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Publication date: 18 September 2022

Who says technology and astronomy cannot go hand in hand? We had a conversation with Javier, who tells us about the importance of constant learning through his HICO journey.

Getting into business, the story of HICO

Prior to joining the HICO team, I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the second half of last year, I was looking for a software development job through a recruitment company. HICO came across my profile. A couple of interviews with Brandon, Derrich and Geneve later, and here we are

We were interested in his favorites about HICO, to which he immediately replied:

Without a doubt the people! I’ve met incredible people here, from all walks of life, who are very friendly and welcoming. Very happy and proud to be a part of this team.
As for my line of work, it would be the constant learning. There’s always a different approach or new development that you did not consider that makes your work simpler. There’s also nothing quite as satisfying as solving an issue that you’ve been stuck on for a while.

On our question about challenges in industry, Javier answered:

Keeping up with technology trends. With how fast things change in the industry, it is important to be updated with how things are, what changes can simplify your work, and future-proof your work.

An ever-growing list of frameworks…

However, seeing the fruits of our labour at the end of each sprint feels like a reward. Nothing quite says a job well done like having a new release build sent out into the wild after weeks of hard work by the team working on Truechart, etc.

We wanted to know about industry development. As we can see technology improving at a fast pace, we believe we can expect new gadgets and programs. Javier gave us an insight into a new programming language.

A few days ago, Google launched Carbon, a new programming language that’s intended to be an experimental replacement for C++. It’s possible that it could amount to something, or it might be abandoned like the majority of Google’s products. Of course, we cannot predict what will happen to it, but chances are it’ll just be ‘there’

Along with that, it will be interesting to see how advancements in machine learning and automation affect DevOps over the next decade. I can see improvements in automation being something people focus on.

Keeping up with Javier

If we got the challenge to summarize Javier in emojis, we would use these: 💻🎶🪐
Javier reveals details from his life.

I am from a small semi-rural town in South Africa. I am your average techie, so I have a thing for cutting edge technology and developments, the latest gadgets and so on. Of course, I really enjoy music, so I’m always listening to something, and I’m really into astronomy.

About Javier we learned that he finds Linus Torvalds – the creator of the Linux operating system, inspiring. His favorite movie is “The Social Network”, and the mobile phone is the most exciting piece of technology for him. The answer that intrigued us the most was on our question, where would he go if he was invisible, to which Javier replied:

Area 51! Who wouldn’t want to declassify some classified information?

We came to an end of another People of HICO story. We hope you enjoyed as much as we did meeting Javier. Have a great rest of the week!

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