About Jamie Doris
Jamie Doris is a web designer, application developer and occasional musician located in western Connecticut. He has been working in the IT and Web business since 1996. He got his professional start working the computer lab help desk at New School University in New York City (formerly New School for Social Research), where he studied music performance with a focus on jazz. After a few exciting summers as a house painter, Jamie became a desktop support tech for an engineering firm in the defense industry.
While he enjoyed the glamour and glory of bringing dead PCs back to life in the corporate environment, his creative inclinations were not being satisfied and the lure of loftier pursuits was irresistible. Before finishing college, Jamie took a part time job working as webmaster for a small stationery publisher in Manhattan. There he got his hands dirty learning server side scripting, in the form of PERL and Cold Fusion, as well as being introduced to the basics of database design and development. Around this time, he began doing freelance web design and development on the side.
In 2000, Jamie joined the staff at FORTUNE.com, where FORTUNE magazine makes its home on the Internet. Here he honed his PERL and database skills, and was introduced to Vignette Story Server, under the pressure of 30 million plus page views per month. A major overhaul there led him to San Diego, California for a week of "boot camp" to learn a content management product called Interwoven Teamsite, which relied heavily on PERL, and also gave him his first hard look at XML.
September Eleventh and the weakened job market in New York helped convince Jamie to flee the city and return to the peace and quiet of Connecticut, where he has lived with his wife, Meagan, and worked as a freelance consultant and developer since 2003. His current area of expertise is in the area of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP). He is still known to be spotted playing the occasional jazz or bluegrass gig on his chosen instrument, the string bass. He also teaches music to a select few students each week.