Doing what I love most at the place I dreamed of being.
Started teaching myself how to build websites; mostly fan sites and a semi-successful car-tuning discussion board
Took on my first paying gig for a family friend and helped turn a small virtual tour company into a six-figure business
Started my own web dev business building sites for artists, musicians, and small businesses
Closed up shop and took my skills corporate & freelance
After working for small companies and doing a lot of freelance, landed a senior engineering position for AOL/Verizon's Autoblog
Completed contracts as leads for Virginia Tech, Booz Allen, & Phoenix Home Services
Hired as a lead engineer for Cvent's R&D division building the company's design system & application framework
Finally landed my dream job at Facebook Meta!
As a developer, I have always maintained an intimate relationship with design & user experience. Fundamentally, I believe user experience is the single most important factor to consider in all that we do. In my early days, I was the designer and developer on a plethora of projects. Nowadays, I leverage that experience to collaborate effectively with the UI/UX specialists on my team.
Collaborating with large groups of developers, locally, remotely, and in just about every timezone has — over the years — impressed upon me the importance of developer experience. Building a design system & application framework over the last couple of years has reinforced that idea more than I could have ever imagined. There are few greater joys as an engineer than witnessing rapid, autonomous development that's been enabled by your comprehensive documentation, concise APIs, and carefully planned architecture.
Through years of experience working as a full stack engineer, I've grown to love the architectural side of this discipline. Carefully planned architecture is paramount to building any complex system. It sets the entire tone for the production and can provide solutions or foresight to some of the most critical concerns. How fast can we build this? Will it scale? What if we need to make changes or address unknowns? How long will this last? Being able to answer questions like this before a single line of code is written is why architectural design should never be overlooked.
Turning any project into a reality requires passionate leadership. That leadership can often come from many places and in many forms. Having run my own business, managed numerous projects, and served as dev lead for several organizations, I've had the opportunity to hone this skill. Whether it's in the form of managing people or products, defining timelines, running Agile ceremonies, providing architectural direction, or even just mentoring peers or juniors, leadership is always at the core of everything I do.
Phoenix Home Services, Inc. is a premier home improvement company in Northern Virginia. I served as the primary developer and part-time Tech & Marketing Director for the company for over five years; building an online presence that now generates over a million dollars a month in leads.
QSS International, Inc. is a commercial and government contractor that's worked on high profile projects across military bases, NOVA Community College, and Burger Kings. I designed and developed the entire website.
Jonny Asmar © 2020