GEO Jobe has been serving our clients and partners since 1999 but you may not be too familiar with the faces behind the company. We thought it would be fun to introduce some of the talented crew behind the company to our readers, users, customers, and partners. We’ve shared a short Q & A with our talented application developer, Jamie Thompson to help get to know her a little better and learn a little more about our team.
Jamie Thompson, Application Developer
Q: What is your role at GEO Jobe?
A: Web application developer.
Q: What is your Educational/Professional background?
A: I graduated with my computer science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. While I was an intern with the NASA DEVELOP program at the John C. Stennis Space Center.
Q: What were you up to before life at GEO Jobe?
A: I joined GEO Jobe after I completed school, so I was just doing my internship and school. I had a job at Lowe’s for a while as well.
Q: What attracted you to joining the GEO Jobe team?
A: Being able to combine my programming knowledge I learned in school with the GIS knowledge I gained from my NASA DEVELOP experience.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
A: I play a lot of games, mostly video games, and I like to attend gaming conventions when they come around. Also, I spend time where I can learning more about programming like a new framework, a different language, etc.
Q: Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog or source of inspiration?
A: I like to follow some people on Instagram and twitter. I find some nice articles or blogs through there sometimes, like Lillian Pierson’s (@bigDataGal) blog on Data-Mania (data science, etc). I’ve also met some other programmers through there that I talk to sometimes and we even help each other out a little as well.
Q: What kind of technology do you prefer and why? (Mac or PC, iOS or Android, and other cool tech)
A: I prefer PC, my boyfriend and I enjoy building our own PCs – from gaming PCs to mining servers. I’ve used Windows forever, so it’s an environment I’m comfortable with and it’s easy to use. It’s stable and I can find fixes to any issues I have pretty easily. I like to use linux sometimes for development, it’s easy to install everything I need, has great tools, is efficient, and it’s open source so I could tweak something if I really wanted to.
I prefer Android to iOS, I like that it has more flexibility (how many different phones/tablets I can choose from that use Android, it’s more customizable, split screen multitasking, etc.). Also Android is open source so again if I really wanted to tweak anything I could or find something cool that someone else has done. But at the end of the day both of these are ultimately just the preference of the user, these are just my preferences. 🙂
Q: You recently relocated to Austin. How do you like remote working and also, how is Austin life?
A: Working remote is definitely an adjustment, but I found my groove and I’m liking it so far. Austin life is great so far! It’s definitely different from what I’m used to in an awesome way.
Q: Can you share something about a cool project you worked on lately?
A: I’ve just recently been wrapping up a project for Oncor and moving onto more work for them. I’ll be utilizing React for this new project, so I’m excited for that.
Q: Is there one or two things on your desk or in your office that you absolutely couldn’t do without?
A: I fidget a lot, I’ve broken and chewed so many writing utensils to the point of unusable, sooooo I bought a fidget cube which I use often. I think I typically have 2-4 cups or bottles of different drinks scattered around my desk and a snack/candy of some sort. Other than that, the obvious of mouse, keyboard, etc.
Thanks for playing along with us Jamie! You can always connect with Jamie via our contact form and you can also connect with her on Twitter @jamjamdev.
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