My name is Mike Thezier (pronounced: tee-zee-ey) - my last name looks nothing like it sounds. I was born and raised in California and my life has taken me to places all over the world. I really enjoy experiencing different cultures and places. My wife, Janna, is incredible and she just simply makes me better. We have three amazing children. I love the outdoors. If there’s any environment I prefer to be in, it would be anyplace with lots of trees, mountains, and hills. Janna and I have a love for traveling (both to new and familiar places) that we are excited to foster in our kids as they grow up. And I am a big coffee drinker (my wife is a coffee roaster, so I’m pretty spoiled).
My journey in coding started with a simple Metallica fan site I made in High School using HTML. Not realizing how useful that random experience would become, I would later find myself revamping a website for a non-profit (Global Family Care Network), designing one for my church, my own business and other business as well. Over the past few years, I have been working to grow in these skills and learn new ones. I have always enjoyed the challenge in coding and the reward of seeing a project come to life and be useful.
I always enjoy learning new things. The world of development is constantly changing and it's exciting to grow and work towards new goals. Here are some things I'm currently working on:
A website for a local church utilizing WordPress.org for the purpose of staff being able to make blog posts, add to or modify page content, etc. I built the original version of this website in 2011 and have been managing and modifying it since. The church needed a way to make a lot of content available to the people who attend and those who might be curious about the church or be in need of various educational resources.
For this particular site, I wanted to make the menu itself useful in guiding users through the site by providing infomation in the menu itself (on desktop view).
Since I built this site originally based off of a WordPress template many years ago and have just added to and edited it over the years, I'm in the process of building a custom WordPress theme to clean up all the code and make the site easier to use for the users who add and edit content on it regularly.
This travel application displays a collection of user editable, user add-able travel locations. The user can add travel locations with an image, url, location, tags and more to a board. A pop form allows the user to input this information. This was my first time using React with Espress.js and creating both the client and server side of the app. I also used DataStax to create a database using JSON format in Cassandra.