Gravitywho? #7 George
In this series I interview the award-winning team of creative geeks, thinkers and grafters, one by one.
George, lovely to meet you. Where are you from and how long have you been at Gravitywell?
I grew up in Salisbury and have lived in Bristol for 3 years. I've been at Gravitywell for 11 months.
...which means you were one of last year's new additions that comprised our Digital Boyband. Your beret/shades combo was epic. What's great about working here?
The projects we do are always in an interesting area and collaboration within the team means I’m always learning new things.
Who would be your dream client and what would you like to work on for them?
A sports company looking to develop something like a Fantasy Rugby app, as it would combine my passions of sports (mainly rugby) and programming. Also, I think doing all the stats around player points etc. could be quite a complex and fun challenge to take on.
It would definitely be worth a try. Ouch. How did you get into Software Development?
When I was 18 I wanted to try and build an iOS app and gave it a go. I failed miserably but found it really interesting and enjoyed the problem solving side of it, so taught myself using online tutorials for the next year before getting a job.
Very industrious. What's your advice for someone wanting to get into Software Development?
Find a good tutorial site like teamtreehouse.com and practice little and often. Don’t give up when your code doesn’t work in the way you think it should. Read up and find out why it isn’t doing what it should be and carefully go over your code - half the time it's probably a typo. Also, if you copy and paste others' code (which is fine), make sure you break it down and see exactly what each line of code is doing.
Great advice! What's the worst thing about being a Software Developer?
I love being outdoors so being in a studio all day is sometimes difficult.
A number of the Gravitywell team enjoy the outdoors - perhaps we should work al fresco? Now, what's your favourite piece of tech and why?
Pine64 / Raspberry Pi. They are really fun to play around with and build cheap home solutions. I recently setup a cloud NAS drive using an old hard drive and a pine64 so I can access all my files at home where ever I am.
OK, that went straight over my head! I'm sure our tech-savvy readers will fully appreciate though. Your Hackathon dream destination would be..?
Some remote island in the Caribbean with gigabit internet... unlikely I know :(
I'm down for that. Finally, what's the best kept secret in Bristol?
Squeezed on Wapping Wharf. It's a tiny burger stand but easily the best burger I’ve ever had.
Thank you to George for being interviewed.
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