Meet the Team: Gus Erickson

Q. How did you get started writing code?

I was a working in insurance and got a little bored, so I started learning some coding online and liked it. Then I found Bootcamp, which took a few months between applying and actually starting, but three months later I was ready to do this professionally.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?

The environment. I love this company, everybody that works here is great! So much nicer than every other job I’ve had. The work itself is a close second. It’s fun to solve problems everyday.

Q. What exactly is it that you do here?

I’m an application developer, which means I get to build stuff I don’t understand and fix stuff that I kind of do.

Q. Project you are most proud of?

Total Wine & More’s Concierge Sales, mostly because I was still pretty fresh to the whole thing. I had to do data import which involved more complicated mapping and set-up than anything I’ve ever done before.

Q. How do you keep up with industry developments?

Other developers. Overhearing other people talk about things that are happening in the industry. I used to read a lot more, but I haven’t found the need to do so because of all the great information I’m getting from them. I do spend time on Reddit.

Q. What is the most challenging part about being a developer?

The vast majority of things I get assigned, pretty much by definition are unsolved problems. When you are working with a super flexible application like Slatwall and we have all these clients doing different things with it, in most cases, if it’s being assigned to a developer it’s a particularly complex problem and the solution has to fit nicely into Slatwall as it exists. That can make a reasonably complex problem, that much harder because it has to work.

Q. How do you spend your free time?

Playing video games, going to the gym and surfing as much as I can. Now that summer is ending, I’ve been paddleboarding pretty much everyday after work. Come winter, I hope I can go snowboarding.

Q. Favorite snack from the kitchen?

Currently, those Jalapeño Kettle chips. I really appreciate whomever is restocking the supply for leaving that kind hidden in the box so no one else has access to it.

Q. Nickname?

Gus, since my name is Gustaf.

Q. Favorite video game?

Grand Theft Auto 5.

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

I went to school for mechanical engineering because I thought it would be something I’d be good at and would pay a decent salary, but after I graduated, wasn’t really into it. Turns out you really need to have an interest in that in order to do it successfully. The way I see it, anything that’s easy, doesn’t pay enough because I have expensive hobbies, and vice versa, anything that pays well, seems like it would suck for the most part.

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

Bowling and Hibachi outing.

Q. Favorite restaurant?

Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Their shredded beef is spicy and super flavorful, also, their jalapeño margaritas are killer as well. Dream vacation? I want to go to southeast Asia and Australia.

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

It’s a tie between working for the Vermont Research Interest Group and Domino’s Pizza. My job for the research group consisted of canvasing from door-to-door, I had two good days and a bad third day after which I was fired. For Domino’s it was the hardest I have ever worked with the worst hours for the least amount of pay.

Q. What’s your github handle and why did you pick it?

GErickson808, which is my first initial, last name and Hawaii area code.

Q. Do you have a secret hacker name?

Zero Cool.

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

Sublime Text. It’s cool because it’s a little less polished than most code editors, and the plugins are done by random people, but it’s great on memory. Anytime I needed to open a giant file or format something, you can open it up in Sublime and it’s there. Also, the multi-select function is way better than anything else I’ve seen.

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

Grumpy cat’s cool, I don’t know any other ones.

Q. Marvel or DC Comics?

Not big on comics, but as far as movies go… DC Comics. Marvel movies are all the same, way too light and fluffy.


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