Software Developer Profile: Meet Bo Malone

A new addition to Metova’s mobile developers, Bo is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in professional computer science and a minor in mathematics. Bo is familiar with a variety of programming languages and has completed several relevant projects. He has also worked as a 911 dispatcher and trainer for the Williamson County Department of Public Safety since 2006.

We recently sat down with Bo to ask him a few questions about his work, near field communication and the art of home brewing. Read on to learn more.

Tell us what you do here at Metova?

In just the past month, I’ve done front and backend Web development using Ruby on Rails and some Java development.

How would you say that working with Metova is different from other development firms?

Metova values trying new things, which fosters an environment centered on learning and developing technical skills. This is in stark contrast to many development firms that decide on specific technologies and then never deviate from that formula.

What’s one feature that you feel is essential to a great mobile app?

A great mobile app should have an intuitive and appropriate interface. Without this, no matter how revolutionary the ideas behind the app, it’s unlikely to succeed.

What’s one piece of advice you’d tell a young developer looking to get into the mobile app industry?

Stay current, read books and online tech blogs and develop! The best way to hone your skills is to practice them, which means making cool things in your spare time.

What technological advancement/shift should app developers pay attention to this year?

I think (and hope) that near field communication will continue to be put into new devices, and that we will see more innovations involving it.

What’s your favorite app?

Slacker Radio is my most used app by far.

Favorite hobbies?

Gaming, home brewing, computing, small Japanese cars and traveling.

Most prized possession?

My Honda S2000.

What would you like to cross off your “bucket list” next?

I’d like to take my family to Norway to see some fjords.