5 Questions with George Jaray

March 11, 2015

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5 Questions with George Jaray

One might expect that Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in Philadelphia, but that honor actually goes to the tiny hamlet of Chester in New York’s Hudson Valley. Chester and its rich fields were ideal for supporting the local dairy farms that produced the region’s celebrated butter and cheese. It also happens to be the place George Jaray, the newest member of the GeekHive development team, calls home.

The fourth child of Leanne and George Sr., George was drawn to taking things apart and discovering how they worked. Although he enrolled in a programming class in high school, and often programmed for fun, it wasn’t until he began pursuing a degree in Biology that he realized he’d rather be coding. He changed his major and graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2014. The rest, as they say, is history.


George's gecko                     George's dog

 Behold! George’s beloved pets: Sceptile, the leopard gecko and Arabella, a Shitzu-Maltese mix.


In 140 characters or less, what is back-end web development?

It’s the gears that keep applications and pages running. It’s all the moving parts and clever logic making computers do what they do. 

 

If a website were a cake, back-end web development would be… ?

The batter. It’s the stuff that makes up the bulk of the cake. It can be made in many different ways. All different flavors of cake/back-end, but at the end of day you wind up with a website/cake. Both eventually are covered up by pretty stuff to make it look more appealing, but the bulk of it is below the pretty.

 

What are some creative ways you’ve used your back-end development skills?

I created an application for creating characters in Dungeons & Dragons with a friend. I’ve also played with writing some mods for the game Don’t Starve.

 

What are some of your go-to books, links, or resources for back-end web development?

Stack Overflow is my go to source for all of my development questions. I also use MSDN for any generic questions about C#, since that’s where you find all of C#’s documentation

 

As a new team member, what are you most excited about working on or leaning about? Any advice for those starting out?

I’m excited to learn in general. I’m fairly fresh out of college, so anything I can learn is cool. The main thing I’ve been learning about is Javascript and it’s different from most of the programming I did in college.

My advice for anyone just starting out is a quote from Douglas Adams… “Don’t Panic”. There’s a lot to learn, but the resources to learn them are all there. Take one step at a time and don’t worry about mistakes. Everyone makes them.

 

Heather Waters

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