Meet David Cross, a junior software developer at FrogSlayer who has been with us for 5 months now. In addition to working at FrogSlayer part-time, he’s also a student at Texas A&M, pursuing his Masters in Computer Science.
David’s interest in software development began like many other millennials – a love for video games. He played them constantly growing up and liked them so much, he decided he wanted to be a video game developer when he graduated high school. “I went to Texas A&M University majoring in Computer Science with the intention to be a game developer, however since then I’ve ventured away from the idea and thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing now instead,” David shared. “The creativity that goes into being a developer [at FrogSlayer] has to be my favorite part of my career. With software, you can always approach it with different styles and tap into your own ideas. The variety with what you can work with or projects you can work on is amazing.”
David is a humble, hardworking developer at FrogSlayer. When he is not learning a new computer language or developing for a client, David is working toward obtaining his Master’s degree in Computer Science. “Hard work and humility are very important to me. I would have to say that staying humble and working hard, while not a motto, are the two mantras I live by. Humility is probably one of the most important traits that a developer can have. It’s important for a developer to be able to say, ‘Hey, I messed up. Can you help me on this?’ so they can fix the issue fast.”
In his years of development, one challenge he’s faced is that developers can’t know everything – the world of software is always changing. “The more you learn, the more you realize how much you didn’t know and how much more you still have to learn. There’s just a lot of information out there. As a developer, the stack can seem overwhelming with so many different languages and that can be a challenge.” He hopes that one day programming will become as common a skill as sending an email or knowing how to use Microsoft Word. “The world of technology is definitely going to be different in ten years. As a necessity, we will see more technology focused on bringing people together to help the environment via technology.”
On the weekends, you can find him jetting off for a getaway with his girlfriend to various Texas cities, like Austin and San Antonio, and one day would like to continue his travels with his future family. “Not all developers center their lives around their work. Just because I enjoy programming, doesn’t mean I want to spend 60-70 hours a week developing at work,” said David. He believes one of the best parts of working at FrogSlayer is the flexibility in your schedule and that the culture isn’t centered on being a slave to your desk. “We aren’t an endless resource that can’t be burned out. I enjoy my work, but I also enjoy going home and playing guitar, watching Netflix on occasion, relaxing, etc.”