Who exactly is Connor Ross? That question lays in the back of my mind as I meander through my career and life. So far I have figured out that I enjoy learning a bunch of different subjects and exploring many different areas of interest. Being a developer is pretty much the same as having a skeleton key for working in any industry that I find interesting. All industries need some sort of software in today's modern age; and all software needs a developer to create it (at least for now).
Outside of work I am an avid sports player, not watcher but player. The idea of going to the gym to stay in shape seems silly to me, given all the exciting sports a person can play. I am currently diving head first into roller derby, which has been my favorite sport by far.
August 2006 - May 2010
Achieved the Dean's Award for extraordinary result. Played rugby all 4 years, and captain senior year.
August 2015 - Present
Working on the main e-commerce site, as a UI developer. Working closely with UX and design to keep Jet.com an amazing marketplace.
July 2012 - August 2015
Brought legacy .NET 3.5 web application to a tested 4.5 web application integrated in an enterprise ecosystem. Organized the first company internal engineering conference that contained over 20 talks spanning three tracks, at which I also presented. Blogged on a regular basis about design and architectural decisions before moving forward, fostering an environment of openness and collaboration. Participated in daily foosball games to keep my hands fast and my brain creative!
June 2010 - July 2012
Led a team of engineers from design to release, to more efficiently gather monthly reports for government contracts on Status Report System. Created a framework to allow site data to easily be exported in company approved Word document template, using Word XML instead of HTML on Status Report System. Helped set up process and infrastructure code for new .NET MVC 3 projects on Status Report System.
September 2013 - Present
I grew up skating on a daily basis at the local skate rink, Star City Roller Rink. After playing rugby, I heard about roller derby and knew that it was the sport I was born to compete in! For the Shock Exchange my position is Jammer, but I will also block from time to time. If you have not watched a roller derby bout (bout is derby lingo for game) I recommend you look and see if there is a team near that you can watch.
August 2006 - May 2012
I picked up rugby my freshmen year of college, after watching my senior mentor play in a match. My main position was scrum half, which I loved, allowing me to always have my hands on the ball and make quick decisions during game play.
During my experience I have worked on all parts of the application stack. Whether it be back-end, data storage, front-end, and deployment.
Things I have experimented with in my off time.
I am a strong believer that a great developer can do more then just code. What makes a great developer is the ability to spread knowledge to others through blogging, speaking, and working on side projects with others. While working to become a better developer, I have been recognized with awards and speaking engagements.
I have been working with a skilled software architect for the past couple of months. I have learned that being a software architect is not all about designing the most beautiful, cutting edge system I could think of. The main point to me has been, that I need to know the physics of what is actually possible for a given software project and team. If a design would take years to build or the current team does not have the expertise to build the components, the beauty of the design does not matter because it will never see the light of day. To help grow my knowledge as to what is possible and what is not, I am going to code up some design patterns that have interested me for a long while.Read More...
Welcome back, my fellow Erlangers!! After last weeks etude about processess, let’s just say I am super excited to get started on chapter 9 this week. I mean who could not be excited. Not only did we all get to relive a small part of our childhood, but we also got into the MEAT of Erlang. It was also the first time that as a programmer you could really show your personallity within your code. Prior to chapter 8, each little detail was spelled out for how to do every execise leaving little to the imagination.Read More...
For the past few weeks we have been diving into the normal workings of Erlang. So far however we have not really ran into anything that makes Erlang special. To be honest if what we have gone over so far is all that was to Erlang, I would probably tell you to never use this language ever, ever, ever. Ok maybe that is a little over the top, but as you saw in Chapter 5 Erlang does not handle strings very nicely and that is a lot of what a I use in my day to day programming.Read More...
Have you missed me?? For the past two weeks I have been driving to and from many a wedding. My cousin, Olivia, got married two weeks ago to an awesome man, John! Then this past weekend my best friend growing up, Ben, got married to a lady who I do not know to well but any person he would marry must be a great gal! To each of you I wish you the best!Read More...
This week the homework for the meetup was chapters 4 & 5. However this weekend I was at my childhood best friend’s bachelor party so I only got to chapter 4. Ouch, Ouch, please stop throwing tomatoes, lettuce and actually I don’t want to know what that is, I am sorry! If you want more Erlang check out last week for chapter 3, again!Read More...
It is that time again, well I don’t really know if I can say that yet since this is only the second installment of the series. Last week I wrote about chapters 1 & 2 from Etudes for Erlang, however I actually wrote my solutions after the meetup. This time I am getting a head start and thankfully I only have to do one chapter. I will just hop right into it, because I am excited to learn some more about Erlang! Chapter 3: Atoms, Tuples, and Pattern Matching linkRead More...
Have you ever thought to yourself, “What can I do with all my spare time” or maybe “There are all these people at work, that I really would like to get to know better”? No, really, oh well I have. The game plan I came up with was simple, find something that was related to work but happened after work and beer was provided. The answer to all the worlds problems is Erlang, dun dun duda…. Ok maybe not, but the newly re-minted Erlang-NYC meetup group was the answer to my problems. For those of you who have never heard of this “Meetup” idea, it is a group of people getting together to talk or act on a unified topic or activity. This meetup’s unified topic is Erlang, DUH, and they get together about once a month or more.Read More...
Connor Ross is the software engineer any company would love. When he's writing code, he's 'in the zone' and doesn't get distracted by minor disruptions or coworkers who want to goof off. But when the team gets together for brainstorming sessions, he's a team player and actively drives the discussion with succinct points that keep the meetings short, sweet, and to the point. With Connor at the helm, projects are completed on time and on budget, with excellent customer service.Jeffrey Cubbal
Connor, or as I know him as "Otter", is an amazing person to work with. He is cheerful, passionate, and extremely driven. He sets his goals high and won't stop until he has accomplished them. It's very inspiring to work along side someone so driven and determined. Otter also works extremely well with everyone and is a great asset to any team. He makes me want to work even harder to achieve everything I want to achieve!Jennifer Dean (aka: Maven)
I am currently happily employed, but you never know what might spark my interest! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org