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Mike A.

Mike has worked for SoftSource since 2019.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
University of Missouri – Kansas City

Six Questions with Mike

When did you first start programming and with what language/computer and what did you like the most about this programming experience?

I initially started programming with Visual Basic on Windows 98. I remember dragging and dropping our way to a working application by the end of the semester. I became intrigued by the possibilities of what code could do and started writing games on my TI-82. I enjoyed coupling the creative with the pragmatic.

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 more interesting projects was working on the Sencha Cmd transpiler. We were one of the first to introduce a transpiler for a SPA framework (ExtJS) and with that had to prove the value of tooling to the OSS community. We were able to meet expectations through community building and successfully introducing mission critical features such as scaffolding, optimization, and localization. It was a great community and project to be a part of.

If computers and related technology didn’t exist, what do you think your career would be?

Astrophysics

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?

Learning that options have value.

When it’s time to turn off the computer, what do you do instead?

I spend time with my family, read, cook, and try to make it out to Mt. Hood for the winter season.

Anything else you think the would would like to know about you?

I enjoy smoking brisket.

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