I’m Yann Eves, a Full Stack Developer, and This is How I Work

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Developing across the stack can be a challenging role. There’s an expectation here to be the expert at everything, where in fact, knowing when to admit defeat can be the key to success. The ability to rapidly develop a fit-for-purpose solution as generalists beats a specialist team — at least early on.

I fell into full stack development when I joined the tech startup scene with Affio. My wake up call was when StackMob, a platform-as-a-service we relied on, got acquired and shut down by PayPal. We were approaching launch, so I did the unthinkable and rewrote the parts of the service we needed in two weeks! Coming from a front-end background, (un)reliability of a third-party service was a new risk to me, yet I haven’t looked back since.

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Current Gig: Research Engineer, EDF Energy
One word that best describes how you work: Ambitiously
Current mobile device: Nexus 5
Current computer: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)

What apps, software, and tools can’t you live without?

I use Feedly with Pocket and IFTTT to filter and consume content, as well as organise. I enjoy learning and archive everything I read, listen to, or watch in case I need to refer back to it later.

For development, Sublime is my IDE of choice. Thanks to its simplicity and extensibility, I don’t find myself bound to any particular language or framework. Lately, I’ve become increasingly attached to fman for managing files. Anything else is left to the command-line.

Dashlane password manager and the FreeAgent accounting software are two other tools that have also become indispensable for me.

What’s your workspace setup like?

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

What’s your favourite to-do list manager?

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

What do you listen to while you work?

What are you currently reading?

How do you recharge?

What’s your sleep routine like?

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The Lifehacker How I Work series inspired this post; I’ve wanted to answer these questions since originally finding their feature on Felicia Day. Since I don’t picture having the credentials to appear in their series myself, I plan to add to my own How I Work series each time “I’m Yann Eves, a what I consider myself to be” changes.

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