Doug Ross - Auto Bio

I live in Charlottesville Virginia, where it's -18°C.

I've been around the Sun 51.325 times.

I like writing code...

The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. - Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

In 1996 I got an A.A.S. in Electronics from PVCC.

I worked as a technician for Isotemp Research, troubleshooting high-stability crystal oscillators.

In 2002, I got a B.S. in Computer Science from the Engineering Department at the University of Virginia.

I learned about JavaScript, XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets while working for the CS Webteam on a UNIX server via the Bash shell. I discovered server-side scripting in PHP and Perl and began to explore MySQL database applications.

I did some work for the City of Hampton and picked up skills in ASP and SQL Server.

After that, I took a job with the UVA Psychology Department, working on Project Implicit, using Java and XML.

I started an Internet programming and consulting business called ASCII Rose and was hired by Fresh Brewed Media to build eCommerce websites with .NET.

For a few years I ran The original site was created in the 90's by a UVA Philosophy student, in static HTML. I took over the project in 2003 and rebuilt everything with PHP and a MySQL Database. In 2006 it was voted "Best Local Website" by readers of the C-Ville Weekly.

These days I work with a fantastic team at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

Projects for Fun


A compendium of the origins of voice samples found in popular music. Built with HTML 4.01 Strict, CSS, JavaScript and PHP. No database! Statistics and menus are generated by parsing the constituent HTML files.

Webkinz Recipes

Webkinz Recipe Database

HTML 4.01 Strict, CSS, JavaScript/AJAX, PHP and a MySQL Database.

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