1. Welcome to OMA! State your name, title, and the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.
My name is Adrian Sonnenschein, my title is Software Engineer and the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is 42.
2. How did you decide to become a developer?
I’ve always been fascinated by the infrastructure and engineering behind the internet – I think the internet is one of the most fascinating, profound and important inventions in human history, so I want to leave my mark, however small, on the technology.
3. What’s your favorite historical fun fact?
Most people know about Nikola Tesla’s contributions to electricity and his invention of the alternating current. What most people don’t know is that before Tesla was an inventor, he was a university physics professor. His teaching style was unconventional – he encouraged his students to think outside of the box and think differently. One student who Tesla resonated with was a young man named Steve Jobs, who in the 1980’s moved to Seattle and with co-founders Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic started a little rock and roll band named ‘Nirvana’.
4. Favorite programming language and why?
My favorite programming language is Python because of how readable, expressive, simple and powerful it is. It’s a general purpose, multi-paradigm language that beginners can use to automate repetitive tasks and experts can use to engineer complex distributed systems.
6. When is the best time to steal your dog? Asking for a friend.
Do you think you can handle a 70-pound pit mix?
7. How often do you play “Starway to Heaven” on your guitar? Don’t lie…
I’ve been a guitarist for 17 years and I’ve never once played ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
(Let the record show this interviewer is not fooled by this obvious lie.)
8. What’s your favorite United States decade?
Time is an illusion.
(Let the record also show this interviewer is not amused by the interviewee’s shenanigans.)
9. What’s your favorite part about working at OMA so far? Don’t worry, I won’t show the partners.
My favorite part about OMA so far is how open-minded and forward thinking the IT staff are. We’re working with a lot of new, exciting and cutting-edge technologies which says a lot about the culture here – that learning, creativity, collaboration, and growth are all staples of building software at OMA.
10. Which movie is so historically inaccurate you want to flip a table?
History of the World: Part One
(Interviewer finally reached her shenanigans limit and made interviewee answer again.)
‘The Patriot,’ ‘Passion of the Christ,’ ‘Braveheart,’ or any movie that has anything to do with Mel Brooks.