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Jun 21 2013

Welcoming Paul Tyng to MojoTech

We’d like to welcome Paul Tyng to the engineering team at MojoTech. We asked Paul some questions, and here’s what he had to say:

What jobs or experiences led you to your new job at MojoTech?

I ended up in the area because my wife started going to graduate school at the University of Connecticut for a masters in puppetry. Looking around for jobs in the area didn’t really yield many companies that matched my ideal of software development. In MojoTech I feel like I’ve found a place that is as into software craftsmanship as I am. One that doesn’t just focus on delivering a project quickly, but delivering a project that is high quality and will meet the client’s needs for years to come (which will ultimately save them money).

Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?

I’ve worked on quite a few interesting ones, but I think my favorite so far was one which used collective intelligence techniques to offer much more relevant information to users of a CMS. There wasn’t anything extremely exciting about the implementation, the algorithms used were pretty well worn territory (Tanimoto/Jaccard), but for me I think it really showed me the power of the crowd and has changed the way I think about doing things on the Internet.

Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?

The majority of my history has been in a Microsoft stack up until recently, so I’m really looking forward to expanding my technical tool belt to include some new technologies, which I think will make me a better developer overall.

What technology is going to take over the world next?

Atwood’s Law: any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript.

What’s your favorite meme?

Hampster dance? I don’t know, they all kind of run together.

What’s your favorite editor?

Well, like I said, coming from the Microsoft world, I mostly used Visual Studio, but so far in Ruby I’ve been using RubyMine, and I’ve been really getting into doing more right in the Chrome dev tools. It seems like it’s almost become its own IDE.

What programming language best describes you and why?

As you could probably tell from previous answers, I’m really into JavaScript. We both got into programming around the same time and have picked up a lot of new tricks.

What do you like to do when you’re not coding?

Are we supposed to be doing something else besides coding?

I co-founded an online custom fit clothing company with a friend (http://www.ratioclothing.com), so sometimes I take a look at code there. I also code just for self-improvement and learning in my free time, as well. Outside that, though, I like to spend time with my wife and friends, and I fill in the leftover time with books and video games.

Welcome to the team, Paul!

—Nick Kishfy (@kishfy)

Nick Kishfy