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Software Developer (.NET/C#)
Chattanooga, TN (Ooltewah)
Current daily computer
Custom built gaming desktop (for… after work hours). A Lenovo X1 Tablet for travel purposes.
Current mobile device
iPhone 12 Mini
One word that best describes how I work:
Very scheduled. I’ve got specific rituals (like leaving my code broken at the end of the day) and shutting down my computer that I stick to. The first helps me with knowing how to resume and not losing my place. The second keeps work/life separate and gives that sense of “done” for the day.
What apps, software, and/or tools can’t you live without?
Rider. (Because Visual Studio is a mess). VS Code (duh). SSMS for all things database.
What is your best time-saving shortcut?
See previous answer about leaving stuff broken before leaving your workstation. When you feel blocked, go take a walk.
What is your workspace setup like?
Laptop to the side. 1440p monitor to the left. Nothing fancy, just more real estate for code.
Favorite or must-have gear in your workspace
WH1000-XM3s (noise cancelling headphones). They make a world of difference. Also have good lighting, really helps the eyes.
What do you listen to while you work?
Youtube Music…. uhhh generally upbeat/happy/techno-esque music. AJR/BTS/Alan Walker/Piano Guys
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?
Finding good articles to read. Don’t do work and spend time on reddit/HN (jk). Just be curious, read the articles and then the comments.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
4 Types of People in the world
- People who will like you for the right reasons
- People who will like you for the wrong reasons
- People who will dislike you for the wrong reasons
- People who will dislike you for the right reasons
What is some advice you would give to yourself earlier in your career?
If it’s a bad work environment, never try to negotiate. Just leave.
Anything else you would like to add?
If you’ve got any questions or want to chat, feel free to DM me. I love hearing/discussing new/random ideas.