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Dave J.

Dave has worked for SoftSource since 2021.

Seven Questions with Dave

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

I learned my first BASIC programming out of the back of the Commodore 64 computer manual. Making my C64 boot up and display “Good Morning, Dave” was electrifying. I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life at age 8.

Describe a project you’ve been involved with which you consider to be your greatest success so far. What made it so successful?

I’m probably most proud about JumpVault, a digital locker for foster youth in Florida. It wasn’t a particularly complicated website but it made a significant difference for foster kids. All of the success is really owed to the onboarding of a foster youth, who I’m still in contact with to this day. He acted as my SME while still living in a group home during the project.

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

Probably mechanical engineering. I was lucky enough to attend a public high school in the 90s that had drafting and AutoCAD. I love the meticulous nature of mechanical drafting and still had goals of focusing on engineering in college.

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

Software is about people, not technical hurdles. All of the software I write is temporary by nature. The meaning to be found lies in improving the lives of others.

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

Family, attempting to try every food vendor in Portland at least once with my wife Shelley, maintaining complete subservience to our feline overlord Oliver, music, lots of music.

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

Hobby game dev in my spare time.

Do you prefer bacon, sausage or neither?

Both. Huge Foodie and there are few things I can’t palate.