While still in Ireland, Junior Application Developer Philip Wardlaw excelled in the computer science courses required for his undergraduate degree in Engineering, and he has since been continuously improving his knowledge and experience. He worked as business applications developer while completing his undergraduate degree, and for his undergraduate thesis developed a mobile robotic simulator which provided a software development environment which could be used for rapidly developing robotic control algorithms. For his Masters, he worked on the Fuel Cell Simulation Toolbox which involved programming numerical simulations of electrochemical reactions and mass transport in hydrogen fuel cells to provide better understanding of these nano-scale phenomena.
He would like one day to work again on “hard core, heavy numerical C++ stuff,” but finds web apps interesting because of the thought that goes into the server-based applications that provide much of the content and functionality. Besides, writing high-level apps is also fun. The most important thing is in making something maintainable and valuable to the client: “No point in being a genius and making this perfect software, and then no one can understand it or share it.”
With IST, Philip enjoys working with a collaborative team that places as much emphasis on assessing client needs as producing quality software: ”we don’t want to be programmers who go into the cave and just come out with material the client doesn’t want. It’s about listening to clients and realizing a solution that is of value in the most time- and cost-effective manner.”
Philip attributes the success of this approach to the culture of IST: “It just seems foreign to me, the idea of workplace conflicts and spiteful and bitter politics. I see none of that on my team. There’s tons of respect and a very good culture.” For sizeable projects, the whole team collaborates. Instead of being siloed in various roles, “we will all get together and all discuss it. We all have different experiences. The more knowledge we get, the better decision making we can do, and the better product with the least cost will be produced.”