William Smith has been writing software since 1988 when his parents asked him to make a choice between a school sponsored trip to Europe (which his older sister was enjoying at the time), or a computer. Although accused of being short sighted, William chose the computer and he firmly believes he got the better deal. He began writing software on the Tandy 1000 SL/2 using Turbo C++, and he has been hooked on the technology ever since.
William began his professional career in the environmental field eight years later with degrees in Environmental Science and Business Administration. While working in this field full-time he founded his first business focused on installing and managing small commercial networks and web sites. In this role he saw a need for specialized network analysis tools, so he learned VB.NET and wrote simple console applications for his own use. From there, William continued writing applications as a hobbyist before returning to the University of Maryland for a second BSc degree in Computer Science. While still completing the Computer Science program, he was offered a position with a software development firm based in Pittsburgh, PA where he spent the next few years working with .NET and Xamarin developing iOS applications. As a result of this experience he was asked to be a technical reviewer for the book Xamarin iOS Cookbook, Dimitris Tavlikos, Packt Publishing.
William currently works for GIS Inc. in Birmingham, AL as a Geospatial Developer specializing in native mobile application development. He also owns Websmiths, LLC (http://www.websmithsllc.com), a consulting firm concentrating in cross-platform mobile application development using Xamarin Studio.
William lives in wild and wonderful West Virginia with his beautiful wife and four sons. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his family, and he still hasn’t been to Europe.