MJS 089: Gareth McCumskey
Panel: Charles Max Wood
Guest: Gareth McCumskey
In particular, we dive pretty deep on:
0:53 – Chuck: Hey everyone! Welcome! We are talking today with Gareth McCumseky!
1:05 – Gareth: Hi!
1:22 – Chuck: Are you from Cape Town, Africa? (Guest: Yes!)
1:35 – Gareth and Chuck talk about his name, Gareth, and why it’s popular.
1:49 – Chuck: I am in my late 40’s. You were here for JSJ’s Episode 291! It’s still a hot topic and probably should revisit that topic.
2:20 – Guest: Yes!
2:30 – Chuck: It’s interesting. We had a long talk about it and people should go listen to it!
2:45 – Guest: I am a backend developer for the most part.
3:03 – Chuck: Yeah I started off as an ops guy. It probably hurt me.
3:21 – Guest: Yeah, if you poke it a certain way.
3:29 – Chuck: Let’s talk about YOU! How did you get into programming?
3:39 – Guest: South Africa is a different culture to grow-up in vs. U.S. and other places. I remember the computer that my father had back in the day. He led me drive his car about 1km away and I was about 11 years old. We would take home the computer from his office – played around with it during the weekend – and put it back into his office Monday morning. This was way before the Internet. I was fiddling with it for sure.
The guest talks about BASIC.
6:30 – Guest: Yeah that’s a good story. When I was 19 years old...I went to college and studied geology and tried to run an IT business on the side. I started to build things for HTML and CSS and build things for the Web.
The guest goes into-detail about his background!
9:26 – Chuck: Yeah, jQuery was so awesome!
9:34 – Guest: Yeah today I am working on an app that uses jQuery! You get used to it, and it’s pretty powerful (jQuery) for what it is/what it does! It has neat tricks.
10:11 – Chuck: I’ve started a site with it b/c it was easy.
10:19 – Guest: Sometimes you don’t need the full out thing. Maybe you just need to load a page here and there, and that’s it.
10:39 – Chuck: It’s a different world – definitely!
12:10 – Chuck talks about Node.js.
13:45 – Chuck: You say that your problems are unique – and from the business end I want something that I can resolve quickly. Your solution sounds good. I don’t like messing around with the headaches from Node and others.
14:22 – Guest: Yeah that’s the biggest selling point that I’ve had.
15:47 – Chuck: How did you get into serverless?
15:49 – Guest: Funny experience. I am not the expert and I only write the backend stuff.
Guest: At the time, we wanted to improve the reliability of the machine and the site itself. He said to try serverless.com. At the time I wasn’t impressed but then when he suggested it – I took the recommendation more seriously. My company that I work for now...
17:39 – Chuck: What else are you working on?
17:45 – Guest: Some local projects – dining service that refunds you. You pay for a subscription, but find a cheaper way to spend money when you are eating out. It’s called: GOING OUT.
Guest: My 3-year-old daughter and my wife is expecting our second child.
18:56 – Chuck and Gareth talk about family and their children.
22:17 – Chuck: Picks!
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