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Feature Spotlight (Adam Judd)

By Josh Bartolomucci | February 09, 2012

AdamEach month we try to bring you an in-depth and informative article about something that we feel makes FoxyCart special. This month that something is one of our developers, Adam Judd. Adam is located in Australia so it was most convenient to catch up with him via email. We sent Adam four questions to help you get to know him better. Between sessions of building the next awesome for FoxyCart, Adam was kind enough to answer them. We present his answers here for you so that you too can better understand one of the great “features” of FoxyCart, our developers.

1: What is your background in programming?

Essentially I kind of fell into programming. I never really programmed growing up, but played a little bit with some really embarrassingly basic html in high school that got me a bit interested in web development. At the end of high school though I thought I would be a graphic designer - and had enrolled at a University course for Visual Communication. During that three year course though I fell out of love a bit with the process of graphic design and I think it mainly came down to the lack of control I had in a lot of the process. I had become more increasingly involved in programming over that time with random little projects and could see that web development gave me the ability to control the quality of each aspect of the project from start to finish.

Straight after I graduated Uni at the end of 2006 I picked up a web development job at a local company and worked there for just over a year but the web dev aspect of the company was closed down after the other staff moved on to travel or other work. So at the beginning of 2008 I decided to go freelance and have been running my own business ever since.

I’m mostly self taught, and also learnt a lot from my time working with other developers after Uni. I work predominately with HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Ruby

2: How did you come to work at FoxyCart.

I guess you could say I kind of rose up through the ranks a little - I started out as a user on the forums asking questions about integrating FoxyCart into my clients sites and bugging Brett and Luke about shipping. As I got to know the system better I started answering other peoples questions too and as I enjoy JavaScript I helped quite a bit with custom JavaScript for peoples stores - mainly with shipping hacks. Back then it was basically Brett and Luke holding down the fort for forum and helpdesk support with one or two regular forum posters too. The way I saw it if I could spend a little time helping out in the forums then hopefully I could free up the guys to focus on developing FoxyCart even more.

As it turns out, Brett and Luke had a similar idea and approached me about coming onto the team to take on a role of support both on the forums and the helpdesk. And that’s kind of it. I joined the team back in March 2010 after being a member of the forums since August 2008.

It’s either that or because Brett has a weird fascination with Australians.

3: What are your hobbies?

I actually don’t have too many hobbies to be honest. My life tends to be pretty busy between FoxyCart work, running my own freelance web development business, volunteering with some local youth work and spending time with my beautiful wife. I usually end up doing some random coding in my downtime for personal projects - but I do enjoy gaming with friends in downtime, both first person shooters and the old board/card games.

4: What is the coolest feature you’ve worked on while at FoxyCart and why did you like it so much?

I’ve really enjoyed creating the JavaScript snippet hacks over the past while, like ‘multiple flat rate shipping’ and the bundled products snippet, it’s good fun. Why do I enjoy it so much? Probably because it’s problem solving. You start with a problem, and work out where you’d like to end up in terms of a solution and then code to get from a to b. It’s something that’s very satisfying for me. Probably the coolest project though is one that is still in development, which is a complete redesigning of the country/state autocompleter on the checkout. Keep an eye out for that one.

There you have it, Adam Judd in his own words. One of the more interesting things we get to do is talk to developers like Adam about what they are doing and why they are doing it. Finding developers like Adam, who are so passionate about development that it’s not only their job but a hobby as well, is always fun.

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