David Walsh

David Walsh is a Web Developer and evangelist for Mozilla, technical author of David Walsh Blog

Conference and Meetup speaker (London AJAX, AustinJS, BrazilJS, Snow*Mobile, etc.), Core Developer for the MooTools JavaScript Framework, and creator of numerous MooTools plugins. David is formerly a Software Engineer at SitePen, Consultant for Best Buy and other large corporations, and contributor the Dojo Toolkit. I don’t design the sites, I make them work.

10 questions for David Walsh:

  • What did you do before becoming a designer/developer?

    I put myself through college as a fast food manager. I learned quite a bit about patience, hard work, and leadership.

  • Where do you turn for inspiration?

    My colleagues, both tech bloggers and Mozillians. I work with some of the brightest developers in the world.

  • Which are your favorite studios, designers or agencies?

    I'm a big fan of Chris Coyier, Lea Verou, Paul Irish, and many of the other well known developers. They're not only bright but they're also super talented!

  • Who do you side with: Team Mac or Team PC?

    Team Mac -- seems made for a developer.

  • Is your city a good place for designers?

    Madison is starting to really blossom as a developer and designer haven. There are loads of developer groups popping up and I'm excited to see where it goes!

  • Which technologies are you excited about?

    Front-end technologies like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. I think that HTML5 apps and platforms like Firefox OS will start to get a head of steam.

  • How many hours do you work each week?

    Too many; 40+ at Mozilla and at least another 20+ on various personal project.

  • Do you listen to music while you work? Describe your playlist.

    I prefer TV on in the background, just for the noise. I'm not much a music buff.

  • What is your favorite book?

    JavaScript Patterns by Stoyan Stefanov. It's brilliant!

  • What is your favorite sport?

    Soccer. I'm a die-hard Arsenal supporter.

  • Tell us your funniest anecdote related to your work

    I think it's both funny and sad that I'm the only developer on my team that has a CS degree and I'm probably the least talented. :/

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