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Staff Spotlight – Rufus Mall

Our latest team spotlight is our iOS guru, senior software engineer, Rufus Mall.

Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?

My name is Rufus Mall. I’ve been working as a Software Engineer at Linknode for around three and a half years now. The main skills I use of at Linknode are Graphics Programming and iOS Development. I spent the first three years of my time at Linknode working on VentusAR but have now moved on to working on our upcoming product UrbanPlanAR.

My favourite person in the world (alongside Steve Wozniak)

How has Linknode helped you in your career development?

In 2014, I jetted off to Atlanta for the Xamarin Evolve conference. In addition to the actual conference talks being great to learn from, being able to talk and network with other developers was an invaluable experience. I made some contacts there which I still sometimes ask for help and advice. There is only so much you can take away from books etc.

In addition to this, in the office, we have something called “Ten percent time” – basically on a Friday afternoon we can work on anything we want as long as it is related to our job. I usually spend this time watching YouTube videos while building little tech demo’s to prototype new features we could add to our products.

What technologies, processes, and techniques do you get to use?

When it comes to technology we mainly build Augmented/Virtual Reality Mobile Applications using Xamarin technologies. Every now and then I work on really interesting stuff, such as Google Cardboard, and just last week I went down to England to work with HorizonAP who specialise in high quality filming/photography from drones. The project lasted a short two days, with the aim of seeing what we could build to support/control the drones over a period of two days, and more importantly what future opportunities this could lead to. We also have an Oculus Rift sitting in the office – something which I plan on asking if I can “borrow” as soon as mac support is released!

What is your proudest moment at Linknode?

One of my proudest moments was when we launched VentusAR. It was a good feeling showing off something we had spent a lot of hours building. Another was when I was went down south to provide a new client with the equipment and do some basic training on VentusAR. The client was so enthusiastic over the product and kept trying things while having a large smile on his face. At this point I was the sole 3D/iOS Engineer working on the project and it was a great feeling seeing someone get excited about the visuals and features I had built.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

With me this tends to vary a lot, I like to learn new skills – not always related to my day job – so I do a lot of reading etc. The other things I enjoy are listening to and playing music, and when I get the time: going on long walks, visiting castles and museums among other hobbies. In general I am happy as long as am doing something… In my family I am known for my inability to just sit down and do nothing!

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Lately I have been going to Pinto’s and eating burrito’s on almost a weekly basis – I am somewhat addicted – so that would be my first choice. Extra large helping of Guacamole please!

What books are at your bedside?

I actually do a huge amount of reading, though mostly from electronic media. However the three books I literately have “at my beside” are: The Pragmatic Programmer, The Richest Man in Babylon and the Steve Jobs Biography.

What did you want to be when growing up?

While growing up I was always interested in planes and had always wanted to be an airline pilot. I used to fly relatively frequently as a child and have fond memories of being in awe especially during takeoff and landing (while my sisters screamed and puked all around me…). If I wasn’t a software engineer this is definitely something I would have pursued. I sometimes still toy with the idea of training to get my private pilot’s license.