I consider myself pretty lucky when it comes to having cool summer jobs. Since I am 16 — the legal age for working during the holidays in Belgium — I have always been able to work as a web developer and not as some kind of plantation worker. But after 2 summers at Vision, I wanted something different and I tried my luck at Netlash.
A few e-mails and an interview later, Bart told me he got a job for me in August. Awesome!
On my first day at the Netlash office — which has a really cool location, right in the center of Ghent — I was introduced to Fork CMS and I must admit, it’s one of the better CMS’s I have seen so far. After I got up to speed with the Netlash workflow and project management, I got started on my first assignment: slicing and dicing be-organized.be. (Dicing, a word I was unfamiliar with first, apparently meant integrating the slice with the CMS, which is not that hard)
Now this wasn’t just a slice, because Johan was going to review my work, which was a first time for me. I’m glad he did that though because it’s something I learnt a lot from because he knows way too much about css and browser bugs too be healthy for a normal person, so he was an incredible source of tips and tricks. In the end, I was happy I didn’t have too much big mistakes in my slice.
Not only the designers at Netlash are awesome, the developers also seem to live only to kick ass, code wise then. The quality of their code is of really high standards and they expected the same of me. So before I could get started on writing code, I had to read the coding standards and swear an oath to follow them. If you want to see some of that code yourself, check out the library they’ve open-sourced.
In the following weeks, I did everything from newsletter-slicing to creating structure documents, with a great deal of variation every day and with the great finale of helping to launch the new Ancienne Belgique-website.
What I really liked at Netlash was the cool atmosphere, the always-present motivation to push yourself further, the gaming over lunch break but most of all the passion all these people had for their jobs. They’re not code monkeys, they all want to help building the best websites on the web.
I’d like to thank Bart and Dirk for letting me work in their wonderful company over summer. I sure hope I can come back for more