Nathan Stone is Lead Developer at FreshForm. He went to the Art Institute of California: San Diego and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Web Design and Interactive Media. Nathan freelanced out of college for a year before he was introduced to a small five person company at the time, FreshForm. Nathan has been here ever since.
My role at FreshForm has always been a flexible one. I started as a Flash developer, but with the demise of my favorite platform, I slowly transitioned to a backend developer role. Nowadays, whether I’m building the backend of a CMS, helping with the frontend CSS, setting up the company photo booth, animating and editing video and motion graphics, or configuring client web hosting, even I don’t know what tomorrow will look like. Perhaps that’s the biggest misconception about what I do, because I never seem to do the same thing, everyone thinks I just do everything.
What website do you visit to stay up to date with trends?
Stack Overflow, Codepen, Gizmodo, Engadget, TechCrunch. There are a million more and they change every day.
What advice do you have for a young developer?
Always keep an open mind to the tools/languages/frameworks you’re using. The web development field changes daily, and your favorite whatever might be outdated tomorrow. Constantly experiment, otherwise the aforementioned speed of change will leave you behind. Continuously question your own methods. A comfortable developer is one that isn’t pushing him/herself and will usually find themselves out of the loop. Embrace the DRY (don’t repeat yourself) frame of thought. A lazy developer is one who innovates to make coding easier. Find something else you love to do that may not be related to development. Tinker with electronics, photography, carpentry, crochet, whatever keeps your brain humming and your interests piqued.
What is your favorite gadget (high tech or low tech)?
Canon 5D MkIV, or DJI Phantom 3 Pro, depending on if I want to take a picture from down low or up high.
What is your favorite lunch spot?
Anywhere with beer.