Jose Ignacio Costa
Who Jose Ignacio Costa?
I’m a Software Engineer from Montevideo, Uruguay, and Co-Founder of WyeWorks where I office as senior developer, consultant and manager.
Where and when did you start programming?
I started messing around with web pages right before getting into college to get my Computer Science degree. So I did then some basic HTML and CSS before I started really learning how to program using several languages such as Pascal, C, C++, Java and others.
Personally because it’s fun, elegant, but still very serious. I also feel the community around it is great in many ways. I had the pleasure to hang out with many capable and cool people that are passionate about seeking better and faster solutions to everyday problems.
From a business perspective it’s also very important that we are at the point that we can build maintainable, high quality applications very fast, so overall it’s a great combo.
You favorite IDE?
Might be somewhere between Emacs and vim. I’m currently happy using vim, but I had my happy days with Emacs too.
What does your typical day look like?
Usually I start at home going through all email and Twitter to get an idea of how my day will look like and mark stuff that I want to check out through the day.
When I get to the office I try to talk with the other guys to see if I can be of any help (when I have enough time) in their projects or if they need anything from me, and then I tackle my share of administrative/operational task we split with my partner Santiago Pastorino.
After that I’m ready to become a whatever-time-is-left-to-leave programmer. Neadless to say, all these is rarely so linearly organized.
What do you do in your free time?
I like to work out regularly so I don’t consider that free time. So in my real free time I enjoy watching soccer and movies, cooking or going out for dinner and drinks, playing the guitar and a good asado with achuras (traditional barbecue) with my friends.
Current favorite apps?
I’ll tell you what I use on a regular basis and maybe that makes them my favorite apps :) Github and Pivotal Tracker on the web, and on my iPhone, Echofon and Read it Later.
What OS do you prefer?
I’ve been using Linux for quite some time, in particular I’ve sticked to Ubuntu since 6.04. So I’m used to that. But I’ll give OS X a shot sometime this year.
Small picture for your Workplace?
We just moved to our new office! Still not equipped, so this is how it looks right now:
Name something that has inspired you recently?
In general, I’m inspired by people that dare to question themselves if they are really happy with what they are doing, and do whatever they need to change it if they are not.
What do you prefer (and why)? Freelance work or full time employment?
Done both, mixed them together and we now have WyeWorks. I have a full time position but I’m also one of the responsibles for the company to be stable, contact clients, make sure work gets done, make sure we get paid … so I think I’m somewhere in the middle and I like that.
What are your personal projects and goals for 2011?
I would like to see me and my co-workers grow professionaly and personally, and contribute in any way I can to that and to keep making WyeWorks a nicer place to be around and that everyone can enjoy their jobs.
I would also love to contribute more actively to open source and to Rails, and at the same time have a blast in my free time traveling more and hanging out with my friends, family and the cool people I meet every now and then.