The short story of Andrew Siemer

If you were interested in the story of me...here it is!

Out of my parents house and into Uncle Sam's

Towards the end of my senior year I realized that I hadn't really planned my future. I did well enough in school that my senior year was largely comprised of shop classes. I basically finished a year ahead of schedule and needed something to do that year! When I graduated I signed up for the Army. I soon realized that a recruiters role was to fill slots rather than tell you whats what. I found myself with really high test scores but signed up as 11x...an unassigned infantryman. Fortunately I had an airborne option tagged on. Once I completed basic training and AIT I was shipped off to jump school. This was a pretty easy 3 weeks of learning how to do a perfect parachute landing fall (PLF) - which I never managed to achieve in an actual jump! Go figure. Once I graduated from jump school the Ranger cadre came to recruit. I raised my hand. Off to the ranger indoctrination program (RIP) I was shipped. This sucked...but I found that I really enjoyed the suck. STILL DO! After graduating RIP I was shipped off to 2nd Ranger Battalion where I lived for a few years. What a fun time! More on this on another page...

Whats after the Army? : Computer Consulting

From small town to big city and back

From fat to fit : Mud Runner

I write books!
I like most started writing with my first blog. This quickly turned into paid articles. And from there I was invited to write a book about all the stuff I had written about in my blogs and articles. Here are the three books I have written so far:

ASP.NET MVC 2 Cookbook

A month or two after starting my first book this new framework from Microsoft came out - ASP.NET MVC. As I had already started writing my book, contract in hand, I had to complete it using the MVP pattern in ASP.NET. But I loved the concept of simplicity of MVC and followed as closely as I could. When my first book was done I started seeking another book gig and got the opportunity to write a cookbook with Packt Publishing. This book was great fun to write. I think I might do another one of these!


ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking

My first book was around ASP.NET 3.5 and the notion of social networking. More important these were my thoughts on how to build a social application. A lot has changed since these early days!


ASP.NET 4 Social Networking

This is the rewrite of my first book. I didn't have nearly as much to do with this book as I did my first project. A couple fella's from the book company did the majority of the work and showed me what they did when they were done. Read the comments on this one! :)