Paul F. Johnson has been writing about software since the days of the old 8-bit micros in the 1980s, with his first piece on software being published in 1984 for BBC Micro. From there, his passion to learn and develop increased, along with his love for chemistry. For many years, he married the two at the University of Salford, culminating in commercial work for RiscStation Ltd. as well as working on the award winning Scribus desktop publishing application.
For many years, he contributed a great amount of time to the Fedora Project (a community-based Linux distribution sponsored by RedHat) and, in 2002, he started becoming interested in the Mono project from Ximian. That was the beginning of the end of his time in the field of education and, over the next 10 years, he learned how to code in VB.NET. and C#. Ximian was sold to Novell, which was in turn bought out, and from that, Xamarin was born. The rest is history.
With the advent of a workable .NET system that can be used in a non-Windows environment, the stage was set for the hard work to begin. When Xamarin released monodroid, he could see that his years of learning could now be turned into a profit.He started developing code full-time for the platform. Shortly afterwards, he began working on iOS devices as well.
At the start of 2013 he, along with Andrei and his good friend Scott, formed Sporkish, the objective being to produce unbeatable software for the mobile world.
This is his first foray into the world of books, though he has had many articles published in the Overload and C Vu journals of Association of C and C++ Users (he edited the latter for over a year). He is currently developing mobile applications for Farmtrack Pty (Australia) and HelloU (London, UK), and is in discussions with Packt Publishing on the publication of another book, this time on AI and Expert Systems.
Paul is 42, lives with his wife, dog, cats, and son, and drinks way too much coffee!