I love the web

I've spent over half of my life working and creating in this crazy, networked world and I'm always finding new things to get excited about.

About Brian

Web Developer, Father, Genealogy Addict, Gamer, Heavy Metal Fan

My name is Brian Zalewski (zuh-loo-ski). I am a software engineer mostly doing web and front-end development in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I strive to use the the latest technologies to build my websites, when possible. I work a lot with languages like jQuery, PHP and scripts/platforms based off of these (Backbone, Underscore, Code Igniter, and Wordpress.) I have recently been doing more work with responsive design which allows users to get the best viewing experience no matter what device they want to use.

More

Besides web development, there are other things in my life that I really enjoy doing.

In 2010, my life changed completely, for the better, when my daughter was born. My perspectives on a lot of things changed. Then, in December 2012, my son was born. It's been a challenge, a blessing, stressful, amazing, and many other things, and I wouldn't change a thing.

In 1999, partially inspired by a news article and partially inspired by the death of my grandfather, I took a dive into the huge, deep ocean known as family history and genealogy. I have yet to surface and I doubt I ever will. It's been an exciting and humbling journey that has taught me a lot about who I am and where I came from. I hope to pass on the knowledge and wisdom to my children. A lot of the sites I dabble with are genealogy-related as there is so much there to work with.

I've been video gaming since I was a wee lad. My parents had a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A that I remember playing Space Invaders on. Once my brother bought the Nintendo Entertainment System, all bets were off. I get less time to play now that I have two young children, but I still find time and I still really enjoy it, though my game interests have changed. Years ago, my wife and I started a blog that is mostly about video gaming, though since the kids were born she hasn't had a lot of time to play.

I've also been a fan of most heavy metal and hard rock music since I stole borrowed my older brother's Metallica "Master of Puppets" cassette tape. I do also enjoy a lot of other music from a lot of other genres, but heavy metal still does that thing to me that your favorite music does to you.

I am also really interested in ideas like big data, gamification, and, for some reason, logistics. Some other things I like, in no particular order: the Green Bay Packers, history, documentaries, movies (mainly comedy), Doctor Who, and space.

This site was built using a collection of scripts by Jaxlob along with some tweaking by myself.

Sites

The sites I created or worked on, and how I did it

Zalewski Family Genealogy

My main genealogy blog where I write about not only my research but all things family history related.

Built with: Wordpress, jQuery, Genesis Framework

Darcy & Brian (Tales From the Nursery)

A site originally built for us to update our family on ourselves, but has evolved into a blog about parenting related topics written by my wife.

Built with: Wordpress, Colorlabs Theme

Sideshow & Syrana

A blog my wife and I started years ago mainly about video gaming.

Built with: Wordpress, jQuery, Genesis Framework

The Zalewski Project

My goal on this genealogy-related site is to collect data and records related to the Zalewski surname and present them in an easy-to-use fashion.

Built with: MySQL, PHP.

Currently building new site with: jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, REST API

Other sites

JRN Weather Sites

My role was mostly the "under-the-hood" scripting and server-side coding. The design and UI was built by another team. We handled the dynamic weather data processing and all of the logic and processing that runs on the server before the page loads. Sites also use a responsive design that changes depending on the device.

Built with: jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, Masonry, jCarousel, REST API

JRN Home Pages

My role again was mostly the "under-the-hood" scripting and server-side coding. The design and UI was built by another team. We handled all of the logic and processing that runs on the server before the page loads, along with a lot of the JavaScript/JSON implementation. Sites also use a responsive design that changes depending on the device.

Built with: jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, Masonry, REST API

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