Meet the Team: Kevin Jason
Regardless of the team being comprised of energetic youth soccer players or opinionated software developers, Kevin "Coach" Jason always whips them into shape.
Q. How Long have you been a developer for?
Q. How did you get started?
When I was a kid, I got my first computer which was a Texas Instruments TI -99. There was a language that was used to develop on that system which was called Basic. Ever since then, I’ve always been into technology. I’ve always had a mathematical and logical mind so that it was an easy transition for me.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the team that we have and the people that I get to work with on a daily basis. Makes coming into work much more enjoyable and it makes me more productive knowing that I have such a good team around me that we are all striving for the same thing.
Q. Biggest/hardest project you have ever worked on?
About seven years ago, I worked on a project for a former major league baseball player. I worked with him closely to develop a scouting software package where he maintained individual scouting reports for, not only major league baseball players, but players in Japan, the Pacific rim, and his methodology of scouting was very different than anything they do for typical baseball scouting. There were a lot of challenges there because there were no other competitors to go by and/or compare results. So it was a very intensive and a lot of very important eyes were on the results that were coming out of the software. It was a very cool project.
Q. Best resource you have found for your work?
Google and Stack Overflow.
Q. How do you keep up with industry developments?
I get daily emails from a variety of organizations at different levels, for example, CIO Daily, Infoworld Big Data Report, Infoworld App Dev, etc. Those help me see where some trends are going.
Q. What is the most challenging part about being a developer?
Keeping up with technology and knowing when to make the leap to the next greatest thing because things are always changing. And you have to let the dust settle and wait until things get vetted out before jumping into it but you also can’t wait too long, because then you’re behind the learning curve. It’s a tough challenge to keep on the right path and always have an accurate road map.
Q. How do you think the field will change within the next decade?
If you use these last ten years as a gauge, the trend was for everything to get bigger from a visual perspective as in monitors, etc. and then that quickly went to what’s the smallest piece of phone gadget I can get into my pocket. Now that’s turned back into everyone having a big huge phone with an Ipad, so I think we will continue to see a lot of these cyclical consumer products from a technology point of view, but at the end of the day, the only thing we can really do is do more and better artificial intelligence.
Q. Advice for future developers?
Start with a small startup company to get the most experience in a lot of areas in the industry. When you work for bigger companies you tend to get slotted into doing certain things on a daily basis. With a smaller company, you’ll work a lot harder but you’ll gain a lot more experience because you’ll be involved in a lot more aspects in the everyday workload.
Q. If you had to code in 1 language for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Q. How do you spend your free time?
With my family. Love spending time with my kids, all we do is laugh and have fun.
Q. Favorite movie?
If it’s a tie, can I get two? Superman II and The Wizard of Oz.
Q. Favorite snack from the kitchen?
My favorite snack is when Emily brings snacks for everyone. When you walk in the kitchen and see those treats, that’s the best.
Q. Favorite video game?
Q. Favorite restaurant?
Any Japanese hibachi.
Q. Dream vacation?
Q. Favorite website to kill time?
I’m a political junkie, so anything political.
Q. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I was a manager for Chili's restaurant in Copley Square Boston. Enough said.
Q. How do you learn new technologies?
In that, I’m more of a follower than a leader. With people like Ryan and Sumit, I tend to follow what they are more focused/leading on. Previously I was more in that role, but in this position, I’ve been more of a follower with the team I have around me who are more specialized in that.
Q. Do you have any special secret talents?
Q. Delivery or Digiorno?
Q. Coke or Pepsi?
Q. Marvel or DC Comics?