Senior Software Engineer at Trimble Navigation. Former .Net Consultant. I've been programming professionally for 4+ years, mostly on C#, web-based stuff and dabble with Java and Python. I've also worked with the web framework Symfony 2 (it actually makes coding in PHP tolerable).
I used to enjoy motorcycling. Nowadays, my spare time is on fitness, music and sometimes blogging about videogames on playandconquer.com.
If you can afford it, I would suggest you enrol yourself at http://www.pluralsight.com/training. There's a tonne of great videos out there by some awesome developers (including SO's favorite) and it's always more fun to watch a training video than starting off with a book.