My name is Tess Snider. I discovered a great joy for programming when I was a child, and I've been doing it ever since.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. I have worked in aerospace, telecom, defense, e-commerce, and game development.

Today, I am one of the two partners behind Hidden Achievement, a small, independent game development company based in Austin, TX. We do both original development and contracting for other game studios. In our capacity as contractors, we have worked on titles like Card Hunter, and The Banner Saga.

I do a bit of everything. In the immortal words of Heinlein: Specialization is for insects.

The purpose of this blog is to share the little things I've learned, over many years of programming. I'm not necessarily going to agree with all the programming wisdom you've read everywhere else, because I have my own experiences to draw from. If we come to different conclusions, that's OK. One of the things that makes programming interesting is that every problem has many answers.