an hour or
two per week) working on something more fulfilling. Rosegarden has given me
a good outlet for that ever since I found a need to use it (transposing
clarinet parts) and a reason to hack on it (getting cleaner LilyPond
So that's where I'm coming from. My focus right now is working out my
personal wish-list items regarding the LilyPond export. If I get to a good
state with that, I'm happy to look at other people's wish lists.
From: D. Michael McIntyre <michael.mcintyre@ro...> - 2011-07-09 20:12:01
On Saturday, July 09, 2011, Daren Beattie wrote:
> My name is Daren Beattie. I'm a software developer working for Utah's
> student loan servicing agency, and a weekend clarinetist in the local
> community orchestra.
I think that's the most pleasant introduction in the history of Rosegarden!
D. Michael McIntyre