Know This Nerd? Meet Chak Potluri

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Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 8.31.11 AMChak Potluri is a freelance software developer in Minnesota.

What initially sparked your interest in technology?

I am originally from India and we had 1 hour of computer games per week. I was excited to play MARIO and bird shooting games.This sparked interest in exploring how these were built.

What was the first programming language you learned?

My first programming language was BASIC. It was fun to write small programs when I was kid and see a big box called a computer respond to my instructions.

What do you do now?

I am a full stack engineer with primary focus on Web Services and Integration. I have worked on hybrid mobile applications integrating with WCF and WebAPI’s along with enterprise web applications built in C# asp.net. I have done POC’s using gradle, generating android Apks.

How did you develop the skillsets to get to where you are today?

I have a computer science degree from University of Texas and have worked in various domains(retail/healthcare/finance) and startups.

What tools do you use on a daily basis?

Visual Studio/Jira/Confluence/Android Studio

What is your favorite part of your job?

I like debugging issues and identifying root cause for complex problems. Doing this on day to day basis in an enterprise to satisfy customer needs provides immense joy and satisfaction and is the driving force for me to build great software.

What is your biggest programming pet peeve?

I am learning IOS programming in SWIFT and having fun writing apps on it. I am also interested in Progressive Webapps (PWAs).

Any advice for people considering a career in programming?

If you like programming, start writing code. Look into code.org

Where do you think technology will be as it relates to you in five years?

Artificial Intelligence is the next go-to stop. Look into tensor flow and research being done at Google (deep learning).

What was the coolest, but most useless bit of programming you’ve seen lately?

Micro services are cool, but if not used in the correct pattern add additional complexity and are less feasible for simple applications. I’m ot a big fan of over-engineering and prefer simplicity.

What are you into outside of tech?

I like fishing and had luck with great barracuda in the Mexican shores. I am currently enjoying our new baby girl Sanvi Krishna.

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