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The People Behind Your Project: Joe Rose

Joe Rose Developer Far Reach

You told us you want to know more about the people behind your projects. You got it. This is the 10th profile in that series.

Joe Rose


How do you help clients?
I build and maintain web applications.

What led you to here?
What got me here is a very good friend suggested I give it a shot. I like to think it was a combination of fate, skills, and abilities.

Tell us about your background or training.
I was in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. Then I went to Hawkeye Community College and took their web development course. I worked at a local ad agency and broke my teeth on .NET development. I did some freelance work after that. Then I worked at a radio station building client websites.

What is your work mantra?
Fear nothing. Don’t be scared, because at the end of the day, it could be always be worse. Go all in.

What guides you?
So many things: Family, brutal honesty, God, past experiences, future possibilities, love, music, food, and helping people.

What are you reading?
I’m reading two books—Rework for the Far Reach book club and the Pragmatic Programmer.

Who do you follow?
I make it a rule to follow nobody. I like to blaze my own trail and be original.

What’s your favorite app?
YouTube. Because I can stream movies and TV shows straight from my phone to my TV now. It’s great. I can search for anything quickly.

Where do you see the field going in 1-3 years?
I see the development field continuing to expand and build on the things we already have in place. Maybe in three years some of the development things we’re doing now—custom things—will be more standard. I like to think we have a hand in creating something that other developers might be able to use in the future.

You can learn more about everyone at Far Reach here.