Welcome back to one of our favourite blog series, where a different member of the team is introduced on the second Monday of each month. In these posts, you can find out more about the hoodies behind Zerocopter.
This month we have talked with Petr Mares, our front-end engineer. Petr takes care of the implementation of the created designs to the website and ensures their functionality.
Please tell us a bit about yourself, who is Petr Mares?
My name is Petr, and I just started my second year here at Zerocopter as a front-end engineer. I was born and raised in the Czech Republic but have lived in Taiwan for the past 13 years.
How would you describe your job title in a couple of words?
As a front-end engineer, my main job is to take beautiful designs created by Lars, our UX designer, and turn them into a functional website.
What do you like about working as a frontend developer at Zerocopter?
Building the front-end is really cool because it connects all the pieces of the development puzzle - requirements from the product owner, sketches from designers, data from backend guys - and the output is what our users see and use every day.
How did you end up at Zerocopter?
I have known Mariusz, our former software developer, for many years. I worked in a large corporation for the past 4 years, so when he mentioned Zerocopter is looking for a front-end developer, I thought it might be a nice change to go to a smaller team with a larger impact on the actual product.
If you could trade positions with anyone in Zerocopter for a day, what would it be and why?
Since I can only choose one role, it would probably be the product owner. I would like to know more details about what awesome features we are going to work on in the future.
What have you learned from working at Zerocopter?
My previous work was focused on high-traffic websites, so loading speed and SEO optimizations were a priority. Zerocopter, on the other hand, is all about security, so we also need to ensure our application is secure.
What resources( books/podcast/courses etc) would you recommend to someone (new) in this industry?
I can't recommend any specific book or article. What worked for me was to try everything. Anytime you think about how something can be done, just try to build it for yourself.
When was the first time that you heard about the term “bug bounty” or “RD/CVD”?
I believe most people working in development have heard about Bug Bounties. But I heard about RD/CVD only after I applied for a job at Zerocopter.
What is your favourite stereotype about the hacking industry and why?
Every movie where you see a "hacker" typing super fast on a keyboard, tones of windows popping on top of one another.
We hope you enjoyed the blog and got to know more about Petr. Stay tuned for the new blog in April, and find out more about the hoodies behind Zerocopter!