Meet The Team: Nial Muecke, our Senior PHP Developer
How did you join the team?
The usual way, I applied for lots of jobs and Lucidity was the one that said yes.
I started with Lucidity back before we were known as Cruse. Before that I worked for a small software development company, JustSYS, that specialised in knowledge based system and data mining. While I was working for JustSYS, I was encouraged to pursue a PHD, which I did. This was impart due to the fact that when I finished my university studies the IT job marked was almost impossible to get into and wanting to see just what I was capable of. However by the time I had finished my PHD JustSYS was no longer a company and I was looking for work.
What is your favourite function on the Lucidity Software?
That's a tricky one and one that changes day to day.
Solving problems: Sometimes the problems can be extremely frustrating, but that make them all the more rewarding/satisfying to solve.
See my design or solutions implemented and it working: Being able to communicate my plan/solution to another member of the team and having them solve it can be just as, if not more so, rewarding than doing it yourself.
Learning new thing and be pushed outside of comfort zone, even if some time a little daunting.
Most of all though, Creating / improving and fixing thing.
What do you do when you’re not at your desk?
When I'm not at work, I'm spending time with my wife and 3 children. Building Lego with my eldest and sighing when he asked me to re-build whatever it was the hey just disassembled, which was probably only fixed the day before. When I get permission, I enjoy spending some time out into the garden and seeing little by little the changes.
Mac or PC?
Was originally Linux os PC but have been converted to Mac and happy with it for the last few years.
There are somethings about Apple/product as a company that I dislike. For example: the elitism/perceived prestige associated with their products, cost and restrictions on how you can do something. There are also a lot of aspects that I like, particularly: unified platform, well maintained Unix based os, mostly intuitive design (such that my two year old know how to work my phone) and willingness to explore new ideas/technologies. Also I will add that from a development perspective Apple's control over their products, make developing for them much easier. Take the Lucidity App for example, there are about 12 Apple devices, compare that to over 12,000 Android device that can potentially use that app.
While I would say that there are pros and cons to each platform, I think that it comes down to the right tool for the right job and they you have to be happy with the tools you use.