Among our in-office specialities: iOS development, UX, QA, marketing, and barking at any robotic sharks that happen to float by. As for our outside-office specialities, well, that's what this series aims to uncover. Read on for glimpses into what fuels our sharp-shootin, code-wrangling, eagle-eyed gang. Up today: Mike Fargnoli, aka the man who makes sure our code actually does what it's supposed to, aka aspiring snoop, aka world's no. 1 Kolache fan.
1. What do you do?
I’m the QA Engineer. While the role touches a lot of areas, at its most basic level it means that no change is allowed into our product until I’ve had a chance to thoroughly vet it and ensure that it doesn’t affect our product’s quality. Oh, and preferably those changes should work as designed too.
2. What are you listening to right now?
At the moment I’m listening to the new National album on Spotify.
3. If you could build any app, what would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted an app that you could play a song into and it would spit back accurate drum tablature. When I was a kid I used to spend hours writing out the drum notation for songs I wanted to learn, and I don’t feel like anybody has released an app to make that experience any easier.
4. When you were 5 what did you want to be and why?
At that point I still had designs to be a professional baseball player. While I think modern day sabermetrics would appreciate my adept skill at being hit by pitches, it didn’t necessarily translate over into any success during my little league days.
5. What is your favorite tech blog and why?
I don’t think either would count as a tech blog, but I spend a big chunk of my day on StackOverflow and the QA Automation forums of LinkedIn. Both are great for picking people’s brains when I hit a dead end with what I’m trying to test.
6. If you were a superhero, what would be your superhero name/power?
The Snoopist, with the power of unbridled snooping! I may or may not already refer to myself by this name.
7. What is the last thing you bought?
I bought my sister a cookbook filled with Kolache recipes. It’s easily the most self-serving gift I’ve ever given.
8. Name something that makes you smile.
9. If you could teach a college course what would it be?
I’ve never actually encountered a class dedicated solely to QA, so I’d love to see a QA 101 course offered somewhere.