Now that we’ve renovated our office, you’re no longer in a cube and we can actually SEE you. More than ever we need to know, what the #&@$ do you do?!?!
The office renovation was AWESOME. I was in on the weekend before everyone moved in to help out a bit and it’s amazing that it all came together. The whole team of people involved is AWESOME: kudos.
Now for the “what would you say you do here:” I take requirements from the Product team, Ops team, other developers and bring the concepts to code. I’m also involved in coming up with the concepts and how they would actually work in our environment: we have a lot of moving pieces as everyone knows. Being a Tech Lead brings me together with Business, Marketing, Product, and Client teams. I try to learn from everyone.
That’s what you call diversity! For those not-so-tech-savvy, what’s an “environment?”
An environment is just that, though in this context it is the environment of hardware and software, and how they are networked together and interact.
Can you please walk us through a recent project you brought from concept to code to what we see live today?
Last year, I moved our data warehouse into a columnar db. What this means is all data which drive our Analytics and Accounting interfaces run faster. Over the past year, I’ve also been working to move all business logic — which in the context of computers is the same as in how people conduct business on paper and in person, i.e. a UPC cannot be assigned to more than one release — to a central place: our API. Those changes are hard to see from a user’s perspective… I also worked with Paulo in bringing our Analytics graphs to life.
In other news, we hear you’re our resident ‘outdoors/adventure guy.’ What’s the most extravagant tale you’ve lived to tell?
I am writing this right now on my way to Vermont, my home away from home. Snowboarding is my favorite thing in the world, followed by skateboarding, surfing and rock climbing. Just being outdoors makes me happy; seeing the outdoors from 15,000 feet is insanely awesome. I did my first solo skydive last year and am looking forward to doing more. So far Ackim and Artur have come skydiving with me… Who’s next?
Before anyone replies with a “Me! Me!,” shall we perhaps spread a word of caution? Our infallible sources tell us your girlfriend broke her leg last time she jumped…
My girlfriend did break her leg while skydiving. However, I broke my leg when I was 12 jumping off a 3 foot ledge; other people have broken their ankles just walking: life is dangerous!
Very true, very true. Well, we now not only know what the #&@$ you do, but also who to turn to when in need of some adrenaline-pumping activities. Thanks, Charles! And…. stay safe!
favorite food: anything mexican
go-to karaoke song: Iron Maiden – Fear of the Dark
best kept secret about you: nice try!
random fact: I have a poem published.