Welcome to “Inside Wercker,” where we introduce you to one of our team members. This time we’ll get to know Aaron. You can follow him on twitter.
Who are you and what do you do at Wercker?
My name is Aaron Rice, and I am the lead solutions architect at Wercker, which I usually say means that I'm a software engineer that gets to talk to people.
When did you know that you wanted to be a developer?
Sometime between the ages of 5 and 10, when I was trying to make copyright-infringing Star Trek text-based RPG games in BASIC or getting a copy of Red Hat Linux I found in the back of a library book running on my 266Mhz Pentium II computer in my bedroom.
...This eventually caught fire and tried to kill me one night.
At some point after the Great Fire of Aaron's Bedroom 2002, I moved over to web-based development in Perl, and landed on PHP as my goto language in the mid 2000s. I'm entirely self-taught, and have worked with some talented engineers throughout my professional career, where I've carried out contracts for large financial institutions, government entities, startups, and large-corporates alike.
I found my niche/passion in the infra side of development, and jumped on the DevOps bandwagon early. This lead to me forming and heading up an Infrastructure team at a large fintech startup in London.
What attracted you to Wercker?
I had the pleasure of meeting Mies in Wercker's early days whilst I was stuck using Jenkins and found its containerisation approach (pre-Docker days!) to be a godsend for usability. I've been a fan ever since.
I was originally going to write some content for the marketing team, but jumped at the chance to come on board in this hybrid role of solutions architect / customer success / data-science / support / assistant to the regional Marketing Comms Manager.
What software do you use?
Either vim or Sublime as a text editor, depending on what I'm working on. My goto scripting language is Python these days, but am pretty comfortable writing a bunch of different languages.
What side projects are you proud of?
I have run a load of affiliate marketing / side project sites over the years for some pocket money, with traffic mostly driven via organic SEO. My other side projects are usually music-based or a motorbike in pieces in my garden.
Where would we run into you when you’re not sitting behind a computer?
When I'm able to drag myself away from the screen I'm usually sitting in-front of another screen making music, or when I want to drag myself away from the computer seat, I sit in an aeroplane or motorbike seat.
If none of the above are available I hang out with my cat, Rogue. We like to sit together.
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