Tell us a little about what you do?

I manage the development team here at Spicerack, which means I’m involved in all the tech projects that run through the developers and I support them in their development processes and in their development tasks. 

 

What do you like most about being a web developer?

I like putting out the really excellent web content that gets seen by a lot of people. I like the fast moving worlds that we work in, the fact that things are always changing and new ways of doing things are always evolving. I love working with other developers, I think they’re a very interesting group of people with a, uh, interesting mindset.

 

What are the biggest challenges for you when starting on a new project?

I find nailing down exactly what the client requires is the most critical part of the project. So, delivering a solution for what’s their need is rather than doing exactly what we’re told, which are slightly subtly different things.

 

Which new frameworks/platforms do you think will stand the test of time?

I think that very interesting things are happening in JavaScripts, which have been for a few years. I think that JavaScript is becoming quite a ubiquitous language that you can use anywhere. So, people are programming things in JavaScript that you would not have traditionally used JavaScript for these days. So service side development, even some database development, and I think that JavaScript will be coming along as kind of an unexpected winner in terms of the program languages that we use.

 

How do you keep up to date with the latest best practices?

I read a lot of press – So, I look at new sites and see what companies are doing and what the big companies are pushing, what promotions they’re trying to push through. I also read blogs. I like to know what certain people think about their current state of web development. I like to keep up with some of the big companies like Google and Microsoft and see what technologies they are using. 

 

Where do you go for inspiration?

I like to see what my colleagues are interested in. Often the front end developers have some very amazing sites that we can look out and see the technologies that they’re using. Quite often those same blogs have links to some interesting sites. 

 

What music do you listen to when you are coding?

I generally don’t listen to music when I’m coding, but I like to listen to the radio when I’m working at home so that I have some background music. 

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have a young family, so I spend a lot of time doing activities with them. I also enjoy gardening and 3d printing is another hobby of mine that I’ve not done for some time. I got quite into it during the lockdowns, but yeah, I haven’t really gone back to it since I moved house. So, you know, I might go back to that someday.

 

Watch more from our team – most recently Q&A with Developer Matt.

 

To find out more about what we do, take a look at our recent projects or email us at hello@spicerack.co.uk.