Meet the Team: Miguel Targa

  • Mar 16, 2016
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Q. How long have you been a developer for?

I made my first software when I was 12-years old, but I started working as a freelancer developer about nine years ago.  

Q. How did you get started?

Back in the day, I was a big fan of chats, so I decided to create my own chat platform when I was 12-years old.  It wasn’t an impressive system, but I made it work.  I got a book from my brother-in-law that was called the Bible of Delphi, which was huge, and that’s how I learned how to code. 

Q.  What do you enjoy most about your job?

The power of creation.  You can create things to help other people.  That’s what amazes me about coding.

Q.  What exactly is it that you do here?

I do mostly client work.  Coding for client systems and trying to work with Slatwall Development.  

Q.  Biggest/hardest project you have ever worked on?

MLM software marketing multi-level where there is a lot of calculations, dealing with money, I spent months and months building this at my previous job.  

Q.  How do you keep up with industry developments?

 I have a lot of RSS feed that I am signed up to and I read everyday .  My favorite one is   Ycombinator and I access it three to four times a day.  I like it because it’s a community where people post and comment.  They also have the best articles on anything that is trending right now, so any new technology will be there. 

Q.  Advice for future developers?

Read a lot.  If you have questions about anything, ask Google.  Also make sure to be a part of a community or group online.   

 Q.  If you had to code in 1 language for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s hard because we are always changing.  For example, last year I was coding one language and this year I’m coding in a different one. But for today, I’ll say Javascript.  It’s becoming very powerful.  

Q.  How do you spend your free time?

Usually coding.  But when I’m not coding, I just hangout with my wife and friends.  

Q.  Favorite movie?

Limitless. 

Q.  Favorite snack from the kitchen?

Sour Patch Kids, watermelon flavored. 

Q.  Nickname?

Growing up they used to call me Miguelzinho, which means little Miguel, since my father is also Miguel.  In the office Emily calls me Brazilian Bonfire, and it’s catching on (no pun intended).

Q.  Favorite video game?

Super Bomberman.

Q.  If you weren’t a developer, what job do you think you would have?

Are there any other jobs out there?  I can’t imagine my life not being a developer.  

Q. Favorite company-outing you have gone on so far?

Cirque Du Soleil.

Q.  Favorite restaurant?

Fire and Ice in Boston.

Q.  Dream vacation?

Cancun, Mexico.

Q. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

My work at a fast food, specifically Burger King.  My English was poor and I had to work at the drive-thru.

Q.  What is your favorite IDE/code editor and why?

Intellij Idea.  It’s my favorite because it’s robust and has everything that I need.

Q.  Favorite internet cat celebrity? (Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, Captain Pancakes etc.)

I HATE CATS.

Q.  Coke or Pepsi?

Beer. 


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