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Melissa B.

Melissa has worked for SoftSource since 2022.

Seven Questions with Melissa

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

My dad was the first web master for Boeing so I’ve been watching BBSes from the crib 🙂

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

I wrote the reporting system that tracks PGE’s power grid and helps power plant operators predict and adjust to fluctuating supply and demand. It was a fun challenge writing a system that could run 24/7 with zero downtime, and still be updated to handle new reports, etc..

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

Some other form of engineering – I love taking things apart, figuring out how they work, and putting them back together. When I was doing office work, I’d always be the one to fix the printer 🙂

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

Automation is an incredibly powerful tool for amplifying what people can do, but it can’t replace human judgment.

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

I love reading fantasy and science fiction novels.

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

My first couple of programs were open-source games.

Bacon, sausage, both, or neither?

Controversially, I’ll say sausage is better, but I’m biased by Australia doing some really tasty fast food there 🙂