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Jonathan Silva Says Ready, Set, Action to Front-End Engineering

by Kristyn Back

Film fanatic Jonathan Silva has swagger behind the camera and now behind the computer screen as the recent graduate of The Iron Yard’s Front-End Engineering program. Silva’s next smooth move is towards MEAN Stack and checking back-end development off his list of things to learn. Silva’s ready for his big shot with an influential tech company so be ready to say lights, camera, action while you can.

What program are you graduating from?
I recently graduated from The Iron Yard Front-End Engineering program, and boy was it awesome!

What startup/tech projects have you worked on?
The last startup I worked with was an animation co-op I co-founded called Ornana Films.

What tech/tools are essential to you?
I’d say the tech tools that are the most essential to me right now are React, CSS, and the Chrome DevTools.

How do you stay informed & on top of emerging trends?
One of the best ways to stay informed and up to date on trends is by following really smart and innovative people who are active on Twitter. Also, usingmeetup.com and going to your local meetings is really helpful too. It’s a great way to stay up to date, and also meet professional programmers who are sometimes hiring!

What are your best technical or creative skills?
Because I’ve worked as a filmmaker for over ten years, I’d say one of my best creative skills is my knack for detail. Also, working in teams is a skill that is very essential. Every project I’ve worked on couldn’t have been finished to the awesome degree that it was if it wasn’t for everyone working on it.

What’s next on your list to learn?
The next thing to learn on my list has got to be the MEAN stack. I’m such a fan of JavaScript and learning the Back-End is one of the many goals I’d like to achieve.

Why the interest in startups and the technology field?
I’m interested in the startup tech life mostly because I want to be apart of something new and incredibly influential. We’re very lucky to be alive during this part of history. There is a lot at our disposal when it comes to development in tech.

Are you interested in working for a startup, mid-sized company, or a corporate giant?
I don’t think I have any bias when it comes to which style of company I’d prefer to work for. Just as long as the team is passionate about their product and the environment is nice and comfortable, I’d be a happy camper.

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