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12 Questions with Brian Lee

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1. What’s your role at SolutionSet?

I’m a .NET Technical Lead and Developer. Typically, I take a customer’s requirements and design the web application’s architecture (system, data, and code) that will support these requirements. Next, I lead and contribute to the development effort, focusing primarily on the server-side code.

2. How long have you been with the company?

7+ years

3. Where are some places you’ve worked prior to SolutionSet?

Sony, Compaq, and Northrop.

4. What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Designing and developing web sites that make our clients glad that they chose SolutionSet as their consulting agency. One of my favorite recent projects has been ClubOne.com. This project provided a few technical challenges that made it interesting for me.

In general, I’m not fond of taking tests. But, I do like to tackle test questions that challenge my problem solving/logic skills. (Not to brag, but I scored in the top 5% of the GMAT math section).

One of the biggest technical challenges for the ClubOne.com project was the fitness class calendar feature. As the technical lead, I had to access their existing fitness class calendar system and determine the best solution for the new site.

There were several factors to consider such as schedule, budget, and the people that were responsible for entering the fitness calendar data. What was the most logical and practical solution? In the end, I came up with a hybrid solution. Club One would continue to use their existing fitness class calendar system to enter the data. Consequently, we did not have to spend time and money replacing a data entry system nor training personnel on a new system.

Using a web service, this calendar data is automatically imported into the web site’s CMS system as natively built content items. By importing the calendar data as natively built content items, we were able to leverage the CMS system features for site search and content/URL mapping. Overall, the client was very pleased with the final product. The fitness calendar data is now seamlessly, painlessly, and elegantly integrated into the new web site. End users can now easily search and filter the fitness class calendar to find classes that best suit their interests and schedule.

5. When you’re not at the office, where are we likely to find you?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends and also volunteering (tutoring and serving meals) at various organizations, including Green Pastures Home, PBC, and Bayshore.

Traveling, golfing, hiking, and basketball are things I love doing. I just wish I had the time/money to do more of it. I grew up going to Lake Tahoe every summer, so I consider Lake Tahoe to be one of my “happy” places. Other happy places are Hawaii and Disneyland.

6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

NBA player (I pretended to be Magic Johnson) or a professional golfer. Yes, I wasn’t one of those academic kids.

7. What did you study in school?

I studied Mechanical Engineering—big mistake, I hated it. I took a few computer programming classes and loved them. For some reason, I didn’t switch majors to Computer Science because I didn’t want to be a “computer geek”. Sure . . . like being a Mechanical Engineer is really cool.

8. How did you get your start in web?

When I was working at Sony, the division I worked in needed a way to effectively share project information. In order to meet this need, I built a Microsoft Access database application. I eventually migrated this desktop application to a Microsoft Classic ASP/SQL Server web site.

9. What’s something exciting you’re working on right now?

Learning new things that enhance my professional skill set is always exciting. Up to this point, I’ve mostly been a server-side developer for desktop web applications. Recently, I’ve been learning and applying more client-side technologies such as jQuery and developing sites specifically for mobile devices. I’m hoping for an Android or iPhone project in the very near future.

10. What’s your leadership philosophy?

Lead by example. Do whatever it takes to make those who follow you the best they can be.

11. What’s one of your proudest moments at SolutionSet?

I was the lead developer for a leading presidential candidate’s web site. When she announced that she was running for president, the web site was featured as the top story on CNN. That was cool.

12. What would you tell someone who wants to break into the industry?

Go the extra mile to get noticed. If you’re not employed as a web developer, build your own web site to show off what you can do. Enjoy what you do. If you don’t enjoy it (most of the time, no job is “perfect”), you are in the wrong field.

 

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