It is our great honor to introduce to one of the
finest Canadians to have ever walked the forums (if
not the planet),
TheCanadian aka Jesse Marangoni:
What do you
I thought I'd ask/answer this question because what I do
day to day actually has nothing to do with programming or
design. I picked up Flash and ActionScript in high school as
a hobby and have continued dabbling with it over the years.
I'm currently acquiring a BSc majoring in biology for use as
a pre-medical degree and work on a ranch in the off-time
currently your favourite project/piece of work and why?
Programming wise? I've done a lot of pretty neat (at
least I think so) experiments over the years. Of the about
1000 ideas I've thought of I've only completed a handful;
the rest are either half-finished and sitting on my computer
wasting space or are in the back of my mind. Although none
of them are exactly mind-bogglingly awesome, a few of these
projects stand out as milestones for me in my programming
Swirling Line Thing
The equation parser is by far my favourite and since then
I have actually changed the code quite considerably and
introduced a bunch of new features. I would like to someday
complete it and use it to make a graphing application but at
the same time the idea of doing that sounds incredibly
boring to me right now so it will probably sit for a while.
Work wise? I recently taught myself how to inject
antibiotics and other drugs directly into the jugular vein
of calves which I think is pretty cool.
Last semester I transformed E. coli bacteria to make them
resistant to ampicillin as well as fluorescent under UV
light using a plasmid called pGLO. Useful? No. Awesome? Yes.
I heard someone made a rabbit that glows using this same
DNA. Why not?!
What is your design or development tool of choice? What
would you change to improve it?
Well currently I mostly use my brain to compile all of
the code I write since it is all to help answer questions on
( source - wikipedia )
Unfortunately its error checking isnít
anything to be proud of. My favourite development tool of
all time is definitely Flash since it is so easy to write
code and compile all in the same IDE. I love ActionScript
because itís very easy to go from a few lines of code to a
cool application in a short amount of time. Thatís not to
say it isnít a very powerful language though and it
continues to make strides forward.
Unfortunately my current
version of Flash is 8 so whenever I need to compile AS3 code
I use the free compiler from Adobe and FlashDevelop. I
really enjoy FlashDevelopís code completion but for ease of
use Flash always has a place for me. Plus I hear its code
completion has improved greatly since Flash 8.
you motivated to wake up daily and go to work?
I enjoy my job most of the time but the prospect of money
is also a big motivator.
How fast can
you eat lunch while typing?
I still hunt and peck and, despite the fact that Iím
incredibly fast, being forced to shove food in my mouth with
one hand effectively cuts my typing speed in half.
believe a formal education is beneficial for the type of
work that you do?
Definitely not, itís all about experience or being part
of the family. Fortunately I meet both qualifications.
If you had to
be a dinosaur, which one would you want to be?
The one that kills Tyrannosaurus Rex...
( Godzilla...maybe? )
I hope you all enjoyed this series of questions and answers,
and thanks to TheCanadian for answering them.
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