Jean Silva is the newest software engineer to join the Pixafy team, bringing a well-rounded programming background that makes him a great addition. We asked him our standard interview questions as he was settling in:
Q: Where are you originally from? Do you still have family there? Do you have any siblings? If so, what do they do? Any significant/insignificant others?
I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, most of my family now lives in Ilha Grande, an island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The island is a part of the Atlantic Forest reserves, so it’s extremely well-preserved and peaceful. My father is an auto body technician and lives in Connecticut. I have 3 siblings. My brother owns 2 cyber cafes. My older sister manages a boat-tour agency. My younger sister is a sophomore in high school. (more…)
In a previous post, we shared our team’s notes of common mistakes developers make in WordPress. Of course, here at Pixafy we work on multiple platforms, so we now turn our attention to Magento.
Having completed numerous Magento sites here at Pixafy, and numerous certified developers on staff, we have seen it all! Our team has again compiled some great tips to avoid making mistakes. We break it down evenly, with four tips for front-end developers and designers, and four for programmers and engineers: (more…)
Women in Tech: Why women are not taken as seriously as men in the tech industry and what obstacles women need to overcome to make ensure that they leave their mark in the technology field.
After recently attending the Women in Tech: Tech Panel at the AlleyNYC last week, I was able to listen to a few extremely successful women in the tech industry and pull what I believed to be:
The Top 5 Reasons Women allow themselves to succumb themselves to a certain ‘bold-less’, ‘lady-like’ stereotype in the industry:
Here at Pixafy, I’ve built a fair share of WordPress sites. I have learned over time that whether the site is a blog, a grid of images or even a one page site, once I understood the WordPress structure, I was able to customize WordPress to what fit my needs at the time. This understanding led to developing a few practices to make this process easier each time. (more…)
I remember the late 90’s as an era of both pop and if you lived in my neighborhood, reggae. It was an age where the closest thing to anime on American Television was Sailor Moon, and N64 was still new. Not every household had a computer, and AOL was the best thing since sliced bread. (more…)
Last time we looked at select boxes and how to hide them in a technique we call “Hidden Box.” I am going to take you through a different approach to making a style select box. But this technique doesn’t use a drop down box at all! That’s why it’s called:
“The Total Faker” (more…)
Large-scale sites can be a large learning experience. The lessons I learned from my first experience with a larger site has helped me become a better designer.
Projects tend to run over a long span of months and with each project change is inevitable. Designs change, functionality changes, minds in general change. I’m one of those people who actually use calendars, stick to my planned appointments, and I keep my pinky promises. I’m so used to life having a plan that when plans changed, I wished that I had written my code to be more flexible. This is both for not only my sake, but the engineer’s, too. (more…)
Just recently I’ve had my first big experience working with jQuery mobile (jQM) for a client, and I want to share some of the basics that I learned along the way. I’d worked with mobile sites before, but this takes mobile development a giant step forward. (more…)
Q: Where are you originally from? Do you still have family there? Do you have any siblings? If so, what do they do? Any significant/insignificant others? Pets?
Patrick: I was born in New Jersey, and I’ve lived there my entire life. Most of my family is still there too, but a few have scattered across the country. I have one older brother; he does medical insurance consulting. I don’t have any pets right now, but I grew up with three cats. (more…)