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“Star of the Week” Spotlight: Scott Teschendorf

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Each week at Brooks Bell, we have a short meeting Friday morning with the entire team. During the meeting we get updates on tests and the company, and award a “Star of the Week.”

This week our Star is optimization engineer Scott Teschendorf. As a three-time Star of the Week, Scott does great work, especially on a recent client project. From the information he shares below, it’s clear to see that he’s a great developer who truly embodies our “Pursue Knowledge” core value. Congratulations Scott!

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One of our company initiatives, and one of our core values, is to continue improving upon current skills and knowledge. What skills are you learning or brushing up on?  

Amazingly, I’ve actually never made a WordPress website from scratch. I’ve been doing that in my free time at home. Our team has been researching Grunt to manage some of our JavaScript builds, and I’ve been brushing up on my modular and object-oriented JavaScript design to try to increase my coding efficiency. 

What do you enjoy most about being a developer? 

Definitely the problem solving. Especially as a testing developer, we constantly need to come up with creative solutions to problems. It feels like I get to solve puzzles for a living! We also have the opportunity to look at the code for many different clients with completely different code behind their sites. It’s really nice to be able to see how so many different people have written their pages, and compare how they tackle similar issues.

For marketers who are not as advanced with web development, what are some ways they can improve upon their skills? 

Well, it matters how much you want to know. A list of resources I really like is the Mozilla Developer Network Learn JavaScript page. I think it ranges nicely from beginner to advanced.

The way I got comfortable making websites started with using a browser’s dev tools. It most browsers, you can right click on any part of a page, click ‘Inspect Element’ and see the code that was written for that specific part of the page. You can also run code directly in the Console tab of the dev tools. It’s fun to play with pages you go to frequently to see how you can change the layout and styles of a page.

The Brooks Bell Star of the Week is a team member who has gone above and beyond typical expectations during the week. The award is designed to empower our team and ensure everyone’s hard work is appreciated and recognized.

The winner receives a large trophy they get to keep for the entire week, fully equipped with extra Nerf darts (extra protection for those impromptu Nerf wars). They also get the honor of selecting the following week’s winner.

Sound like fun? Check to see if we’re hiring