We caught up with the Head Coder at Adjust Media on a cheeky break in the office to find out about his love of coding and his how he got involved with the company.
How did you get involved in Adjust Media?
Chris heard about me on the grapevine… He asked me to do a bit of work and I guess he was hooked – after that I was invited onto the Adjust Media team.
What do you do at Adjust Media?
In a nutshell, I make the websites work – I take the designs and bring them to life.
Describe what a working day looks like for you
Long. I like to work in blocks so I don’t lose focus, which often means that I’m working into the early hours of the morning finishing a website or app. I’ll normally just sit down with my Mac with the projects open and spend all day tweaking something in one whilst coding part of another. I don’t usually make a plan because my priorities with Adjust Media will often change so I just see what happens each day.
What are you studying at uni?
Maths. Most people cringe when I tell them this but I’m not ashamed. Much.
Is your line of work frustrating?
All the work with Adjust Media is so varied and whilst this stops me getting bored, it makes it quite challenging as well. There’s so many different things that a client can ask for meaning that one project doesn’t always give me experience that will help with the next.
Do people judge you for being a tech geek?
Hey I’m not a geek! I just enjoy what I do. I don’t judge football fans…. Much. People don’t really know my capabilities. They’re always surprised when they hear about my work. I just enjoy what I do.
What’s the most complex thing you’ve built with Adjust Media?
I’m afraid if I told you that I’d have to kill you…
What was the first website you ever made?
Everyone starts out with the “Hello World” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_world_program) website.
What websites do you particularly like?
Your World of Text (http://www.yourworldoftext.com/home/). It’s just the simplest website you could think of and I get far too much enjoyment out of it.
What’s the best invention of the 21st century?
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the iPhone. 2 years: it’s my longest relationship and I couldn’t live without it.
What one website do you use on a daily basis?
Wikipedia – the fountain of all modern knowledge. I remember when I was at school when I had to labouriously go through books to find information, now I can just type in a world and ive got so much information at my fingertips.
How would you describe your relationship with the rest of the Adjust Media team?
This question’s too gay to answer
What hobbies do you have when not coding?
Origami and adding to my impressive collection of blazers.
If you could have one last meal what would it consist of?
Steak. Medium rare. Side order of chips and onion rings. Now please.
What tips would you give an aspiring website coder?
Just jump in. You can make some great websites just in notepad – every website we make I write from scratch and you can do just the same. Try Notepad++ for Windows (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/) or TextWrangler for Mac (http://www.barebones.com/products/TextWrangler/).
Computers: Macbook pro or macbook air?
Since I’ve just splashed out on my brand new MacBook Pro, I guess that answers that question!