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Dev of the Week: Troy Miles

01.15.2014
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Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Troy Miles, full-stack mobile and web developer. Some of his most recent DZone contributions include:



    Thanks for talking to us! What have you been working on lately?

    My main work has been focused on KBB.com. I also do a lot of talks on development, I have MobileWebDevCon coming up in January in San Francisco. I also plan to do more hackathons. I finished a runner-up at the Tizen Devlab and Hackathon in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and I will be at the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in Las Vegas in January

    You seem to identify mostly as a mobile developer. What are some of the most enjoyable and least enjoyable things about coding for mobile? Where do you see mobile development going in 2014?

    The coolest thing about mobile is the ubiquity of it. It seems like everyone has a mobile phone or tablet. I listened to two older women arguing in line at a store about which was better, Apple or Android. How cool is that? The least enjoyable thing is that there are so many platforms. Porting isn't fun. Besides the big two platforms, Apple & Android, there are other good platforms like Windows Phone 8, Tizen, and Firefox OS. Luckily HTML5 has become a viable choice.

    Are there any particular developer tools or resources you couldn't live without?

    The Chrome Browser has become my indispensable tool. I use it in both mobile and web development. It seems to get better every week.

    Do you have a favorite open source project (or projects) that you've contributed to recently?

    I am sad to say I haven't contributed recently to any open source projects. I did a blog post about a jQuery Mobile widget, but I haven't officially released it yet.

    Do you follow any blogs or Twitter feeds that you would recommend to developers?

    Besides DZone, I like HTML5Rocks.com, because it rocks and I like Chrome developer tools. On Twitter, I follow a lot of my friends and devs like Paul Irish, Reto Meier, and Addy Osmani.

    Did you have a coding first love -- a particular program, gadget, game, or language that set you on the path to life as a developer?

    My first coding love was 6502 assembly. Its instruction set was so minimalistic, it was like the first RISC CPU. In those days of cartridge games and cheap home computers, when you ran out of memory, the app was done. In many ways JavaScript today reminds me of 6502 then. You have a minimalistic instruction set, primitive tools, and programming reduced down to its most basic, most fun parts.

    Anything else you'd like to mention?

    I code because it is fun. At the end of day, if you are not having fun, you aren't doing it right. There are more options for developers now than there have ever been before. Find something that makes you happy.


    Thanks, Troy!

    Check out Troy's blog and on Twitter!