JEVON WRIGHT | Founder/Senior Developer | Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington)
Q. How did you get into coding? What is your advice for girls and omg children who want to be coders?
I got into coding when I was twelve, with a tutorial book my dad had lying around, and his work computer that he had brought home from work. The book encouraged learning by doing, and I fell in love with being able to make computers do things, and to be able to show others what I could make. I made little games for my friends and later made my first websites (before I had the Internet).
At university I earned my Bachelors of Software Engineering, and a PhD in Computer Science, but it's always been my love for making things, learning things, and being creative that has kept me going. I definitely recommend learning by trying things, breaking things, and trying things out again; no matter how long you spend on a problem, or how many dead ends you hit, you're always learning and improving.
Q. Tell us about a rad piece of code that you’ve written? What piece of code are you most proud of?
I'm really proud of my current project, CryptFolio, which I've designed, coded and managed all by myself. It's all in Ruby on Rails and I'm super impressed with how well the site works and how clean the backend architecture is. The website started from a really simple prototype I put together in a weekend for myself, and while I continued tweaking it, I found out other people wanted to use it too. Now I'm trying to build it into a successful business.
"No matter how long you spend on a problem
you're always learning"
Q. What big dreams do you have as a coder?
I find it really interesting how hundreds of people can work together on software and generally remain productive, yet every code base feels different, and some are more enjoyable to work on than others. I want to learn more about how one can code in such a way that other people can get up to speed quickly, write awesome code too, and have fun while doing it This means I need to learn more about people, about management, and other "soft" (they're actually really hard!) skills. When I was working at Flux they were really, really awesome at helping me grow! Jevon's favourite languages are Ruby and Java.