Omaha Media Group

Who’s Who at Omaha Media Group: John

Lead Developer at Omaha Media Group

First Name:
John

Office Nickname:
"Hey John, do you have a minute?"

What the heck do you do here?
I don’t really remember. I think I make the clicks work on the websites and apps we develop. Apparently, that’s a senior-level position…or so they tell me. I also draw stuff on our cool whiteboard walls. When I’m feeling feisty, I boss Corey (our Junior developer) around and make him do things so that I don’t have to.

How do you take your coffee?
I don’t…unless it’s in Mt. Dew format.

Describe your daily at Omaha Media Group:
After I zombie-walk into the offices, I’ll check our project management software for tasks due that day or the following, check our ticketing system for any issues that need my attention, check emails, and any slack messages I may have received. I’ll then organize my day, making sure I save a sizeable chunk of time for my current project(s) (which usually gets eaten into). I’ll usually start with about ½ hour or so of SEO changes to our sites. Then, I just try to work through my list. Several times a week I’ll also be involved in client or project planning meetings, QA sessions, project reviews, etc.

What’s your favorite tool to use?
ExpressionEngine

Do you have a desk/office essential?  If so, what?
Yes, my Cubs coasters and my Stella mailbox.

If you could offer up one piece of industry advice, what would it be?
School’s a great place to learn to program. So are books and online courses. However, once you’re done with those, you have to keep learning and keep doing projects, even if you don’t get paid for them. If you want to be a web developer, make a really nice portfolio site as one of those projects. I’ve been a web developer for over 10 years and I’m still learning new things on a daily basis. You’re never going to know everything but the goal is to be exceptional at what you do, even if that means focusing on fewer languages. Almost always, an expert in several languages trumps someone who is basically competent at many languages.

What’s your social platform of choice?
YouTube, although I don’t use it socially. After that, Facebook even though it frustrates me.

What are you listening to?
Corey eat and talk about food.

Favorite industry-knowledge-gaining resource:
Google/StackOverflow (Google is usually how I find the StackOverflow thread I need to troubleshoot). Anything with documentation. EE-Hub helps me come up with cool ideas and methods to implement into our ExpressionEngine websites.

Happy hour drink:
Blue Moon w/ an orange. Or Shock Top if that’s not available.

Fun fact about yourself:
Probably one of the coolest things I’ve done is when my brother and I drove to Pittsburgh and got to be in the football scene of the Dark Knight Rises. We’re actually noticeable in several shots of the movie. Just look for two tall guys with big, yellow foam fingers in the center of the screen as everyone is standing up at the end of the National Anthem.


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