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ParetoLogic software developers are problem solvers

ParetoLogic software developers are problem solvers

It was the technology of his childhood that first got Kyle thinking about programming.

"Playing games on old Commodores, TRS-80s and Apples as a kid got me interested," the ParetoLogic senior software developer said. "Games kept me interested."

Kyle works with an outstanding roster of software developers to design and develop ParetoLogic's award-winning line of security, optimization and utility products. However, a major component of their job is problem solving.

"The programming language you use is just a tool you apply to help solve the problem," Kyle said. "Solving the problem in the most efficient way possible is the real fun."

Ryan, a ParetoLogic software developer, explained the developers are presented a list of high-level requirements for a project. For example, a request might be for an application to list a computer user's startup entries, which are the processes that try to run when the machine is turned on.

"We have to translate that into, often complex, structures of code that perform the task as smoothly as possible," Ryan said. "Most of our time is spent finding ways to get things working the way we want them to. And almost everything we work on has more than one solution."

During the problem-solving process, developers use the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the past. ParetoLogic's developers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of experiences to their positions. For example, Kyle earned his first degree with a double major in Geography and Environmental Science before achieving a Computer Science degree with a Software Engineering emphasis. Ryan earned a diploma in Computer Engineering, which focused on the creation of both hardware and software.

Once school is over, the learning does not stop for good developers. Greg, ParetoLogic's software development manager for the database team said "this industry is extremely dynamic and change can come very quickly, so there will never be a lack of new things to learn."

Tim is ParetoLogic's software development manager specializing in security products. Continuing to educate yourself is very important in his area. "The security industry is always trying to keep up with the hackers, so it's an ongoing battle to learn what you can," he said.

He also encourages developers to continue their education outside of the work place. He suggests "developing your own projects. This will give you the opportunity to learn technologies you are interested in."

An attractive aspect of the software development profession is the variety it offers.

"I've worked with several firms in many positions over my 22-plus years in the industry," Greg said. "I've gone from the entry-level developer to consultant, to application architect, to manager, to director of development, and am now back in the management role. The breadth has also been there; from developing business systems, accounting systems, shrink wrap imaging software, education systems, custom one-off applications, to a focused database role."

When it comes to the actual process of coding, Kyle said there is one piece of advice he'd like to pass along. "Borrowing from the carpenter's saying of 'Measure twice, cut once' I'd go with 'Design twice, code once.'"

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