It’s June, and in our part of the world it’s getting hot and sunny outside. Birds are singing, children are playing in the park, and nature is growing like crazy. You know what else is surging? We are! Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the newest member of our Wayk Now Software Development team: please give a warm welcome to Ghyslain Champagne!
Recently, I had the chance to chat with Ghyslain and learn more about his background, role, hobbies and so on. Here’s a look at our conversation:
Can you tell me a bit about your professional background?
I have over a decade of experience as a programmer, including many years as a lead programmer. I’ve worked in several industries, including web development, ERP and video games. Some of the titles I’ve worked on include Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions for PS3, Xbox and Wii, and several mobile games such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and the prototype for the Battle Fleet of Dragons: Rise of Berk on Android, iOS and Facebook. In terms of education, I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Université de Sherbrooke.
What would you say is your biggest professional achievement?
When I worked with a large video game development company, I had to implement the front-end tier of an asynchronous multiplayer system. It was a very challenging project, since all of the games had to be stored in the cloud, and optimization, performance and management of archive data was a must. I was proud that my design worked well and was distributed worldwide. Another achievement that I’m proud of was having the opportunity to work at a client’s location in France for six weeks. It was really challenging and interesting to work at an organization that was using our solution.
What was it about Devolutions that made you want to work here?
I’ve worked on many object-oriented programming projects in the pasts, but I wanted to develop my skills and do something more challenging in the C programming space. Devolutions is a well-respected company in the high-tech field, and the products they create are world-class. Plus, the company is close to where I live, so I don’t have to deal with traffic or a long commute.
What would you say are your top three strengths at work?
I’m an autodidact, which is a great tool to have as a programmer since there is always new stuff to learn. Technology is evolving and so should we!
I’m also conscientious and meticulous, and work hard to produce the best products that are as bug free as possible. I have a reputation for rigorously testing my solutions, and have received a lot of positive feedback from satisfied clients.
I would also say that I’m passionate about learning new skills and meeting new challenges. I love my job, and this is reflected in the quality of my work and my willingness to help my colleagues and clients.
What tasks do you carry out in your job, and what are some of the tools that you use?
As part of the Wayk Now Software Development team, I help design and develop both the product itself and various support solutions, such as the authentication certificate tool. I’m programming in C, and use Git, GitKraken, CMake and Visual Studio 2015.
What are your impressions of working here?
Working here is absolutely breathtaking! Everybody is so positive and welcoming. I’ve spoken with David on several occasions and discovered that Devolutions takes the well-being of its staff very seriously. Everyone here is proud of their work, and of the excellent reputation that Devolutions has earned in the industry.
What goals would you like to achieve at Devolutions?
I’d like to further develop my low-level programming skills and improve my overall expertise with memory management, optimization and raw data management. Programming in C is a big step in the right direction.
On a personal note, what are some of your hobbies and interests?
Since I like to learn new things, I have several hobbies. When it’s sunny, I like to go out for some spinning. When I stay inside, I play video games or craft stuff for fun. I’ve also written stage plays that have been performed, and I like binge-watching documentaries such as Cosmos. And more on video games: since I’m such a fan, I’ve developed some at home using third party engines like Unity. Recently, for fun, I developed some cool titles for the 6502 chip, which is better known as Nintendo NES.
Please share a few words with our community of IT pros:
To all of you hardworking IT pros out there, be assured that everyone here is totally committed to quality and meeting your needs. I’m proud to be part of this big family and am dedicated to helping produce the very best products for you and your teams!