I’m pumped to announce another addition to our already epic engineering team—Will Farrell. Will’s got some pretty serious geek cred having worked on low level systems and protocols and is looking forward to applying his software architecture and design pattern knowledge to MojoTech’s projects. Here’s the a little Q&A with Will:
What jobs or experiences led you to your new job at MojoTech?
Self-reliance defined my previous employer. Almost every piece of software used in-house was written in-house. Email clients, task management systems, text editors, and even operating systems were built from the ground up using proprietary languages. This obsession with autonomy was a double edged sword. On one side, in the 5 years I worked there I likely learned more computer science than I would have working anywhere else. On the other, reinventing the wheel got old, and here I am.
Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?
I worked on a very small team trying to “web enable” dozens of legacy applications… without making any changes to them. Naturally, this included hooking the applications, writing a web server, building infrastructure for creating and managing sessions, and client side code to interpret and dynamically generate pages using the hooked display data. It was certainly interesting.
Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?
I love learning and look forward to more (both new technologies and methodologies—really any ologies).
What technology is going to take over the world next?
I’m with Kurzweil on this one; I wait with bated breath for the rapidly approaching technological singularity.
What’s your favorite meme?
I’ve watched Nyan Cat over 9000 times.
What’s your favorite editor?
What programing language best describes you and why?
AWK for obvious reasons.
What do you like to do when you’re not coding?
I love music; I go to shows, play piano (mostly avant-garde “jazz”), and am learning flamenco guitar. I mix fancy drinks and cook fancy meals. The mint julep is my favorite cocktail. Discovering the best burger in Providence has become a minor passion. To combat the ill-effects of excessive julep imbibition and burger consumption, I’ve also picked up hiking and biking.
Welcome to the team, Will!