I'm a Boston-based Java developer who loves clean code as much as clean design.
My name is Jason Howes and I hail from a tiny town in northern Maine called Millinocket. My passion for computers stems from my early childhood typing Basic programs into my trusty Commodore 64 and communicating with various enthusiasts over a BBC or two. I pursued both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science at Cornell University and over the years I've been involved in the development and evolution of highly scalable, performant, and available distributed systems. I'm most at home programing in Java, as it's been my go-to language for over 20 years, but I've also worked on several large projects in C++ and .NET. In my spare time I like to listen to music, run, hike, read, and flirt with the speed limit in my classic Porsche. My various jobs have taken me to both coasts and to our heartland, but I now call Boston my home.
Extensive experience designing concise, well documented, and easily maintainable APIs, both for comercial and internal consumption.
Over 15 years building and working with distributed, highly scalable, fault tolerant systems.
I've been developing in Java for over 20 years and have worked on some fairly large C++ and .NET projects in the past.
Familiar with Casandra, Hadoop, Apache Ignite, and and contributed to the Oracle Coherence Data Fabric product.
I work with Git, Gradle, GitHub, BitBucket, JIRA, TeamCity, and IntelliJ on a daily basis.