Cooking Coder


I’m Chris Branch, and I’ve been a programmer since I was 7. I got better…

My day job involves prototyping and developing new algorithms for a high-performance business intelligence product. After hours, I write iOS apps, web apps, and fiddle around with more ‘academic’ programming languages. Not forgetting the usual online developer stuff: reading programming blogs and picking fights in Reddit and Hacker News comments.

I got started trying to make simple games for the Amiga and automating some housekeeping tasks – setting up libraries and ASSIGNs, boring things like that. Soon I jumped ship to Windows, making better games and more fully-featured apps for friends, family and school. A slight deviation occurred when I wrote a FreeCell clone and music composer for a little Psion organiser; after typing on that tiny keyboard, even netbooks are a luxury.

Somehow I got stuck programming in C++; chasing game development will do that to you. I’ve been doing it now for 12 years, following the new standards and even attending the odd C++ conference.

As a creature of the internet, I’m also proficient in JavaScript, CSS and HTML5. I’ve built many web sites, apps, games and screen-scraping enhancements for third-party websites. It’s been a long way since I abandoned FrontPage in 2001 and displayed a tiny image on my homepage, ‘Built with Notepad!’ I only hope my Pokemon fansite disappeared in the great purge of GeoCities.

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  1. I happened to land on your web page by googling “madagascar and functional programmers”. I am native from Madagascar (the Red Island”) and I am happy to see that my country’s name is used as a subtitle for a blog.
    Happy coding.

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