A Step Into Jonathan Kowensky’s Little Code World

Based mostly in sunny South Africa, Jonathan Kowensky — higher often called Joni — is our fantastic Senior Developer. As a thrill seeker with distinctive puzzle-solving expertise and a thirst for data, Joni is, what we’d name, a king of all trades. 

Computing has all the time been a ardour for Joni, who has been taking part in with — and even constructing — computer systems since he was 14 years-old. It took no time earlier than he was delving into coding, finding out the fundamentals on the early age of 16. Now, Joni will get to construct new web sites from scratch, conduct web site velocity evaluation and optimization, and, when given the chance, create cool animations!

However software program growth isn’t his solely ardour. Earlier than turning into a Senior Developer at Brafton, he studied bodily rehabilitation and obtained intensive {qualifications} within the well being business, from diet, train science, post-op rehabilitation to most cancers rehabilitation. And he nonetheless discovered methods to include his technical expertise into his function as a bodily coach, creating an AI private coaching cellular software for high-risk purchasers known as reAnimate.

Working Amongst Creatives

Earlier than touchdown his present place at Brafton, Joni was eager to work inside a big staff that assigned ever-changing growth initiatives frequently. With our big selection of purchasers, it’s secure to say Joni received precisely what he was in search of.  

Shopper satisfaction is what drives Joni’s motivation at Brafton. Each single shopper mission is somebody’s precedence and he understands what it means to them. That’s why there’s nothing extra satisfying to him than making somebody’s concepts a actuality. He likes to view his work as shaping a “little code world” the place each side is recognized, managed and managed.

“I like working with such good, skilled and enjoyable individuals; with an enormous range in tradition and nationality.” He provides, “I actually benefit from the variation in initiatives at Brafton and being a part of such a strong and heat household.”

Moreover, regardless of having a largely technical function, Joni nonetheless will get to flex his inventive aspect. 

“It’s nice working with the creatives. We have now our role-specific quirks and really feel that we see eye to eye very properly. Though I’ve used the road ‘don’t belief the dev with fairly’ prior to now, I do really feel that within the moments the place purchasers go away some room for creativeness, I’m additionally a inventive.”

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Exercising the Thoughts

Joni’s impressively giant financial institution of information didn’t simply seem in a single day. He’s been absorbing copious quantities of knowledge for years. 

“The primary non-school guide I learn was Graham Hancock’s Orion Thriller. My grandmother gave it to me once I was 16 and boy was it a tricky learn. This opened my ardour into finding out theosophy, psychology, philosophy anthropology and esotericism. She taught me to ask ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ — she opened my thoughts a lot that it nearly fell out.”

Joni as soon as needed to spend a month in a library researching Einstein, Martin Buber, Mahatma Gandhi and Jan Smuts’ communications for a south african authorities heritage mission the place Mahatma Gandhi perfected Satyagraha (passive resistance). Apparently, he can nonetheless odor these outdated papers.

Now, Joni workouts his thoughts each week with coding riddles and challenges — asking the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ — and breaking down the puzzles piece by piece. He prides himself in his neuro linguistic programming capabilities; so far as coding goes, Joni primarily makes use of PHP, Sass (CSS), HTML, Javascript and jQuery on a machine working on Linux. 

The challenges don’t cease there. Joni’s conquered practically each factor, taking over wild stunts, resembling hearth spinning, water snowboarding, strolling on scorching coals and summiting Kilimanjaro — at this level, he’s confirmed to be anybody’s first selection as a zombie apocalypse companion. Regardless of these large achievements, the largest ongoing problem for Joni is with the ability to discover an object he’s in search of when it’s sitting proper in entrance of him.

Joni describes himself in the way in which he hopes others would, a caring, hard-working however easygoing one that may in all probability afford to discover ways to keep away from cracking jokes on the mistaken time. Each personally and professionally, he’s all the time prepared to supply a serving to hand, and he works arduous to grasp all views and realities at any given second. These embrace his personal views, these of individuals concerned and the reality that lies between. 

On the finish of a working day, you’ll discover Joni both peacefully tending to his herb and vegetable backyard, binge watching the most recent acclaimed TV sequence or competing in opposition to anybody who stands in his means in oculus paintball.