Hi, my name is Joseph Martinsen and I am currently a Software Developer at FrogSlayer where I try to spend more time slaying bugs than creating them.
My beginnings at FrogSlayer started when I found FrogSlayer through a job posting online and decided to apply. I didn’t think much about it until I received the weed-out question. The premise of the question directly contradicted what I had learned in the few programming classes I had taken up to that point in college.
I stayed up way too late in the middle of a school week working on it to figure out the answer. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, especially the end when it was finally solved and found out that I made it to the next round of interviews. After answering a few more thought provoking questions in the next two interviews, I joined FrogSlayer at the end of April 2017.
What led you into software development/consulting?
I initially entered Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. During freshman year, I was first introduced to “coding” by using Matlab. I really enjoyed the logic and preciseness of how everything was structured. After learning how much I despised Chemistry and how much I enjoyed watching coding tutorials and learning about the topic, I knew exactly what field to pursue.
What does a typical day look like for you? What are your daily routines?
A typical day for me consists of first sleeping through an alarm or two, finally waking up and then sprinting out the door to try to make it to class in time for a not so pop, pop-quiz. I continue my day going to classes and usually meeting my girlfriend and friends for lunch. The rest of the day then usually is some combination of work, classes, and homework.
What's your favorite part of being a developer?
My favorite part of being a developer so far is how there is always something to learn. No matter how many books I read or tutorials I watch, there are always more to learn and ways to improve.
What are some unique challenges you have faced as a software developer?
Not sure if I can really answer this one since I have been actually coding for a total of 9 months now…
What's something you wish other employers knew about developers?
Some of us are social… sometimes.
Where do you see the world of technology in 10 years?
My hope is that 10 years from now we will be living in a world where technology is used to complete tasks in such a manner that it improves the lives of all without completing getting rid of the need of human interaction.
Do you have any personal projects you're working on or have worked on in the past?
I have had several little side projects that have started from hackathons or learning a new language. The project that I have worked on the most would be Flix with Friends: The Solution to Cinematic Indecision. The programs purpose is to help groups of friends decide what movie they should watch. It reads through a spreadsheet, Google Sheets, or a selected database that have names of movies that users would like to watch. The program uses several APIs to pull descriptions, ratings and various poster sizes to present in an IMDb-like interface to help users decide on what movie to watch based on search criteria like keywords, release date, rating and which of the users has or has not seen the movie. Currently the project is a python desktop app that uses GTK for the GUI but I am working on trying to convert it into web application.
What is your favorite thing about working at FrogSlayer?
I have not been here long but I have really enjoyed my time here thus far. I have really enjoyed everyone I have interacted and worked with. I have also really enjoyed the flexibility and responsibility given to me. After a day of work, there is usually at least one thing that I have learned and will use in the near future in either coding or my personal life.