Radial Employee Feature: Mark Morris

Mark Morris Developer Radial Development Group

Radial is proud to feature team member, Mark Morris!

Tell us a little about your background.
I’m proud to say that I’ve been a computer nerd all my life. When I was about 7 years old, I made my mom her very own “computer” out of a cardboard box. I used some markers to draw up some keys and the output was a piece of paper that spooled out from the inside of the box (like a receipt) where I wrote “Happy Mother’s Day.” in the best dot matrix that I could manage with the markers.

From those early days tho, it took me a long time to finally realize my dream of programming as a full time job. The first part of my career was in Manufacturing and Logistics. In 2013, I finally took the leap and went off to Dev Bootcamp in Chicago for 3 months of intensive Ruby and Rails training. Since then, I’ve worked for a consulting firm in Boulder and a SaaS server monitoring company in Fort Collins, before my current gig at Radial Dev Group.

What do you do with Radial?
Like many of the team at Radial, we are generalists and polygots. We find ourselves working with a variety of technology as we always try to pick the best tool for the customer. My focus lately has been on React and Redux specifically in the development of mobile applications. While it’s an uphill battle, I try to stay up to date with the ever-changing state of technology and share that knowledge with the team. I am a co-organizer of the Northern Javascript group and try to do my part in giving back to the developer community.

What are you most excited about for your new position with Radial?
A recent project for Radial was the Fort Collins Ale Trail and that was the most exciting project I have ever worked on. It was a complex project with a website, api, and mobile application with a tight release schedule. While I worked mostly on the mobile side of application, as a team we were able to release and put both Android and iOS versions into their respective stores. As a long time Apple fan, getting an app in the Apple Store has been a highlight of my career.

What else can you share about yourself that isn’t coding related?
My wife & I just celebrated our 8th anniversary and do the bidding of two cats: Rocky and BB. I’m originally from Kalamazoo, MI but have lived in Fort Collins, CO for almost 17 years. I own two grills and love to BBQ. I’m a big fan of road-trips. I love seeing the beauty of Colorado and the surrounding states. When I’m not coding, I’m usually doing something technology related – either building computers or playing with one of my many raspberry pi’s.

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