Can you tell us a little about yourself?
What are your best technical or creative skills?
I think that the best skill that I bring to the table is an obsession with overcoming technical challenges. In the military sometimes I was told to do stuff that I had no idea how to do and didn’t have Google, or Stack Overflow to help. But it needed to get done. I try and bring that drive forward in my civilian life. I am definitely not saying that I don’t ask for help. I feel like at work I ask questions to a point of annoyance. (What is an N-ary tree? How would you make this responsive? Do we really care that much about BEM?). This constant questioning leads to documentation, which I have found raises the standard, pushing systems improvement.
Why the interest in the technology field?
I’m interested in technology for a couple reasons that I can think of. More recently, my interest in tech developed in the Navy. My team was asked to solve technical problems and I felt an overwhelming sense of personal duty to solve those challenges.
How do you stay informed on emerging trends?
I listen to Podcasts: Front End Happy Hour, Syntax FM, Code Newbie. I follow as many great JS engineers, organizations, and tech groups as I can on Twitter. On Youtube I have been working on watching as many Java Script Conference (JSConf), Fun Fun Function, and Uncle Bob Martin videos as I can. I’m a huge proponent of Slack, the Vets Who Code, and the Clubhouse Slack channels have great discussions about front end tools, and challenges facing knowledge workers.
A huge resource in Augusta are all of the meetups. I personally organize one called the Augusta Developer where a group of developers Meet up monthly to talk about developer issues and projects. Obviously, I also follow on Twitter, email, and Facebook Tech Talk Augusta for all my local tech news.
What’s next on your list to learn?
What questions should we have asked, but didn’t?
A question I would ask myself is, why is it important to be involved in a community of professionals, and how does one get involved?
Knowledge based careers all have high rates of impostor syndrome. In my opinion it is important that passions for curiosity and intelligence are paramount for advancement of a tech based economy. It is my belief that knowledge workers need to come together and form communities. It is from communities of support that innovation springs. My advice is to find meetups in the area, follow thought leaders on social media, and generally push your tools to their breaking points.