Codemastershawn.com was established in September of 2002 as the
professional presence for Shawn South on the Web.
This site will always contain my most current and up-to-date
resume as well as examples and samples
of my work and school projects.
This site is primarily powered at the back-end by PHP and MySQL, although other
technologies will make an appearance as required and desired.
effect of this site - as is a browser that supports Cascading Style
Sheets. As a rule, I highly recommend that you not disable
functionality provided by scripting there are many other, less
version of WebBlinds from Stardock.)
Codemastershawn.com is designed for the current crop of web
browsers and has been tested with the following products:
If you have comments or
suggestions about this site, please feel free to drop me an e-mail.
Ten years ago Shawn
began his professional career as a Junior Programmer for a
local company, providing independent pharmacies with customer management
and prescription billing systems. When not at work Shawn bolstered
his Visual Basic skills with classes at the local Community College,
continued his hobby of freelance desktop publishing and design
and worked on his second sofware application: The CD-ROM Photo Album
Kit, an authoring system for making user-friendly CD Photo Albums.
With independent pharmacies closing down and being sold
to large chains, Shawn moved on to the arena of computer game development.
Landing a position at the creative childrens' game studio Humongous
Entertainment (now Infogrames Kids), he added sound, video and animation work to his growing
portfolio of expertise. Shawn can be found in the credits for such
- Blue's Clues: Blue's Birthday Adventure,
- Blue's Clues: Blue's 123 Time Activities,
- Blue's Clues: Blue's Treasure Hunt,
- Pajama Sam: You Are What You Eat, From Your Head To Your Feet,
- Blue's Clues: Blue's Reading Time Activities, and
- Blue's Clues: Blue's Art Time Activities.
While at Humongous Entertainment, Shawn started
moving in the direction of systems and utility programming by working
on tools and utilities that were used in the development of game
titles. He took ownership of the in-house sound effects browser,
wrote various tutorials, tips and macros for the integrated development
and was an active member of the company's coding standards group.
As the dot-com landscape started to crumble, and shortly
after Humongous Entertainment was gobbled up by a global media giant,
Shawn was one of fifteen who were let go in a finacial effort to boost
the bottom line for stock holders before the end of the fiscal year.
Within a week, Shawn had found a new home at Isomedia as a
programmer/consultant. Here he added expertise in various
server-side (ASP, PHP, Cold Fusion) and server (IIS, Apache) technologies
to his toolkit as well as enhancing
his already considerable Visual Basic skills. After a year Isomedia,
too, had to release him as the client growth he was hired to meet
never managed to materialize.
A month later Shawn was placed in a contract position as
an expert in Linux, MySQL and Apache for a young company who had just
acquired an existing set of customer database and web servers. Here
Shawn further solidified his Linux, server, Perl and PHP experience while
adding DNS, RAID, VPNs, Firewalls, wireless communicatins and data
centers to the mix. Being a small company, he also provided input into
marketing, visual design and TV commercials.
But it was not to last. In the Spring of 2002 the
floundering economy finally caught up with Shawn and his contract was
cancelled due to lack of funds. After three months of searching, with
no real leads, Shawn eventually decided to take advantage of the
downtime and return to school to obtain his Microsoft
Certified Professional certification and an Associates
Degree in Internet Application Development.
MCP now firmly in hand,
Shawn is currently in his degree program, where he is studying Java,
schoolwork, Shawn is also studying for
the newly available Security+ certification, continues to dabble
in game development, manages a home network of six computers
and mentors fellow students.