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OpenShift Developer Spotlight: Michael Minter
  • Name: Michael Minter
  • Hometown: Austin, TX
  • Twitter: @mothore

Learn more about Captive Inverts in our Application Gallery

What is your preferred Development Language?


What inspired you to be a developer?

I was inspired to learn how software works by being introduced to the internet in the 90s. Thinking on that I don’t know how I got so far with about every web page in production looking like it was each “webmaster’s” first crack at learning HTML.

What programming language did you learn first?

I purged myself of any operating system not Linux. My first install was Red Hat. I taught myself HTML and then CSS, PHP, and SQL.

What tools do you use the most often for development? (Operating system, IDE, etc)

I switch between machines that run Linux or OS X. The product suite I use the most is created by the team at Jet Brains. This champion of IDEs has been one of the best tools in my arsenal. Though there is a slight learning curve, like any extensive tool, the benefits are exemplary.

What is your favorite development stack?

Most of my development for work or otherwise is done with Ruby. I prefer the Ruby on Rails framework, on a Linux server, connected to a Postgres database.

Why did you choose OpenShift as your hosting platform?

Ease of use

What advantages does OpenShift give you that other hosting platforms don't?

Some of the most important assets to launching an application online is minimizing my time and worry. With OpenShift I am granted both of these, and even more, invaluable benefits.

What are one or two things you think are missing from OpenShift that would make it better?

Would like to see more third party application plug-ins

Tell us more about your application currently hosted on openshift:
  • Name: Captive Inverts
  • What does it do? Captive breeding and selling of several species of invertebrate.
  • What technologies were used to create your app? PHP, MySQL
  • What motivated you to create this application and what problems does it solve? Passion for arachnids and being able to provide for my community.
  • What new features do you have planned for this application and will they implement any new technologies within OpenShift? There are many new features in the works for my hosted application. Much of which introduce better data consistency and faster page rendering times. I plan to use OpenShift for a long time and await their many improvements and new support for further technologies.


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