This is Evan, the latest in our team of developers who take the creations from our design team and make them into a functioning, mobile-ready staffing machines! In his first week, I watched him ride a mechanical bull — so we think he’s going to fit in pretty well.
Tell us a little about your background in development.
Prior to coming to Staffing Robot, I was a core developer for an open-source content management system. There I built themes, front-end modules, and back-end data management interfaces for national non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies, as well as contributing to the core of the CMS and products to the marketplace.
What do you love most about programming?
I enjoy the culture of programmers. By and large, programmers tend to be curious, open-minded individuals. I also enjoy the challenge and always-learning aspect of coding. Technology is changing rapidly, and staying on top of it requires following the discourse closely and always being prepared to change the way you work. Front-end development, in particular, is a lot of fun because you get to work shoulder-to-shoulder with designers to bring designs to life.
Favorite things to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies and a few of the more cinematic TV series we’re very fortunate to have these days. In what seems like a past life, I did graduate work in film theory, so I am always happy to plunge into a discussion of any films, books, or shows – particularly the stuff you wouldn’t think of as bursting with meaning, like Gremlins or Die Hard. Sometimes the pulpiest forms of entertainment have the most to tell us about ourselves as a society and the ways we think. Chuck Klosterman is the god of dissecting stuff like that. He’s kind of my hero. Slavoj Žižek is also a lot of fun to read and watch.
Best part of living in Portland?
I’m one of those rare natives, but having lived in a few different places and come back, I can say that Portland really is just one of the nicest, most relaxed, and most creative places to be. People are genuinely friendly and easy-going here. I’ve always found it to be a great distillation of the best parts of San Francisco and Seattle, shrunk down to manageable bite size so there’s still some local color. But we’ll see how long that lasts.
Do you have any pets? kids? plants?
I have a two-year-old daughter. She likes to water our plants on the patio too much and submits daily demands to go to the Brooklyn Park to play on the “sqwings”. We have weird face-offs; that is, we try to outdo each other’s weird faces, not that we duel armed with Shakespeare-spouting trout in tutus or something.
Favorite thing about working for Staffing Robot so far?
Folks with good taste in music (pretty paramount when a communal AirPlay speaker is present). People are passionate and talented in their fields, but also friendly and approachable, which makes collaboration much more pleasant.