In this Cosmic Developer Spotlight, we sat down with Yew Wee Chua, Chief Technology Officer of Second Wind Nation whose team has largely focused on data analytics and web development over the last several years. They're currently building out content-driven applications for teams of content editors with specific areas of focus to contribute content to a more comprehensive publication site. Read the Second Wind Nation Case Study. Check Yew out on Twitter or LinkedIn, and enjoy the Q/A.
1. How long have you been building software?
My team and I have been building software for about 2-3 years. Our background is primarily in data analytics and web development.
2. What is your preferred development stack?
MERN. MERN stands for Mongo DB, Express.js, React and Node.js. To see all of the tools that Cosmic works well with and supports, check out the Cosmic Knowledge Base.
3. What past projects are you most proud of and why?
Building a web-based search application for a large mining company. We developed and brought it into production within 2 weeks. Additionally it has cool features such as a recommendation engine based on the user's search history. I'm proud of it because we only had 2 weeks to bring it to production.
4. Talk a little bit more about your process for building apps. How has Cosmic sped up your time to market for project delivery deadlines?
We typically work using the agile scrum method, getting the software requirements from the business, prioritizing features on the product backlogs, sprint planning and so on. Cosmic has freed us from worrying about the backend CMS and now we spend more time on building the front-end as well as deploying the application.
Previously we were using WordPress. WordPress was limiting as whenever we needed new features to be added onto the application, we were required to add additional plugins which result in the clunkiness of the application. Thus we moved away from WordPress and found Cosmic as our solution for a headless CMS.
5. What are some technologies you are excited about that you are using today, or want to learn more about?
We will want to learn more about containerizing our application and employ a continuous deployment of our containerized application on the cloud.