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Friday, July 11, 2014

A JavaScript Education

by Mark Abbott
Director
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With a focus on the specialism JavaScript, we wanted to push our JavaScript knowledge to a new level. In order to do this, we enlisted one of the top JavaScript engineers to provide us with on-going training in the full JavaScript technology stack, so we could better engage in the community and understand the problems our clients are trying to solve.  

Hi Anthony, thanks for coming in. Tell our readers a little bit about the presentation you gave.

Thanks for inviting me in. The presentation was aimed at bringing awareness to the common problems us software engineers solve with JavaScript, and how that relates to the technologies and frameworks we use.

The idea was that by understanding these problems and how they relate to the technologies we use, the PCR team would gain a deeper understanding of where a certain individual may be more suited to solving a particular problem area than another, and hopefully be able to fit the right people with great roles that they will enjoy.

What did you most enjoy about giving the presentation?

I really enjoyed how attentive and receptive you all were to the concepts I was bringing up! I felt a really strong willingness to learn from the PCR team, it was a joy to experience.

Well, we're glad you enjoyed it too. Tell us about your current role and what it involves?

I've recently founded Make Us Proud, and our day-to-day varies quite substantially, sometimes i'm conducting user research and testing or creating interfaces with our Design Director, other days we're meeting clients to develop their concepts and ideas face-to-face, all while sketching through reams of paper, and (when we have free time) we're creating our own software products.

So, what kind of company is 'Make Us Proud'?

We're a design and software engineering company that builds human-focused products for other companies, and ourselves. We're putting the users first in our process, and it's lead to some work we're super proud of over the last few months, with some amazing client and user feedback. We've worked with clients such as the Discovery Channel, Microsoft, and great start-ups such as Mediacore to help them develop beautiful, interactive software products that their users love to come back to again and again.

As a developer, what makes you tick?

So this all started when i was about 12 years old, experimenting with writing music software in my bedroom. Over the years this evolved into creating graphics software, animation, game engines, interactive interfaces and more, but I think the key thing that drove me to this was my love of connecting people to an idea or a service, either from an Artistic or pure Design direction.

I get a real buzz when I see someone enjoying something I’ve made. For me this is the ideal outcome, to create something people have a meaningful relationship with, something they truly love.

In your experience what technologies do you think we will be seeing more of in the future? And which are you focussed on at the moment?

Right now we're focusing on web and mobile, there's still so much room for innovation in this area.

What do I think we'll see more of in the future? I'm personally looking forward to the day that we no-longer need to tether our eyes to a screen to get the benefit the digital world, but it's a way-off yet. I think the big thing we're moving towards at the moment is integrating the devices we use today with the environment and things around us. Having them interact with our cars, our homes and our environments to augment and carry our digital presence with us, and transparently integrate them together.

Finally: do you have any tips for budding young developers?

Software development is one of the most creative mediums available to us, keep experimenting, have fun, break things and keep moving!

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