Joe started at SoftSource Consulting in 2015.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Six Questions with Joe
When did you first start programming and with what language/computer and what did you like the most about this programming experience?
I started programming in basic on my family’s Apple IIe computer when I was about 6. Most of the code I entered was from Nibble magazine, but I dabbled and experimented along the way. A lot of those programs involved entering column after column of hexadecimal. Getting several pages of hex right the first time was its own reward, because debugging it was the only thing worse than entering it. At that age, I mostly enjoyed playing the games I had typed in.
Describe a project you’ve been involved with which you consider to be your greatest success so far. What made it so successful?
One of my simplest projects was about maintaining and enhancing an application for use in a manufacturing environment. It had to be 100% accurate and reliable because of the revenue at stake, which provided some pressure. Yet somehow I found myself as the sole developer on a project with just one engineer to keep happy. She even worked in the same building. Even with this singular vision for the product, I still could not give her everything she wanted in the application. We managed her wish-list and I was able to delight her most of the time. I came to know her domain, and she came to know the software constraints well enough that we were able to get a lot of work done, and keep her and her technicians happy. It’s really gratifying to have most of your customer base happy, and working in the same building.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?
Start simple, iterate, and gather feedback. That’s the way to avoid building the wrong thing.
If computers and related technology didn’t exist, what do you think your career would be?
What, like in Dune? I don’t think I could have hacked it as a mentat. I would have been a Swordmaster of Ginaz. If you don’t mean Dune, I guess I’d be a musician. Looking back on where else I spent my youth, that’s probably where I would be.
When it’s time to turn off the computer, what do you do instead?
I enjoy time with my family. I like to play board games with family or friends, read, exercise, enjoy the outdoors, sing, or volunteer with scouting.
Anything else you think the world would like to know about you?