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Ty Dustin

Web Developer

Hello, my name is Ty Dustin and I’m the most recent member of the Extensitech team. My experience in programming includes C++, Java, PHP, JavaScript, LUA, Python and FMP scripting. I also have a web development history and am very familiar with HTML,  CSS, WordPress, Open Cart and other web CMS solutions. As I was getting my start on the graphics end of software, I spent many years designing visual elements for the web such as layouts, icons, logos and cohesive colored themes for clients. I have over 10 years of experience with Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D design programs such as Maya, 3DS max and Zbrush. My software skill sets have helped me develop mobile and PC games as well.

In my later college years, I worked as a freelance 3D modeler for game companies and start-ups. Working with these companies to plan their road-map for publishing helped me gain an eye for what’s needed for a business to be successful and for a project to be completed. After years of this, I then made the decision to move on to programming as a career focus because I enjoy the challenges involved with solving complex business problems. Programming at its core is problem solving, it’s like a puzzle that inspires me to keep chipping away at overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way.

I joined the Extensitech team to leverage my PHP knowledge and skill set to help bring web based solutions and extensions to their already well-established business management software, as well as to assist in extending FileMaker’s reach to clients. I feel like I’m a great fit to the team at Extensitech due to their collaborative environment and my own strategies of sharing ideas. The team  can run through ideas in a matter of minutes while focusing on what can be done to accomplish tasks realistically, and they possess the follow through needed to meet deadlines. As a programmer, I love the efficiency that this brings to the table in a professional programming environment.

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Factoids about Ty Dustin

  • Ty is KAY Certified, a transformational Yoga teaching method for children ages 2-17. He uses this to teach children Yoga part time.
  • Ty loves the band Radiohead. Developer Wayne Jackson also loves this band. We're still unsure who is the bigger fan of the two. It’s a topic of conversation we prefer not to bring up too often as it results in long drawn-out conversation on their love of the band.
  • Ty’s favorite movies are Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Children of Men, Moon, Inception and anything done by Quentin Tarantino and Alfonso Cuaron.
  • Ty has been drawing since he was 10 years old and took up oil figure painting in 2007. He’s worked with live models as his favorite subject to paint are people.
  • One of Ty’s favorite hobbies is developing PC games.
  • When Ty was a kid, during one long summer, he watched the film ‘Groundhog’s Day’ every night before bed. He can still almost quote the entire film verbatim. Please don’t ask him to; he’ll do it.
  • Ty has a passion for philosophy and questions of consciousness; he found Daniel Dennett and Douglas Hofstadter in college and never looked back.
  • Ty has had a variety of jobs including a fast food worker, a bus boy, a Geek Squad Agent at Best Buy, a graphic artist for Bent Entertainment and as an Android Programmer.
  • Ty enjoys video games. The Mass Effect series have been his favorite games, though his favorite developers are Naughty Dog and Quantic Dream Studios.
  • Ty loves Yoga because of its “incredibly meditative” benefits and how it reduces stress levels. He believes that regular Yoga can alleviate the worries that people have, even if just temporary.
  • The Tesla Roadster is easily Ty's dream car. If someone were to be kind enough to give him one, he wouldn't care what color it was, after all, it is a Tesla Roadster.
  • Ty is currently learning to play guitar and will often strike up “guitar talk” with other members of the Extensitech team who also play. On that note, Chris Cain is the only team member who has never played an instrument.
  • Ty loves engineering and as a hobby, builds robotic Raspberry Pi Bots in his free time.
  • Ty has more than 10 years of experience in working with 3D design programs.
  • Ty’s style in music varies, in addition to being a big Radiohead fan, he also really likes Grizzly Bear, Beck, RJD2, The Flaming Lips and Fleet Foxes.
  • Ty enjoys building complex systems. He claims he’s often “filled with a sense of joy” to see all of the moving parts work together.
  • Ty has nearly completed his requirements to be a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor. He plans to use this to pursue his desire to teach an adult Yoga class.
  • In his free time, Ty runs an App company that's currently developing games for Android and iOS platforms.
  • Ty’s favorite read is ‘I Am A Strange Loop’ by Douglas Hofstadter and, for fiction, ‘Chronicles of Amber’ by Roger Zelany.
  • Ty loves sushi and Thai food so much that he believes his love of the food may be excessive. Should this love of sushi consume him more, the team may be forced to perform a "sushi intervention" to help curb his raw tuna addiction.
  • Ty loves cats, he once had 7 of them at one time, though that didn’t last long. Now he has just a single cat named Mowgli, after the Jungle Book character, whom he loves very much.
  • Ty is the only Extensitech team member who prefers to work on a desktop versus a laptop. He only caught a little bit of slack from the team about it.
  • Ty is a member of about 15 online groups and forums for Animators, Freelance Artists, 3D Modelers, etc. He's also in a massive network of similar artists who use the game development framework Unreal Engine 3.