I’m Mark Henderson and I have been a Developer at Code String for two and a half years.
When I was a child I had a fascination with complicated machines and wanted to be an engineer. Unfortunately, it turned out that I have almost no manual skills at all – wood splits and metal warps as soon as I go near it with a tool. Years of DIY disasters confirmed that I would never be able to make real machines. Coding lets me build very complex machines without having to contend with real world materials.
This week I have been fixing lots of little bugs in a newly-released management system, and looking into why some orders were rejected on one system (turned out to be bad data so the system was correctly rejecting them. That’s always a relief!). I have also added some user-requested interface improvements to a complicated web page; and written a data importer for another system to bring its customer data up-to-date using an export from their accounting system. There is often a lot of variety in my tasks.
A break from it all is important and I like to get away from my screen at lunch time. I tend to eat my packed lunch while reading a good book outside of the office.
National Coding Week runs from 19th – 25th September 2016. To celebrate the world of coding and do our bit to encourage more people to join us, we are blogging every day this week about the day in the life of a coder.