We hope you've been enjoying getting to know the MiniCorp team! This week, we introduce you to the Steve Thornton, our senior software engineer.
What I do at MiniCorp: Primarily I’m a software developer, working mostly with Ruby on Rails and iOS. I also work on our DevOps stuff with the goal of making developer life easier via continuous integration and testing.
In a previous life, I was... Certainly not a software developer! Probably something equally creative, I have always liked sketching (although out of practice these days) so maybe an artist. Either that or a caterpillar.
My essential work kit includes: My workspace if pretty basic. Just give me a comfortable chair (none of this standing desk nonsense) and a Macbook Pro and I’ll be grand.
The last app I opened was... Duolingo – my fifth trip to Brazil is coming up and my Portuguese is still pretty basic. I like to use Duolingo for around 15-30 minutes in the morning before I leave for work. It allows me to wake up fully and gets the brain going.
My favourite app is... Spotify, I use it every day, it drowns out the noise of the city during rush hour. I think it looks great and is simple to use both mobile and tablet versions. Especially useful is the offline functionality which I always use to save a few playlists before getting on a plane.
iOS or Android? iOS - my first smartphone was a white iPhone 3GS, I loved the curved back and it was nice and fast (at the time – it soon slowed down after a few iterations of iOS!). As soon as I got my first iPhone I started developing for it and have had iPhones ever since.
My favourite thing to do in Dublin is... Just wandering the city over the weekend with no real plan, stopping for a coffee, a beer or a bite to eat. It’s a great city when you are able to relax and just enjoy it as opposed to the hustle and bustle of midweek life.
Fun fact: I am the chief shipper of code in the office. The evidence being the huge mural on the wall. I was initially against using my name but it’s growing on me...