Aaron and Rachelle Trank

Hi!  My name is Aaron.

I’m a software engineer most recently specializing in idiomatic cross platform React Native development at Amazon.  Previously I wrote code for NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover.  I’ve been programming since 1992 (QuickBASIC at age 10) and building websites since 1997.  I studied computer science at California State University, Northridge.  I started working as a professional software engineer in 2005.  I’ve written code that’s been deployed in JavaScript, Java, OCaml, C, C++, C#, PHP, Python, Perl, and Bash.  I’ve been a JavaScript programmer and advocate since 2007.  I support open source software.

Besides slinging code I also am a husband, father of 3, and Messianic Jew (Jew for Jesus).  If you are a Messianic Jew working in tech (programmer, designer, project manager, it specialist, entrepreneur, etc..) then join me in our slack community: http://messianic.tech

Here are some interesting random facts about me:

  • I’ve paraglided in the Himalayan mountains.
  • I married the girl of my dreams while I was still in college.  She still is the girl of my dreams.
  • I’ve lived in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Tel Aviv.
  • I’m an ordained minister.
  • I’ve run an intentional living community from a 10 bedroom Victorian house in San Francisco.
  • I have 3 kids and their names all start with the letter ‘R’.
  • I started my first business when I was 10 (Pooper Scooper – doggy cleanup).
  • I’ve given well over 200 talks in churches and conferences.
  • I started my second business when I was 15 (DNA web design).
  • I’ve driven stick shift in America, India, Israel, and South Africa.
  • I’ve written multiple published newspaper and magazine articles.
  • I started my third business when I was 24 (Code Coalition – software consultancy)
  • I do graphic design for fun.

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