Do you build eb apps for other clients or just internally for your employer?
No “clients” but I do build customer facing applications. I build both internal and external facing applications that usually enable various business needs. I’ve never worked on a true mass consumer application, most of what I’ve always done has been Business to Business applications.
Which web app would you say was the most challenging to help out with and the one you are most proud of as far as an accomplishment?
The one I built in my first job fresh out of school working on a 2 person team with a guy I graduated with. We worked as internal developers at a large hospital and were tasked with moving the company off a 25yr old Mainframe application to a web app. He did most of the communicating with stakeholders and business specifications and I did most of the technical architecture and development. It was an extremely large app and taught me how to build everything from the ground up, including authentication and permissions. It was built in ColdFusion 7 with a Windows 2008 R2 server and MS SQL Server 2008. I moved a suite of applications under a single core application and controlled access to the various applications through permissions. It was a lot of work and it probably wasn’t the best code I’ve ever written, but I learned a lot and I was proud of it.
I think there were 8 applications total. They did things like manage physical therapy classes and interdepartmental transactions (dept. A gets item Y from depart. B).
My partner ended up leaving about 8 months into the project and I worked on it for another 8 months, then I found a new job that paid better. Before we took on the challenge of writing the applications, they were being quoted $500k from contracting companies to build it and I suspect it would have ended up being a lot more.
What exactly does “unicorn” mean? I see that term floating around the Internet a lot but never really understand what people mean by it?!
A company worth over $1 billion. My company is large enough to acquire other unicorns, but still isn’t a household name by a long shot. I really enjoy it and their culture, though.