For our most recent installment of our “Meet the RocketBuilder” series, we bring you Tyler Weiss, Senior Developer. Tyler brings so much to the team that it’d be hard to mention everything, but a few of our favorites are his passion for learning and teaching, his experience with app security, and his famous homemade turtle soup.
Q & A with Tyler
Q: What is your role at RocketBuild?
A: Senior Developer
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Video games, tinkering with electronics, and learning about tech & physics when my brain has the capacity. I also like to play soccer when I can find pickup games.
Q: What are you super passionate about?
A: Science, continuous education, and people. I want to learn, and I want to share. I want others to be excited about learning.
Q: What languages do you prefer to code in?
A: Python for the ease of use and flexibility. C++ for electronics & speed. PHP for familiarity of it with web development; it is everywhere.
Q: If you had to stay up all night, what drinks and snacks would you need to keep you going?
A: Chai spiced-tea and any snack.
Q: What got you into your career?
A: Curiosity and really great teachers in high school. I grew up at the perfect time… the world wide web was a window to a bigger world for someone growing up outside of a town surrounded by fields of corn and woods. The web meant a wider community of sharing. Also, to be honest, video games helped push me towards this career. After a while, I knew I could no longer simply be a user of these things, I had to pry back the curtains and take a step into Oz.
Q: What’s your favorite type of project or client to work with?
A: My favorite types of projects are when we get to articulate the problem from scratch. Then, through developments’ collaboration, we formulate possible solutions with prototyping. My favorite clients are invested in the idea of exploring and discovering solutions, and they understand that there is a process.
Q: Fun Fact:
A: I have been extremely fortunate to visit CERN and see the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (world’s biggest machine). Also, since it was developed there, I got to see the first web server developed by Tim Berners-Lee, which was kind of poetic as a web developer.
Random fun fact that is not about me:
“According to the famous double slit experiment, if you observe which of two slits light passes through, you force it to behave like a particle. If you don’t, and observe where it lands on a screen behind the slits, it behaves like a wave. But if you wait for it to pass through the slit, and then observe which way it came through, it will retroactively force it to have passed through one or the other. This means, causality is working backwards: the present is affecting the past.”