DocCentrics introduces Daniel Chenery to the development team
A warm welcome to Daniel Chenery. Our newest member of the DocCentrics development team who is here to help continue the technical evolution of our products and solutions.
Daniel has advanced knowledge of an assortment of coding languages and best practices, as well as a drive (and the knack) for problem solving. He also has a Level 2 qualification in Leadership & Management (ILM) and is an Umbraco CMS Certified Expert.
DocCentrics CTO Ben Martin had this to say:
"Dan is a self-starter. He pursued a career in development after finishing college rather than heading to university. He took on the challenge of teaching himself and quickly excelled. I like developers like Dan. They bring a different dynamic to the team and can often offer 'outside the box' solutions to problems. He is a great addition to our growing team of techies."
Question time with Daniel
Q: You know a lot of different coding languages, but do you have a favourite? Is it even possible to have a favourite?
A: C#. Which is lucky really as that's what we use here at DocCentrics! You know what you're getting with C#. It's strict but in a good way - unlike some other languages (PHP for instance).
Q: So we know you're a developer, but what other skills have you got up your sleeves?
A: I worked security at the London 2012 Olympics, so I have a (probably out of date) Level 2 qualification in Door Supervision - which basically means I'm a bouncer...
Q: As a self-taught developer yourself, what is your view on university vs. apprenticeships for younger people who are looking to get into a career in development?
A: My biased opinion is obviously if you're looking to become a developer - you don't need to go to university. I understand a degree can give you more opportunities in the world of work, but I hear stories of out dated languages, approaches and best practices being taught.
A good example of this was when I was in college and I used the actual text editor to write code instead of using the visual design interface like I was told. It absolutely blew my tutors mind!
From my experience of being a developer and tutoring padawan developers though is... You can learn a lot simply by practicing, experimenting and asking the community. If you can get an apprenticeship - do.
Fancy joining our growing team?
We're always on the look out for talented individuals to join our growing team, so show us what you've got! Visit our careers page to view our current openings or send us your CV.