Found a technological bug? He'll squash it. Dreaming of a new feature for Change? He can code it into reality. Curious how a native Bahamian fluent in seven (programming) languages came to live and work in Iowa? He'll tell you. We're referring, of course, to Lead Programmer and Developer at Change, Neil Roberts. In light of International Programmer's Day, we're raising a virtual toast to Neil and his ability to make it happen at Change.
Coding Change from the Ground Up
Since the prototypes of BitMethod's startup infancy, Neil Roberts has programmed the app, server, and database that now makes Change hum for businesses around the world.
Most recently, Neil's versatile coding skills have given flight to our most ambitious update yet, Version 1.2.4, due out on the App Store next week. Version 1.2.4 includes seating capability, split checks, and gratuity, and is the product of months of revisions and feedback from restaurant servers and owners. Hands down, this release would not have been possible without Neil's willingness to go where no Change app has gone before.
A Functional Outlook on Bugs
When it comes to solving bugs and challenges, Neil's programming outlook is simple: "Make it work." Knowing that good work takes time (and time is linear), Neil breaks down big tasks into single steps. Then it's just a matter of doing it and crossing it off the list.
"Once you fix a bug," he says, "If it's done right, it should be done forever." Then, each fix becomes an encouraging sign of progress.
Neil's 7 Facts + Recommendations
In addition to rocking the iOS with a side of HTML, Neil fosters many other interests. Here are seven facts you probably didn't know about Neil, paired with links to some of his favorite corners of the Interwebs:
- Neil loves Branson. If you're planning a visit or are just plain curious, check out his posts, reviews, and recommendations about this Midwest entertainment destination at A Blog for Branson's Best.
- Neil also loves Disney World and the culinary offerings found within.
- Ever backed a Kickstarter project? Neil has. Most recently, he invested in this nifty smartphone-controlled paper airplane.
- "Prohibition" is not just an era of American history; it's also the name of a board game designed and built by Neil. Get inspired about board game design at Cardboard Edison.
- Neil geeks out at the intersection of psychology and internet subculture. This includes Whitney Phillips' recent TEDx talk and personal blog.
- Neil values efficiency (of time and money) and expertise, even when purchasing a space heater.
- Witty observational commentary on pop culture and technology? Neil says: Yes, please. Exhibit A: PBS Idea Channel.
For all these reasons and more, we think Neil Roberts is the programming bee's knees.
Hug a programmer you know and Happy International Programmer's Week!