An interview with a KCOM Software Engineer for Coding Week

Published: Monday 18th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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It’s National Coding Week, so we had a chat with one of KCOM’s software engineers, Danny Kay, to discover more about what’s involved in the job.

Hi, Danny! For those that have no clue what a coder is, can you explain it a little?

Technology is everywhere, the majority of people have smartphones, tablets and computers and they interact with technology on a daily basis. A coder is someone who contributes to building an experience that can be delivered to a user or customer using some sort of technology.

That experience could be buying products from a website, or checking the football results on an app using an iPhone. In most scenarios, a coder will be responsible for how the user interacts with the application and how relevant data is delivered and displayed to the user.

So what does your everyday job include at KCOM?

I work as a Software Engineer, so I am part of an agile sprint team that delivers web applications that support KCOM customers in Hull and East Yorkshire, offering e-commerce and self-service.

What is the best part of your job?

Seeing ideas come to life; changing ideas from notes on a piece of paper to working web applications. It is a great feeling and fills you with accomplishment. Also, seeing users interacting with products that I’ve had an input on designing and developing.

Another one is working with different technology stacks. At KCOM we use the Microsoft stack, which means we write a lot of C# and ASP.NET, but, when I’m working on a project outside of work, I’ll use JavaScript, TypeScript, Angular and React for the majority of the project.

The community is a great one too – there are always meetups and networking events happening, where you can meet some cool and interesting people. No two projects are the same. I’ve recently started working on a project in my own time, which has meant learning a lot of new cool stuff and developing in areas I haven’t before, which can be challenging at times but is also super rewarding.

Is there a downside to being a coder?

I love learning, but learning takes time. There have been a couple of times where I’ve hacked together a solution for a problem then read a book, or watched a video on that particular subject, and found a better way to solve the original problem.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Don’t give up! However long something takes you, celebrate the small wins, and repetition is key. The more code you write, the more you’ll get to grips and understand what’s going on. Start with the basics and don’t move on from the basics until you fully understand them.

For more resources and to find out more about becoming a coder, visit the National Coding Week website.

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Published: Monday 18th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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