I was born in Berlin, Germany and moved to the United States in 2000. I am currently living in Fresno, California.
I started programming with the young age of 13 on a Commodore 128D, but do not consider myself a "programmer" or "coder" although I also did and do professional development for my company.
I learned to different extends a number of programming languages, mostly for the PC, but also proprietary languages for applications on a mainframe that ran under the Siemens BS2000 operating system, ABAP/4, a script language used for SAP (I developed ABAPs on SAP R2 and R3) and PPL, the script language for the PC Board BBS Software by Clark Development. I learned Cobol 85 and Turbo Pascal in school and did educate myself about Foxpro and Visual Basic.
Professionally did I only a program in classic ASP and a little bit in Visual Basic 6. I added T-SQL for SQL Server 7.0, then SQL Server 2000 and now SQL Server 2005 to the mix in 1999.
I never programmed just for the sake of it, like "real coders" or oldschool "Geeks" (I used to be active in the so called "Demoscene", but as artist and organizer and not as coder. If you know about the Demoscene, you will know what I mean). I do programming for much more practical reasons, but got over time pretty good at it, if I can trust the opinions of my colleagues, customers and friends :).
To learn more about me and what I do, visit my professional "About me" page at http://www.cumbrowski.com/CarstenC/default.asp
I am "infamous" for collecting stuff, especially information and resources, which caused me to put a lot of them online for the general public :). You might find some of them useful.
Web Development Resources Main Page
Database Development Resources (99% focus on Microsoft SQL Server)