Developer Showcase #4 - Dobrila (Junior Programmer)

  • Hey, everyone, I hope you missed me!

    New week, new developer showcase - this Wednesday you're meeting Dobrila, our Junior Programmer, who you've asked for, so we're obliging because we're nice like that.

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    A script kitty in a sea of code monkeys. A baby hacker and the 3rd Charlie's Angel. A real life Disney princess with 8 years of karate training.

    Dobrila is a computer science student in her final year of school studying for her Master's degree, which is pretty impressive in and of itself even if she wasn't working full-time. She's only been with us for several months, but she's blended in perfectly, so now we're just waiting on her to write her damn thesis, so we can give her the forever-contract and make her sign it with blood.

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    Dobrila casually doing some analogue programming before running off to our yoga class

    We sat down for a chat and I asked about her list of tasks to see if there's anything fun I could write about. Honestly, I have no idea. Aside from the fact that she speaks l1k3 7h15 irl, I've soon come to realize that she gets to do the stuff no one else wants to do. She says she doesn't mind too much though, because apparently she likes boring stuff and coding is fun. This is an obvious lie, but our bosses are reading this, sup Dini & Pong, love ya.

    Her first task here was to overhaul the way in which we saved the event statistics. That's the official answer. The unofficial answer is that she created it from scratch. We didn't have a base before and now we do. I asked why we even need one, but it's a secret. I know, but you don't. HA HA. No, really, I can't tell you because it would spoil your fun, but you'll find out eventually.

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    She hates having her pictures taken as much as I hate taking pictures, so it worked out perfectly!

    Dobrila begged me not to write about this next part because she's shy about it, but I feel like great things should be talked about, so I'll just ignore her pleas. She started her programming adventure when she was 8 years old. She went to a fancy elementary school with a good computer science program and she fell in love with the code. She took part in various competitions throughout her primary education and then in high school decided she wanted to try and get into game development. She got into the computer science program at one of the best universities in the region and also enrolled into Machina, a privately-owned local gamedev academy. Her mentor there was Dini, who had decided it was a good idea for him to moonlight as a C++ teacher for some reason - she was invited for an interview, aced her tests and the rest is history.

    At the moment, Dobrila is working on implementing achievements into the game. You're getting them really soon, but the first batch will only have 10(ish) of them just to test them out and see how you guys feel about them. The whole process was honestly very straightforward. She sent us a huge list of achievements she thought would be cool to have in the game, Josip and I are supposed to write the funny names and descriptions, Ivona is drawing the icons, and then Dobrila does her black magic and actually programs them into the game. Easy-peasy.

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    Here's some achievement icons. Dobrila didn't make these, but they're vaguely related and it's still better than screenshots of code.

    That's it for today's Developer Showcase! Show some love to our Dobrila in the comments down below and I'll see you again next Wednesday! Josip will talk to you before that, on Friday, when you'll get to read the next page of our comic and you might also get something else. You know I can't tell you, but I'll never stop teasing.

    Instead of the usual "Love, Tena", I'm leaving you with a goodbye message from Dobrila!
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    Freundlicher Gruss

    Cyb3r | Russell Tovey

    Projektleitung & Inhaber

    TSPD Ausbildungsleiter


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