Jonathan, multilingual website developer
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Today, we enter the world of Jonathan Lagache, multilingual website developer This passionate, web developer expert, has entirely restructured ACSTraduction’s website. Thanks to him, you can effortlessly navigate our new, more convenient, intuitive website. Let’s meet this expert!
Hello Jonathan, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
What did you do to become a web developer?
After completing 1ère Scientifique specialising in mathematics [year 12 Science Track], I changed fields and did another year of 1ère [Science and Industrial Technologies, and Sustainable Development] [sciences et technologies de l’industrie et du développement durable] Specialisation: Digital and information systems I have always been interested in this field. I even began programming at a very young age. In secondary school, programme design classes always fascinated me.
While others used calculators to cheat, I used to programme tools that solved the entire problem. Ultimately, programming is very mathematic. After my A levels, I enrolled in TSI [Technology and industrial sciences] university preparatory classes. [Technologies et Sciences Industrielles], and my chosen specialities were supplementary maths and specialised maths. I wanted to apply to engineering schools, but admission to the competitions is expensive.
In second year, the course concentrated on web developing, either PHP scripting language “object-oriented” that allows for more effective and dynamic site management, thanks to the creation of a toolbox that’s used for multiple projects. This scripting languages also allows you to apply modifications to an entire website.
I wanted to find a work placement during my second year. ACSTraduction were looking for help developing their websites and had got in contact with my school, who recommended me, given that I already had some professional experience in this area. I was very interested, it was related to the work I was doing at ARIES, and I also had the knowledge to carry out this project. So, I went for it.
What’s the difference between a computer engineer and a web developer?
A computer engineer learns more programming languages than a web developer. A computer engineer has a master’s degree and can do everything in terms of developing because all programming languages are structurally similar to the ones that they study. A Web developers are more like technicians who work with the languages that they already have extensive knowledge of, but they can always learn new languages independently.
What’s the difference between a graphic designer and a web developer?
Graphic designers deal with the aesthetic parts, the graphic charter, the visual identity of the company.
Web developers deal with the creation and updating of the website. So, at times, we do end up working together.
What have you done since joining ACSTraduction?
I’ve restructured and updated all three of ACSTraduction’s websites, as well as repairing some bugs, especially bugs concerning the theme of the website [style] and the plug-ins that the site uses. I’ve collaborated with the business WPML on a daily basis, as well as with the graphic designer that works for ACSTraduction, but also with Daphné Charpin-Lèbre, professional client manage, and Sophie André, manager of the online shop.
They have supervised the design so that it can be best adapted to the needs of ACSTraduction. I also help the team with any day-today tech problems. Computer maintenance isn’t my job, but I’m happy to lend a hand especially when it’s an area that I know well.
Do you have any future web developing projects?
I’d like to continue web developing and perfect my knowledge of Python, especially in order to accompany ACSTraduction in their ventures into the development of artificial intelligence. After that, I’d like to move to Québec and work for a web agency for example.
What are the qualities of a good web developer?
It is very important to be independent, to persevere, and to be enthusiastic. Being a web developer means dedicating time and having great research skills, as well as communication skills, for example, asking questions and listening to your clients’ needs.
What do you like the most about your job?
I really like the independence of this job and being able to organise myself. This job requires a very methodical organisation, a lot of discipline and precision.
What cliché relating to your profession would you like to clear up?
Creating a website takes a lot of time, it can’t be done in a day!
What’s your philosophy?
Follow things through. 🙂
By Medge ALLOUCHERY for ACSTraduction 2019
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