Tech Talent

Meet Web Developer Audora Chalker

By April 12, 2018 No Comments

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a web developer and recovering historian from the rural CSRA. I care a lot about what the liberal arts can bring to tech and broader definitions of diversity. When not making websites beautiful you can catch me on Twitter, chasing the perfect cup of coffee or the next cool indie band.

What are your best technical or creative skills?

I’d say empathy – it’s not thought of as a traditional technical skill, but it is essential at every stage and level of work. You have to constantly put yourself in the shoes of clients, users, and your fellow team members.

Why the interest in the technology field?

I’m a true child of the 90s in that I have interacted with computers most of my life – so, when I was considering changing careers I tried to find something at the intersection of what I enjoyed doing in my free time and what was marketable. Programming ended up offering several other fulfilling activities fit with the type pf person I am, such as problem-solving and continuous learning.

How do you stay informed on emerging trends?

I love conferences, but I don’t get to them as often as I’d like, so the vast majority of the time I find about about new things via Twitter and podcasts.

What’s next on your list to learn?

The ecosystem surrounding React, the JavaScript library Facebook uses, is extremely exciting at the moment. A lot of tech that was originally created to be used with React (like GraphQL – a query language) is changing the game, in addition to React itself, so there is plenty to be excited about and learn in the near future.