The seminar attendees learn how Roadster revolutionizes the car-shopping experience and hear a deep dive discussion with the developer and cofounder, Kevin Whitley, who designs and builds the self-service User Interface (Roadster Express) that gets customers through the entire transaction 100% online with the brand-new vehicles delivered to their doorstep.
Whitley kicks off the meeting by underscoring the importance of being a good communicator, facilitator and team member in addition to technical skills. Having these skill set will not only bring lots of value to any organization but also happiness at work.
So Many UI Tools, So Little Time
The Power of More with Less - Amazon S3
What used to take an army of technical staff twenty years ago at Ariba now takes only four people to build a software application at Roadster.
What is the difference: inexpensive software libraries, database and operational deployment now made possible by Amazon Web Services on the cloud. "Nowadays, a small team can build a good size application and use inexpensive tools to deploy it on cheap software," said Whitley. "This trend will continue with Uber, AirBnB using platform as a service on the cloud. Before long, one person will now be able to build software to design a house, an airplane, send someone to the moon, you can solve a problem with few people, pretty cool!"
Tips on How to Get Started on coding
Besides being a programmer, Whitley writes poetry, he offers the best way to get started is to read a book, google search and find online resources such as courses, forums etc. "Don't just read the course, code, don't copy the code, just do the coding," said Whitley. "Don't forget to reach out to the community for help and support."
Real Learning versus Textbook Learning
Real learning comes from internship, a portfolio of experience, accomplishments and technical/soft skills one can bring to the table. Whitley also provides students some pointers on resume building and career networking. Generally, recruiters or hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds to scan resumes, he discusses best practices on how to communicate and make the right impression to pass the 30-seconds scan.
When asked what kind of workers will a hiring manager be looking to hire; "someone who is smart; can get the job done and can work with people," Whitley said. "Get the job done, prove yourself, is far more important than graduating from a top school."
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