Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

dotcraft welcomes Jamie to the team.
Jamie is a seasoned developer who brings a wealth of experience to the team. We cant wait for Jamie to dive into our code!

Welcome to the team Jamie, we like to do a little Q&A with all our newest team members, we love a good chat, so here goes

So Jamie, welcome to the team! As you know we like to have a little Q&A, so lets start things off with the big one..

Why did you choose to become a developer?

Since childhood, I've been captivated by coding. Even as a youngster tinkering with a ZX-Spectrum 64k, I crafted small programs to display my name and age on the screen. My insatiable curiosity about how things function fuels my coding fervour. Even, when I as an Infrastructure Manager, I remained deeply engaged in coding, constructing static HTML websites and implementing Umbraco Websites.

What are the challenges you've faced in your career as a developer?

Navigating new and existing projects as a developer can often feel like scaling a daunting mountain. To conquer this challenge, I immerse myself in the project, soaking up every bit of information and knowledge available. I'm not afraid to ask questions when uncertainties arise, as clarity is key to progress. Over time, as my career has advanced, this process has become more manageable. Similarly, when collaborating with multiple developers, ensuring everyone is on the same page regarding deliverables requires clear communication and shared understanding, a principle I uphold diligently.

Got a good developer joke?

Why are C# developers always calm?

…..Because they handled exceptions with ease!

What is your favourite thing about being a developer?

Being able to witness the tangible impact of a project or application, knowing that it has resolved challenges and streamlined internal processes for our customers, brings immense satisfaction to my role. It's truly gratifying to see the positive outcomes and to realise that I've been involved in every step of the development process, witnessing firsthand how these solutions have made a difference.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

I’d love to go to New Zealand, just to explore the vast landscapes and National Parks

What are you most looking forward to now you are part of the dotcraft team?

Coming from a medium-sized company background, I'm excited to work and contribute with a talented, friendly team of people and diving into a variety of new projects. This allows me to continuously expand my expertise as a Senior Developer while also providing opportunities to share my knowledge with colleagues and peers.

How do you keep up to date with the latest trends?

I keep myself updated by regularly consulting the latest Microsoft Docs on C# & .NET, ensuring I'm abreast of the most recent updates and patches for Optimizely and Umbraco. Additionally, I stay informed through various Microsoft blogs like Reddit, .NET Blog, and C# Corner. To further enhance my skills and explore new concepts, I often delve into courses on Pluralsight. Recently, I achieved the Optimizely 'Content Cloud Developer' certification, further solidifying my expertise in the field.

(Random question generator) What's one of your favourite movie quotes?

Humm, I think it would be “You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” from the original Italian Job



I'm excited to work and contribute with a talented, friendly team of people and diving into a variety of new projects

Finally, what question would you like to ask the next new team member?

If you were asked to play a character in a new upcoming console game, what genre and character would it be?