Official Bio:

Eliza Brock is a software engineer and business owner in Nashville, TN.

She has a background in software engineering with a focus on web applications and engineering management. She holds a bachelors degree in Software Engineering and Computer Science with a domain track in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Eliza has been, among other things: the sole developer of a mobile device service infrastructure and payment system, lead developer for a fashion ecommerce startup, and the sole technologist for several Tennessee startups.

She started her consultancy, Eliza Brock Software in 2010, eventually growing it to 6 full-time developers, all specializing in web application development.

In 2014, Eliza scaled back her consultancy to focus on her teaching at Nashville Software School, where (since 2012) she has helped train over 150 new software developers in Nashville.

Less Official Bio:

I'm a software engineer, with experience in many areas. I've worked with all sorts of companies and technologies, but my focus in recent years has been on Ruby on Rails, startups and education.

I play well with others (see image to right) and I love meeting and working with new people. Nothing gives me more pleasure than learning something new from someone new.

If you're interested, I've prepared a whimsical little list of my life skills below, because the little tidbits are what make up a whole person!


Unexpected Skills:

  • Book Editing
  • Alum Beggar
  • Teaching Assistant
  • First Aid
  • Cooking
    (I will cook you a kick-ass dinner for time & materials)
  • Butchering, Baking, Candlestick making
    (I'm best at baking)

Books I've Helped With:

Captain of the Kitchenette:


Top 5 Fears:

  1. Falling off of ladders
  2. Stingrays
  3. Micromanagment
  4. Cave Crickets
  5. Suddenly having my power cord jerked out

Fear #4

When startled, cave crickets can jump up-to 6 feet straight in the the air. I'm 5'8.


Professional Skills:

  • Ruby on Rails is my specialty
  • I'm a big fan of Lisp, Scheme and Haskell
  • I use vim but I'm not unyielding about it
  • I've programmed professionally in a lot of languages.
  • I love to negotiate (see below).
I cut my teeth negotiating against the tooth fairy.
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Javascript
  • Project Management
  • Lisp
  • Agile
  • User Experience
  • Pair Programming
  • Rspec
  • Cucumber
  • Continuous Integration
  • Teaching
  • XSLT
  • XML
  • C#
  • PHP
  • Linux
  • MySQL
  • Postgres
  • Test Driven Development
  • Design
  • Java
  • jQuery
  • Software Engineering
  • Git

Collections:

Reading

My Goodread's Bookshelf:

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers
Catching Fire
The Hunger Games
Mockingjay
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Sirens of Titan
Jane Eyre
The Little Schemer
Color Harmony for the Web: A Guidebook to Create Color Combinations for Web Site Design
Colour Image Scale
Date Him or Dump Him?
The Dumpling Cookbook
Fight Club
The Iron Dragon's Daughter
Life As We Knew It
Little House in the Big Woods
My Many Colored Days Board Book
Poison Study
Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking


Eliza Brock's favorite books ยป

Thought-Provoking Images

Whenever I encounter a good idea, I take a picture.

I now have over 400+ images that represent things I think are important, memorable and thought-provoking.

They help me think.