I can still remember the day Matthias sent this article published on the 13h37 blog. We were looking for a frontend developer and we asked him if he knew someone who could fit in the position. Instead of sending us a resume, he gave us a blog post. It was a retrospective of 10 years as a professional front-end developer. We were excited by reading this in-depth analysis that matched our own experience at Cozy.
It was written by Noëlie Andrieu, a software engineer in her thirties. There wasn’t a second to waste: I contacted her and shortly after, we met in a trendy bar called Le Comptoir Général. It’s located in the 10th district of Paris, near the Canal Saint-Martin. The place is spacious and has a retro-african style, and most of all, it is quiet. Perfect for a job interview. There I talked about my background and told the story of the Cozy project. Then, Noëlie told me her own story and I was able to discuss with her about her technical skills. I enjoyed seeing that she valued simple, straightforward solutions over complex ones and that she kept her up to date with latest technologies available. But now, let met talk to you about her background.
She discovered computer science later than a usual programmer. After her bachelor, she started some courses in the computer science field. There, she found her new passion: programming. And because she likes visual things, she oriented her work on the frontend development. She worked for a web agency and enjoyed doing several missions in the web development field. She finally worked for Skyblog which was the most popular French social network at that time (it was before the arrival of Facebook in France). She experienced what a rapid-growth is. Then she joined 20 minutes, a high traffic news platform. As you can guess, she learned a lot from such a versatile background.
On her free time, she decided to join the organization team of ParisWeb, a famous meetup around web technologies, accessibility and design. They promote free software and good practices. No need to say that it’s one of our favorite events. So, during two years, she contributed to one of the biggest event around web development.
Besides, Noëlie is deeply involved into the DIY movement! Aside of programming she loves to do knitting and embroidery as a hobby. Though it may sound surprising, fashion and knitting shares many similarities with the Free and Open Source Software movement. You can build new clothes by yourself, you can remix existing ones and even better you can use patterns shared and improved by all the knitting community. Another thing that pleased us!
Overall we were glad to meet Noëlie, she had the skills we were looking for and she shared many values with us: good practices, the “do it yourself” panache, along with diversity and knowledge sharing. Since her arrival, she works on our Emails client and is building solid foundations to make it performant and easy to maintain. So for the autumn, we put in our order of a set of handmade scarfs and a beautiful Emails client!