Nik has his MVP award renewed this year. You may have seen his name pop up on the Umbraco Forums, Slack or Twitter. He is always happy to help and I can personally say that he has helped me out on a number of issues without hesitation.
Please put your hands together and welcome Nik to the Community Corner.
Job Title: Senior .Net Developer
MVP Status: Renewal
Twitter account: @HotChilliCode
Website / Blog: justnik.me
How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?
I was introduced to Umbraco in my previous job role about 5 years ago now. I feels like only yesterday, but prior to that I hadn't heard of it.
How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?
I've been involved in the community for 4 - 5 years. It's a welcoming change to other development communities that either didn't really exist in the fields I worked in, or weren't very welcoming. The friendly positive attitude in the Umbraco community is inspiring.
Getting involved with Umbraco and the community changed my developer outlook, even to the extent of writing about it for Skrift. You can read about what I call the Umbraco effect here: https://skrift.io/articles/archive/the-umbraco-effect-finding-inspiration-and-thinking-beyond-the-conventional/
Have you been to Codegarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?
Yes, it's incredible. It was nothing like I was expecting and I would happily go again every year.
How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?
Has being awarded the MVP made you look at things differently / has it changed anything in your day to day life e.g. asked to do more Umbraco talks? Asked more Umbraco questions at your workplace?
It's reminded me that being a member of the community is more than just writing code, it's about giving back. Which I know is hard to do, time is finite so choosing to spend some of it giving back to the community isn't possible for everyone but if you can I encourage it.
If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?
Ask questions, go to conferences, go to meetups, talk to other members. It's the general conversations that often lead to the greatest insights.
Tell us about 1 of your most favourite things whether it's a band, a colour, a bit of software you couldn't live without, an item of clothing, a book, anything but tell us why you love it so much.
Dark Themes - Be it in an IDE, Phone OS, Twitter, anything really. I find them much easier to look at and considering I spend most of my day looking at a screen shouldn't it feel comfortable!
What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?
Since starting my new job here at Spindogs, my daily routine has changed. I'm now 100% remote working #NoCommute.
So my day starts
> 0900: daily call with all the remote workers.
> 0930: Morning coding session starts - Most days this is a dedicated project slot, however some days it can be an Amends slot.
> 1300: Lunch, I love a late lunch, none of this 1200 lunch time slot stuff, let's make the afternoon shorter
> 1400: Afternoon coding session - If this is a project day then it will mostly be continuing on with the same project, however twice a week it's Support slots. This can be anything from deployments, bug fixes, customer query feedback. Anything really.
> 1730: Day ends - Although I don't often stop now, I'll often keep working for an hour or so, especially if I'm right in the middle of something
> Evening: Recently I've found my evenings are spent giving back, answering forum questions, researching plugins, pull requests, all sorts really. More often than not I'm learning something.
What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?
Climbing, well indoor climbing to be precise. Although I wouldn't say I'm great at it, I've been doing indoor climbing for a few years now. It's a bit like programming in that you are solving problems and it's so satisfying when you get to the top!
Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?
Remember, we all started somewhere, and in the Umbraco Community, we all are here to help. Ask questions, share thoughts, be friendly.
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