Meet the Team: Byron Johnson, Developer

ByronDevelopers, like Southern Web’s own Byron Johnson, don’t just code websites and applications — they diagnose and solve problems and transform lofty ideas into concrete reality.

In the latest installment of our “Meet the Team” interview series, Byron shares his vision for the future of website development — as well as some handy tips and resources for newbie developers.

As a Developer, what do you do at Southern Web?

I build out frontend and backend WordPress applications for our clients.

What tools or apps are indispensable to your work?

There’s quite a few to mention:

  • Visual Studio Code
  • Gulp
  • SCSS
  • Git
  • Sourcetree
  • DevTools Console
  • Sequel Pro
  • Stack Overflow
  • Photoshop

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Finding development solutions for very unique application use cases. While they are the most challenging, they are also the most rewarding when a solution is found.

How do you keep up with the latest development trends and technologies?

Finding the latest trends usually comes along with researching solutions for the issues that arise with projects that I am working on. I have probably found more trends and technology tips from Stack Overflow than any other resource over the years.

When I do browse topics casually, I tend to read development related topics at medium.com, usually about web developmentjavascript, and SassCSS-tricks.com is still a great resource as well. 

How do you see the world of website development changing in the next 5 years?

We can already use web technologies to build iPhone and Android apps as well as create functionality for products such as Amazon’s Echo. As these types of web technologies continuing to expand and strengthen, I believe the concept of what a website is will evolve as we begin to see sites that are more integrated with tangible items and less brochure like.

It’s 2018, do we still have to apply vendor prefixes to our CSS in order for it to look consistent across all web browsers?

Unfortunately, yes :/

What advice do you have for people looking to break into your type of work?

Learn the very basics of HTML, CSS, and one frontend or backend scripting language such as JavaScript, PHP, or Python. After learning the basics, create a simple application and build upon it. As you build it out, you will run into problems and use a search engine to research a solution (Stack Overflow will become your best friend). This is where the intermediate and advanced learning should take place. You will learn more quickly taking this approach instead of diving into advanced concepts without a practical example.

How do you spend your time away from coding?

I am usually out exploring, hiking, working on my photography, or playing guitar. 

Invisibility, Flight or Telepathy. Of these three superpowers, which would you choose and why?

Flight, in order to avoid Atlanta traffic jams.



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