Q. How did you get started here?
I came from Brazil in October of last year. I was studying development and doing some side projects while I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Brazil. I decided to attend a MeetUp that ten24 was hosting, and ended up meeting Miguel and Denival who are also Brazilian, needless to say we hit it off. I can honestly say they played a role in getting me the interview. That night, I met Dave as well, and without making the connection, it turns out I had already sent my resume to ten24.
Q. How long have you been working here?
It’s been 8 months.
Q. What exactly is it that you do here?
I am an application developer. So I work on both front end and back end eCommerce applications. I am also part of the support team. I help Emily assess and estimate support tickets for issues that come in, get them assigned out and see which developer is best suited for the issue.
Q. What’s the biggest/hardest project you’ve ever worked on?
The hardest project was definitely DLC (Design Lights Consortium) because it’s an industry I didn't even know existed. It’s such a niche thing, specialized work, so understanding what they do and what they need makes our job difficult. But we have a great team that translates the requirements and helps us out a lot.
Q. Best resource you have found for work?
Having smarter people around me. Before I worked mostly by myself, so Google was my resource, which was not necessarily ideal. Having people with experience in the industry and that have been through the same steps is really helpful. I’m probably known as the guy that bugs everyone asking all sorts of questions in the office.
Q. What’s the most challenging part about being a developer?
Some people don’t see it this way, but this is a very creative type of work. You have to make decisions on how to build something, and I can be very stubborn. So the challenge for me is to be more open-minded to other people’s ways of doing things. It also has to do with the fact that I used to work by myself and was the one making all the decisions, and now I still have to make the decisions but see the bigger picture and talk to other people.
Q. How do you think your field will change in the next decade?
I was actually thinking about this the other day. There are a lot of people, like me, getting into the industry, who don’t have a formal education in the field. But with the talk of artificial intelligence and the fact that it’s easier and easier to write code, there are now a lot more developers than before. In order for you to stand out and make sure you can keep your job in 10 years, it’s going to take a lot of technical knowledge but also a lot of soft skills, such as how to deal with clients and with each other, things that are not really taught at boot camps or universities. It’s a big thing for me, coming from the education field. I like to think that I'm good at that and I plan to use that as leverage in the future to advance my career.
Q. How do you keep up with industry developments?
I like to read a lot. That’s pretty much what I do most of the time. I’ve been trying to filter things out, since there is so much information that it becomes overwhelming if you try to keep up. I try to pick one or two things to work on as side projects on my spare time, such as new technologies or design patterns so I can keep current. You have to do your homework and be wary of where you are getting your information because if you go on sites like Reddit, for example, there's going to be a new shiny thing every day and you will be chasing that and wasting your time.
Q. Advice for future developers?
I’ve had some people approach me on LinkedIn with that question, and what I tell them is, do your best to work on a real-life project. Don't spend all your time just doing tutorials for the shiny new framework or whiteboard challenges just because that’s what the big companies use for hiring. Nothing substitutes working with a client or friend who’s not technical and has a real need - so find that person; work with them to come up with ways to satisfy their real life requirements; host it, make sure it’s live on production; make sure when it crashes, you know how to handle these situations responsively and professionally. I believe that I was able to adapt quickly to the industry because I did those things even before I got my first job.
Q. If you had to code with one language, what would that be?
Q. Project you are most proud of?
Paerpay. It was the first project that I got to work from the beginning. It’s very different since it’s a mobile app, which is something that I always wanted to work on. I was able to contribute a lot to the early stages. I like the way it is and I’m proud of it.
Q. How do you learn new technologies?
I’m more of a reader than a video kind of person. I like to download transcripts of videos and read them. I like to code something up and use that particular thing I’m trying to learn. There is something about developing that thing from beginning to end that speeds up the learning process for me. Reading a story about how somebody solved an issue doesn’t necessarily teach me anything. Sometimes you have to suffer a little bit and bang your head against the wall a couple of times until you figure it out, and that struggle is what makes you understand it and makes it possible to use it on a future occasion.
Q. What is your favorite IDE/code editor and why?
Q. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
My worst job was a teaching gig; a Saturday morning ESL class in Brazil. The class was for people who worked during the week (and only had time to study on Saturdays). The books were terrible, management was the worst, so I felt very bad for the students, which were working people who took their Saturday mornings to study a language and the resources were not great. You could just tell that management was ripping them off, so needless to say I only stayed there for a semester.
Q. If you weren’t a developer, what job do you think you would have?
A musician. My dad was a musician for 20 years. He would transform the kitchen into a studio using egg cartons on the wall to make it soundproof. We would have people in and out with all sorts of crazy instruments. It was a lot of fun. He was into jazz and bossa nova.
Q. How do you spend your free time?
Volunteering most of the time. I’m a Jehovah's Witness, so when I lived in Brazil, we would help refugees who spoke English such as Africans and Asians who came to Brazil and were not living in good conditions, and here we are doing the opposite, helping the Brazilian community. I’ve been doing it since I was a little boy and it’s my favorite thing in the world. That’s who I am.
Q. Favorite movie?
The Prestige. I’m a huge fan of Christopher Nolan.
Q. Favorite snack from the kitchen?
Kind Bars, but they are usually gone the first day.
Q. Do you have a nickname?
Oh boy. My dad’s name is Evangelista, and since that’s not a good musician’s name, everyone just started calling him Evan. So growing up everyone started calling me Evanzinho. So if you meet anyone that knew me before I was 20 years old, that’s what they would know me as.
Q. Favorite restaurant
It was back home in Brasilia. The restaurant is called Mangai, and it serves typical northeastern Brazilian food. My favorite dish is tapioca.
Q. Favorite lunch place
Taste of the Mediterranean.
Q. Do you have any special secret talents?
I can sing.
Q. Favorite Video Game?
Growing up it was Chrono Trigger.
Q. Dream vacation?
I don’t know if it’s a dream, but the one place I’ve been thinking about a lot is Budapest and central to eastern Europe. I like geography and history, so I think it would be really nice to visit. It’s right in the middle of the continent and the city has scars from everything that ever happened in Europe. It’s a very cosmopolitan city, and I would love to see that.
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Q. DC Comics or Marvel?