Meet the Team: Ron Pearl

From chat bots to cookies our new Senior Web Developer gives us the skinny on developer life.

Introducing our newest development expert, Ron Pearl.

What got the party started in terms of you pursuing development?

My brother was working in PHP back in 1999-2000 and I was working as a bowling mechanic. He showed me how awesome it was to write applications and I felt like I wanted to do it as well. My first door in was working at AOL as a regular customer service rep, and I just kept going from there.

You’ve put some miles in your career. What has surprised you about it? And what turned out just like you expected?

As I continue my career in development, it’s surprising to see how much the position has evolved. Gone are the days of the stigma for a coder of being a quiet introvert. Now anybody can do it if they are willing to put the time into learning and understanding that most of what we do is problem solving.

I don’t think I really expected anything beyond doing what I love to do: Be a coder.

Is there such a thing as a typical day in the life of a developer?

Not really. You could come in one day and have a bunch of tasks that you need to check out and prioritize in order to meet deadlines, while some days you may have an empty plate and you need to manufacture a problem to solve (aka, learn something new). I know my wife thinks I come to work, sit all day, and just play on a computer, but in reality it’s a non-stop rollercoaster of planning and thought processing.

Just look at all of the development services that the Bigfish offers to our clients – somebody’s gotta do them!

You’ve taken on a mentoring role at Bigfish. What kind of wisdom are you dispensing?

Over the years I’ve been a developer, I’ve branched out into a bunch of different aspects of coding, whether that’s working in different frameworks or just experiencing different working environments. A development role is constantly changing and coding practices are always being pushed to the limits, which turns out to be awesome because and I happen to enjoy trying new things and forcing myself to learn as much as possible as fast as possible. As a result, I think I possess a well enough rounded background to be helpful to anybody…Not to mention, I really do enjoy helping others succeed.

Give us the lowdown on your dream project.

I don’t know that I have a dream project. I am into sports and outdoors stuff, so I guess I would really enjoy building something within those genres. I’ve built an NFL pick’em website that my friends and I use personally, which has evolved over the years, and I always have fun working on that and making it better.

Give us the lowdown on your dream weekend.

My dream weekend would basically entail renting a nice cabin in the country on a lake, bringing a bunch of friends, and taking a boat out and fishing. I like to keep things simple.

It’s your turn to cook. What’s for dinner?

Ha, joke’s on you. I am married to a chef so I don’t do this much. Although, when I HAVE to do it, it’ll be something on the grill like a nice steak or wrapped shrimp.

This question has become obligatory: You’re surrounded at the office by actual (and self-proclaimed) “creatives.” Do you have any creative outlets?

I used to do photography and I certainly enjoyed getting out and doing landscape or nature photos. I also really enjoyed doing one of those painting party classes where you can bring your own beer. My wife and did this and I surprisingly ended up with a really nice painting.

A little bit country? A little bit rock n’ roll? A little bit (or a lot) of something else?

Lots of country, a good amount of rock and roll, and a little bit of console gaming. But, if I am not doing those things I’ll be with my daughter. She is my world alongside my wife, and I don’t know what I would do without them. Plus, they’re both crazy, and I’m not sure what they would do without me!

Sell me on a dude named Ron in 25 words or less.

I’m not for sale, but if I was, the target buyer would be someone looking for a well-rounded and actively progressive developer. I am someone with a love for family, a passion for nature, and a desire to be effectual at whatever I do.

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