How did you get started with coding?
I discovered coding at a young age and was extremely curious how code was used to make the games I played and the websites and apps I used. I always asked myself ‘what if I tried to make this?’ so I started creating my own projects, tutored coding in my free time and later went to university to focus my studies on web development.
What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
You are better to fail and learn from your mistakes than to give up.
How do you keep on top of web development industry news and trends?
I do enjoy accompanying my morning coffee with a read of some tech news. I also utilize social network sites such as Linkedin where I keep up-to-date with trends through web development groups and communities.
What are your favourite types of projects to work on?
Projects that allow me to explore a new set challenges, different technologies and drives me to think creatively and technically.
Who are your heroes, either within or outside of your industry?
My heroes in the industry have to be the open-source developers that provide a huge range of tools and resources for web development. As web development is ever evolving, they are always providing tools to keep up with the changes. I am also inspired by other developers that are just as passionate about pushing the boundaries of web development.
My hero outside my industry is my secondary school Computing Science teacher. He always believed in my passion for coding and encouraged me to never give up.
What made you want to become a developer?
I wanted to be a developer as I enjoy the combination of problem solving and being creative with code. No day as a developer is the same, there’s always new things to learn and explore.
What do you do to relax?
I love travelling and photography , but on cold rainy days i’ll be at home cooking some hearty Italian meals or binge watching Netflix.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
My proudest moment was having the opportunity to work my dream job as a Web Developer with Kino Creative. This was right after achieving my 1st class degree in computing science after 4 years of hard work and dedication.
What is your favourite aspect of your job?
The process of transforming a design into an end product is really satisfying and gives me a great sense of achievement. I get the freedom to be creative, but also work with a great team with a diverse skillset.
One piece of advice for people who want to peruse a career in web development?
Focus on areas of web development you enjoy -whether its front or back end development (or both), set a goal and master a set of in demand web languages.