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Happy Programmer’s Day – Spokeo Programmer Q&A

Written by September 13, 2013


Today is Friday the 13th, but more importantly, it’s programmer’s day! Now, if Jason Vorhees were a programmer by trade, instead of a hockey-masked murderer, that would lead to one heckuva celebration.

Since that’s not the case, instead we’ll kick off with a quick Q&A from one of our fierce female programmers, Asma. She’s been coding away here for almost two years and has worked tirelessly on projects with our backend team. Ladies and gentlemen of the Spokeo Blog, Meet Asma…

What is programmer’s day?

Hello! Programmer’s day is celebrated on the 256th day of the year, because 256 is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte, a value well-known to all programmers. (Source wikipedia).   

What motivated you to become a programmer?

I find programming to be challenging and fun. I am really proud to be a programmer because I am able to provide solutions that users most likely never knew existed. Technology has always been fascinating to me and that was my biggest motivation to become a developer.  

Tell us about a day in the life of a programmer at Spokeo.

Working as a developer at Spokeo has been an amazing experience. Challenges are thrown at you everyday and as I solve them one after the other. It gives me great satisfaction, confidence, and momentum to keep going forward.  

What is your proudest programming moment?

My proudest moment as a developer was when I made my first contribution to the open source community working at Spokeo. I would like to thank David Butler (Project Manager and lead Software Architect for Spokeo) for encouraging me and guiding me through this process. This was my first opportunity where I could give back to the society from where I get to learn so much.   

When did you learn to code?

I have been programming for almost 5 years now in various technologies and platforms and I am always focused on producing quality code. I was the only female programmer at my first job back in India and I was the first female programmer at Spokeo. I have been to a few ruby meetups in LA and have seen very few women engineers there as well.

How do you plan to celebrate programmer’s day?

I think we should use this day as an opportunity to create more awareness among young women and reach out to kids, (especially girls) at an early stage to generate their interest in technology and programming. 

Here’s wishing all of you a very happy programmer’s day and may your code always be clean and bug free! I’m off to celebrate with my team. 

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Director of Public Relations & Community Initiatives

Vanessa joined Spokeo in 2012 and oversees all social media, media relations and community relations efforts for Spokeo. She is especially passionate about Spokeo programs focused on search and reunion and promoting STEM careers for women and children. During her free time, she enjoys writing, DIY home decor and crafts, and eating dessert!

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