For our most recent installment of our “Meet the RocketBuilder” series, we bring you Tyler Weiss, Senior Software Developer. Tyler brings extreme diligence to each and every software project at RocketBuild — ensuring scalability and long-term success. In a previous role, Tyler was responsible for architecting and building enterprise platforms deployed in 100s of markets with more than 100 million users. He has a passion for learning and teaching, experience with app security, and is regionally famous for his homemade turtle soup.
Q & A with Tyler Weiss
Q: What is your role at RocketBuild, and what does it entail?
A: Senior Software Developer, which entails performing code reviews, mentoring developers to establish good practices, collaborating and planning integrations of new features in a project’s codebase, server troubleshooting, database spelunking, and finding and fixing web application vulnerabilities (a self-imposed responsibility).
Q: What three words might people use to describe you?
A: Inquisitive, collaborative, and humorous
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: Describe your educational experience?
A: I studied Informatics with a Telecommunications cognate at IU.
Q: Describe your professional experience?
A: I have been working in some way, shape, or form with web technologies and software since late 2007.
Q: What is your current favorite coding language or framework?
A: Python for the ease of use and flexibility. PHP for familiarity of it with web development; it is everywhere.
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: 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 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: If you had to stay up all night for a hackathon, what drinks and snacks would you need to keep you going?
A: Chai spiced-tea and any snack.
Q: Favorite local lunch spot?
A: Siam Square
Q: Favorite band or artist?
A: I don’t really do favorites or follow any bands/artists. I’m always exploring new playlists and finding great new music all the time.
Q: Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
A: Lucerne, Germany
Q: A fun fact about yourself?
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.
Q: A random fun fact?
A: 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.