We're excited to get to know our new Back-End Developer Christina Branson.
What are you looking forward to the most about joining the team here at AYC?
I love the atmosphere at AYC Media and I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from the other back-end developers.
Describe a typical day for you in the office.
A typical day for me involves fixing bugs and developing functionality enhancements.
What were you doing before you joined the team?
My previous job was working as the primary web developer for a defense-oriented startup in Huntsville, AL. I mostly developed e-commerce websites, but I also worked on an enterprise utility meter data aggregation website for the Army Corps of Engineers. I left that job in order to move back home to Philadelphia, but I took some time off in between and traveled to Thailand and Cambodia.
Have any interesting hobbies?
I enjoy walking and exploring Philadelphia. I game in my spare time and I also play the ukulele. I’ve attempted to brew my own beer a few times, but so far I haven’t made anything that tastes even remotely pleasant.
What’s your go-to music when you’re working?
I listen to a lot of electronica and dubstep while working.
Tell us something unique about yourself, a fun fact that we don't know.
While living in Alabama, I went storm chasing a number of times looking for tornadoes. I’ve been within a few miles of one, but I’ve never seen one directly. It’s still on my bucket list.
Want to share with us a project you have worked on in the past that you are most proud of?
I participated in a math-based research group a few years ago doing research involving Machine Learning while I was working on my masters at the University of Alabama Huntsville. We mathematically proved theorems making up the base of machine learning, then I coded up the algorithms into MATLAB. The end result was a little program that could read handwritten digits (and some letters), a presentation about the math, algorithms and our testing results to the math department at UAH.
Have you seen any industry trends recently that inspired you?
I'm really impressed by all the tools and frameworks out there now that really speed up development time. Programmers can more quickly get to writing functionality and making enhancements (which is the fun part). Smarter development tools are also changing the way we write and document code and it'll be interesting to see what the future holds.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
My previous boss instilled on me that pretty much anything is possible if you’re willing to get creative about a solution.