Hey all! I'm Ross Chapman. I'm a software engineer interested in building useful things, collaboration in large systems, and the semiotics of code.
I started as a developer in digital marketing in 2010 and since 2014 have been working as a web application engineer. I have built products in older and newer codebases, small and large, and am excited by the challenges attendant to each.
Semi-frequently I journal about the human and technology parts of being a professional coder and have started a collection of people and posts that influence my approach to writing software.
Looking for a technical mentor? I'd love to help you level up in , , and testing. For 2+ years I've mentored early-career software engineers both in a formal company setting, as co-founder of a bi-monthly in-person gathering, and most recently with the summer 2020 cohort of Code Cooperative.
Here are some thoughtful endorsements from former colleagues:
It's rare that you come across someone as eager and excited to learn new things and refactor awkward codebases as Ross.
Ross is an impressive, talented software engineer you can rely on. He’s a 100% team player who always inspired others to maintain high code quality, and never hesitated to bring up new ideas and approaches for the team’s productivity.
Ross is a strong engineer with the ability to architect and implement complex frontend applications. Ross cares deeply about the separations of concerns between frontend and backend: clean API.
His enthusiasm for technology, drive for learning, and thoroughness in designing solutions make him a great engineer to work with. Ross brings a high level of energy to the team and is just fun to be around!
Ross collaborates well with backend engineers and isn't afraid to ask for what he needs.I would certainly work with Ross again.
Ross has a remarkable ability to look holistically at a product and contribute not only code, but also user experience improvements and the product insights.
Apart from being a hilarious and fun person to be around, I admire Ross's dedicated learning style—he is always reading, writing, and discussing tech online and offline.
Ross is the Ross of all trades: strong technical expertise, excellent communication abilities, leadership and mentorship skills, and a passion for cultivating the engineering culture.
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