Larry Blog Committee: Hi Ryan, the Larry Blog Committee would like to ask you a few questions and get to know what you do a little better. Can we start by asking you to tell us a little bit about yourself?
Ryan: I’m a 29-year-old male. Just about my entire life, I’ve lived in central Pennsylvania, but recently I’ve moved to Kansas. Outside of work, I like spending time with my girlfriend and playing with our Maine Coon cat. I’m an avid gamer. I like a lot of different kinds of music. My favorite drink is tea (I prefer preparing a variety of loose-leaf teas). I don’t watch TV.
Larry Blog Committee: What did you do prior to working at ANCILE Solutions?
Ryan: I went to school for software development, and have been in development positions since I’ve been out of college. I’ve worked at a handful of companies; typically all Microsoft- and ASP.NET-centric shops. I worked at a place that specialized in filling a wide variety of government contracts. I also briefly worked for RWD, back in 2007-2008.
Larry Blog Committee: When did you start working for ANCILE?
Ryan: I started at ANCILE in July of 2012. I had kept in touch with some of the people I had worked together with while a part of RWD. One of my acquaintances had contacted me about a potential job opportunity. They knew I had an interest in Ruby on Rails web application development. We exchanged a few messages, and things escalated from there.
Larry Blog Committee: What did you do for ANCILE when you first started? Has your role changed over time? What are you doing now?
Ryan: I started at ANCILE doing software development, and it’s what I still do today. The most signficant change made is that I’ve started to become more involved with iOS app development. While I haven’t done any full-blown development yet, I’ve become more familiar with the iOS ecosystem, and deal with app compilation & distribution. I’m looking forward to spending more time on iOS development in the future.
Larry Blog Committee: Can you tell us more about the project you are currently working on?
Ryan: I work on the ANCILE uAlign development team. When I started at ANCILE, development for ANCILE uAlign version 1.0 was well underway. I’ve been a member of the server team. We’re using the Ruby programming language and Ruby on Rails application framework. I’ve been a fan of Ruby and Rails for years now. I became interested in Ruby on Rails back in college, before the framework had even hit its 1.0 release. It’s exciting to be a part of ANCILE’s first cloud-based application, and I’m glad I get to use tools like Ruby and Rails to build it.
Larry Blog Committee: What is your favorite thing about working at ANCILE Solutions?
Ryan: The people, without a doubt. I imagine it sounds cliché, but it’s true. Everyone at ANCILE is fantastic. And although, working remotely, I don’t get to see my co-workers very often, I feel privileged each day that I get to work with some truly great people. Before I was hired at ANCILE, I was curious as to how many people I may have still recognized from my short stint at RWD. I was happy to see that many of the people I had worked with at RWD were a part of ANCILE. That was a huge plus to me.
You asked for a favorite thing, singular, but there is another thing I really like: the fact that ANCILE is open to remote work. ANCILE is a forward-thinking company, and recognizes that the software industry is moving in the direction of the virtual office. If your employees are happy and fufilled, they will do good work — whether that be in another state, or another time zone. I’m thankful that I can be a part of the ANCILE team, even though I’m a thousand miles away from our nearest office.