Each month, we spotlight one of our amazing team members who work hard to bring you great results. Today, we interviewed Steven Murray from our development team. Let's get started!
1. What’s your role at Mediacurrent, both internally and client-related?
I’m a senior developer here at Mediacurrent. I tend to work on things that involve either front or backend development. Currently, my day to day work usually involves working on React-based projects such as static site generation with GatsbyJS or standalone apps and custom components.
2. Give us an idea of what professional path brought you here.
I’ve been working within the Drupal community for quite some time, either with a company that had more of an internal team for day to day work or with one that mainly works as a third party for development and maintenance. A fellow co-worker that I knew locally mentioned that he too worked on Drupal and talked about his company and I felt that Mediacurrent would be a better fit for me than who I was working for at that time. I applied and the rest is history!
3. How did you first get involved with Drupal?
Back in college, I was actually focusing more on a systems administrator role and was working directly with my computer science department in sort of an internship job. It was pretty demanding with my time and it was very hard for me to balance keeping up with my responsibilities related to work and school. I received some pretty good advice to perhaps look into another field of work, which led me to another internship (and first web-related job!) related to a professor’s research on content management systems using Joomla.
His research was partnered with a company, xTuple, and once that initial internship was complete, I went on to work with them. Joomla was still on its 1.0 version back then and the company I was working for moved on to using Drupal 6 since its community and available functionality was much more robust.
4. Is there a go-to Drupal module that you like to incorporate whenever possible?
I find myself either using or supporting the JSON API module whenever possible, as most Drupal sites that I’m working with have a need to expose their content to an API so that it can be consumed by a static site generator.
5. Do you have any recommended reading or books that you would suggest to others?
The His Dark Materials series and the Inheritance Cycle series. Very good work, and I feel the latter is an underrated series of books sometimes due to the terrible movie that was made of the first book!
6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a pretty big gamer! Most of the time I end up playing things solo in action/adventure type genres, but I’ve been known to play a fighter or two online with others.
While that takes up a lot of my time, recently I picked up learning a lot about coffee brewing. I have a slow drip Kyoto tower, an automatic pour-over machine, and an Aeropress (my favorite) for day to day coffee making.
Other interests include making natural products using essential oils such as perfumes, colognes, and body care essentials and research into various up and coming technologies in various fields of work.
7. What do you like about Mediacurrent?
I like that I can feel confident my opinions and thoughts are both listened to and taken into account when it comes to any concerns that come up with either client-facing or internal projects. I really love all the miscellaneous chat channels we have to keep up discussions on interests - that’s where my coffee-related hobbies came from!