Meet Our Developers: José Guay

Meet Our Developers: José Guay

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Where are you from?

Guatemala City, Guatemala.

 What made you decide to become a developer?

Well, I was born in Guatemala City and grew up in Coban, in the north of the country. The city was small at the time and didn’t have the level of development the larger cities did.

When I was in high school I was first introduced to computers. Until that point, I had only seen them in movies or TV shows. I was fascinated with the possibilities of what they could do. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a technologist. I then went to college and majored in Computer Science.

What brought you to CSW Solutions?

In 1999 I was working as a project manager for a software company in Guatemala when I met Ray; we became good friends and co-workers until he moved and I lost track of him.

We reconnected in 2007 and he told me he had moved to the United States and opened a company called CSW Solutions with another technologist. We talked about the possibility of me working with them, and I started doing so, remotely from Guatemala, for about 2 years.

At that point they decided to sponsor my visa, and later the permanent residency, to come and live in the United States with my family.

Can you share at least one tool or trick that makes your life easier as a developer?

SQL Prompt from Red-Gate. It gives you intellisense (the way it was meant to be) for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

What is your favorite CMS and why?

Umbraco, an open source ASP.NET CMS. It is very easy to work with as a developer (and, as an admin, to manage), and provides nearly everything we need to give our customers in the solutions they seek.

What industry blogs or sites do you read no matter what?

Scott Hanselman’s blog, Mary Jo Foley’s articles on ZDNet, Paul Thurrott’s articles, and all kinds of books on my Kindle.

What motivates or inspires you?

Jesus Christ, my wife Karina and my two daughters, Sara and Samantha (in that order).

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

That despite the looks, I’m not just a pretty face but a nice guy. LOL.

What’s your favorite nickname and how did you get it?

Not sure if it is my favorite (I’m not too fond of nicknames), but at CSW sometimes they call me “The Telerik Ninja”. This was coined by Ray and Yoel after I wrote my first book.

What’s never missing in your daily routine?

Praying. Telling my family how much I love them. Some coffee (from Guatemala –the best).