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Get to Know J. Better

J. Aller grew up in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. In High School he was the stereotypical A.V. Club guy. The A.V. Club is an American online newspaper and entertainment website featuring reviews, interviews, and other articles that examine films, music, television, books, games, and other elements of pop-culture media. He developed his first website for the township he lived in as an independent study program in 1996. The website and an article about him was published in the capital’s newspaper. It was the first of its kind for any Township in Pennsylvania.

Aside from A.V. Club and web design, he also had a passion for teaching. He attended Clearwater Christian College, in the Tampa Bay region, dual majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education. The original plan was to become a teacher, although his dislike for the public school system in Florida pushed him away from that career path and back into the tech industry.

With over 25 years of experience at various companies as in-house developer, J. joined the Matchbox engineering team in October of 2022 as a Full-Stack Developer. In this role, he is able to jump into any aspect of a development project to lend a hand. His experience as an Elementary Education major granted him the ability to explain complicated processes and teach other developers new tricks.

“My favorite thing about the Matchbox family is how well we all get along and work as a team. I felt like one of the gang from the first week I started. Everyone on the engineering team loves to help each other and is never afraid to ask for help. This is a totally different environment and dynamic than any other company I’ve previously worked at. I can confidently say that I’ve found my ‘forever job!'”

– J. Aller
J Aller posing with his two dachshunds with Christmas decorations in the background
J Aller posing with his partner
J Aller posing in front of a boy scouts canoe with his name on it

five Questions with J. Aller.

  1. Describe yourself in 3 words

    I fix stuff.

  2. What do you do in your spare time?

    I enjoy designing objects to create with my 3D printers and watching terrible horror movies with my partner.

  3. Do you have any special talents?

    I can wiggle my ears?

  4. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

    London 2012 Olympics

  5. What's something awesome about you that no one else knows?

    I earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age15.