Developers unveil what it takes to learn a new language…and master it.
Q: As a team, what has your greatest success been thus far?
A: We work on a number of projects that are amazing. People may think that developers are dull, but many of us are quite creative; we express ourselves through different modes of development. One of our most rewarding projects has been working on the Keep Birth Control Free website. To think that the President affected our work directly is pretty trippy. And the fact that Jessica Biel took part in the campaign (and we have record of her email) is…whoaa.
Q: Have you ever had any major slips when working on a project?
A: Are you kidding? Definitely! One of us once accidentally deleted half the code of a website (we’re talking 2,000 lines of code) right before presenting to a client. It was fight or flight at that point. We had 10 minutes to look for backups in the server and go off memory. And by some miracle, we were able to finish with time to spare and please the client.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can provide those interested in development?
A: Technology is always changing, so be sure to read as many articles and subscribe to as many YouTube videos as possible. When in doubt, always Google! And most importantly, if you have a cool website idea, make sure you w r i t e i t o u t. Create a blueprint of functionality and think critically about any potential roadblocks you may face.
Q: Are there any websites/programs you would recommend a new developer check out?
A: Medium is a specific blogging platform we follow for an assortment of articles. Codrops has a library of cool animations. Stack Overflow is a useful forum for developers. Oh, and Github is a great tool to view others’ projects and gain inspiration.
Q: What are the perks of being a developer?
A: Well, for starters, you can technically work from anywhere. All you need is a laptop, charger, and solid wifi. The field is super progressive, so we are constantly learning and challenging ourselves. Not many people can say the same about their careers.
Q: What are the challenges of being a developer?
A: People think that you can develop anything very easily, but even “simple” items take time. Often, we find ourselves going without sleep, responding to emails of remote clients in the wee hours of the night. Also, whenever you’re working with any form of technology, there will always be unknown unknowns. It’s just a part of the game, and that can be frustrating, to say the least.
Q: Upon hearing that you’re a developer, how do most people respond?
A: “Can you hack into my boyfriend’s Facebook?”
“Can you make me a website?”
“I have a problem with my wifi.”
“Can you fix my iphone?”
“You’re such a nerd.”
Q: How can designers better assist you in doing your job more efficiently?
A: Reduce animations (just kidding, not really). But on a real note, it’s always a plus when designers organize design files in a manner that is easy to navigate. Keeping design elements consistent and having developers in on the wire frame process makes for easy communication and understanding.