I’m happy to announce that June has just arrived… and even happier to say that we have a brand new Member of the Month. That is, that special member that has been outstanding throughout the month helping all around the forums.
Mawburn is that member. Always polite, always helpful and quite busy in all the areas.
Congratulations, mawburn. It is great to have you around.
But we do want to know you a bit better so let’s go for the interview!
1. Some questions are a must and this is one of them: how did you find SPF and what made you stay?
Someone on Reddit (I can't remember who) mentioned this site on a thread asking about active Web Dev communities. The community here seemed really friendly and very active, so I stayed.
2. Seems that you’re interested in many things and hang around all the forums even if programming seems to be closer to your heart… Do you think that we need to improve anything?
Nothing needs to be changed from what I can tell. I'm pretty stoked about the move to Discourse and excited to see the changes it will bring. I think that it will really open up a lot more conversation
3. Favorite database? And programming language (you know quite a few)?
don't really have a favorite DB. I've been fiddling around with PostgreSQL a lot lately and I've really started to like it. It's very robust.
My favorite programming language is probably Java. I find it's syntax to be pretty straightforward, even though some of it's application structures and frameworks are needlessly complicated. But the JVM is just so incredibly versatile and can be fit to fill almost any need or role. Add in the ability to have other languages that run on the JVM, like Scala or Groovy or CFML, and it's just great. I wish it didn't have the cold enterprise stigma that it's obtained over the years. It's a pretty amazing and versatile language.
4. What do you like most about web development? What do you hate most?
Web development for me is a dream. It allows me to be a problem solver and an express my creativity at the same time. I went to school for Computer Science and it was either that or Graphic Design. I liked both equally and CS paid better, so that's what I chose. Luckily I fell into Web Dev as my first job out of school and I've spread my roots in the last few years. There is really no where in Software Development quite like Web Dev, where you're able to express yourself artistically as well as able to build functioning programs that help people solve their problems. I just enjoy creating things. Turning nothing into something awesome.
What I hate most about Web Dev and Technology in general, is the Business and Politics that constantly try to hold them back.
5. What can you tell us about yourself? Any fav movies, books, food, place?
I'm a geek. I love Animated Sitcoms and cartoons. I'm obsessed with Futurama, Rick & Morty, and Adventure Time. I'm not really into Japanese Anime, but I do like some.
6. Do you prefer beach or mountain?
I've always grown up near water, so it feels wrong to live too far away from it. But I'm not really into the beach so much as just being near the water, also like hiking and camping too so it's a toss up
7. Why is 2+2= fish, 3+3= eight, 7+7= triangle? And if that’s true… why have we always been told that 2+2 = 4?
Well, if you break it down, 2 + 2 = half a fish. Right?
So, if 4=2+2 then that's four = two + two. Then fourtwotwo. If you fix the w by moving the extra lines down so that it's a y, you're left with fourtyotwo. Then you consume the extra o by using it in your next words which should be: "OH! I GET IT!" Then you're left with Forty Two. Which as you should know, is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. So, therefore 2 + 2 = thanks for all the fish.
8. What’s the best counsel that you received? And the best piece of advice you gave?
My best advice is probably to start slow and easy and don't optimize things before you need to.
9. What’s the dream that you wished it was true today?
I'm not too big into video games anymore, but being in a real VR video games would be freaking amazing. I don't mean like Oculus Rift so much as stuff like in the movie eXistenZ or the Matrix.
10. Is there anything else that you want to say that I didn’t ask? I don’t know… like your bank account details, username and password
No problem. I live at 123 Fake Street Nowhere, TX. and my credit card number is 1234567890123. The password to all my accounts is "pa$sw0rd" cause 6+ characters and using numbers + symbols is super secure
Note to self: Next time maybe I should ask for the bank account with positive balance. This one is in the red