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    • chadpik123 asked Dave a question

      Are you the dave whose number is written on the door of the storage closet for AH packages

      Answered: Jan 30, 2018

      I've had to struggle for years with the fact that there are other "Dave"s out there. I guess on one hand, it does fill me with a sense of belonging to something greater than myself. A sort of "Dave" collective, if you will. But on the other hand, when the name "Dave" is called out while I'm waiting to pick up my take-out, or when I hear the name "Dave" spoken by people I pass by, I can't help but wonder... "Dave", like me? Or some other "Dave"? The elevation of titles from a simple taxonomy by which we concretely identify certain things we encounter to an all-out proxy representation of a specific instance of a thing among other commonly labeled things is at the core of the oft-asked question: "What's in a name?". I have no answer for this.


      There is only one thing I can say for certain which I find myself saying quite often: "Naw, 's probably some other Dave."

    • EricHVela asked Dave a question

      For your 2 year anniversary with RT, what's the weirdest or silliest bit of code you've encountered or created?

      Answered: Jun 30, 2017

      I've really been thinking hard about this to answer your question... but I'm coming up blank. Its not that there isn't any, actually, but that I've seen so much that it's hard to grab a good example. 


      But since I feel bad I can't give you an entertaining answer, how about a fun cat gif instead?


      RmnlVvy.gif

    • Just realized something...

      1 year ago

      Dave Engineering Data/Ops

      Time sure does fly, huh? I just realize that today is my official 2 year mark here at Rooster Teeth! Can't thank @Adam enough for originally extending me the opportunity. It's certainly been a very interesting 2 years and I'm looking forward to more to come!  

    • fleeting asked Dave a question

      What is normally in your headphones while coding; any specific artists, playlists, or podcasts?

      Answered: Jun 29, 2017

      Good question, actually, and I have to give a surprising amount of thought to that one. A lot of the times I have some long-form content from our site (works as both QA and good background enjoyment) like RT Podcast, Always Open, or Off Topic (with the occaisional Dude Soup). That's not as much of a plug as it sounds... I was a fan before I worked here lol.


      When I'm in the mood for music... man that depends. I've got a ton of different mixes I jump through that range from including Skrillex to Lindsey Stirling to Bad Religion. It's a pretty crazy place in my iTunes account. On some of the really hard problems though... ya know... the ones that make you want to break things... I generally will put on something a little more calm and have a couple mixes with Arthur Rubinstien playing Chopin and another personal favorite Anne-Sophie Mutter playing various violin pieces with piano accompaniment (I recommend her rendition of Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saens). That's probably considered cliche and cheesy... but it's absolutely one of the best ways I can calm down lol. 


      I was a classical music nerd growing up so I have more of that in my library than not, but I also very much enjoy a wide array of various styles and artists just to keep things fresh. Oh, and I have a little collection of J-Pop because Japan.


      For Podcasts specifically, outside of the ones I mentioned, I absolutely LOVE listening to a group called Idle Thumbs. They have a new-ish podcast called "Important if True" that I cannot recommend enough. Those are more of a "on the way to work and home" thing, but sometimes they get some dev time too.


      I should try some services like Spotify or Pandora, like my friends have recommended, just to add even more variety... but I'm currently very much a creature of habit and if I've listened to the same song 10,000 times, its probably one that I really like anyways, so I'm ok with it. And besides... when you're coding, it's all background noise anyways, right?


       musical_note

    • fleeting asked Dave a question

      What does your local dev setup look like; OS, code editor, terminal/command line app (if different then default), vagrant or docker, etc?

      Answered: Jun 29, 2017

      I have a lot of personal preferences, as do most developers.  I'm using the JetBrains IDE suite for Ruby and PHP (RubyMine, PHPStorm) just because it has a lot of fun toys I like. Secondary to that I still also use SublimeText 2. Huge fan. In my console, I'm running iTerm with OhMyZsh for the pretties. DB access is through SQLPro cuz it works on Mac and its free. Oh, and I'm on Mac OSX exclusively... cuz dat console tho. Git is handle via console, no fancy git tools or anything cuz I'm old and don't want to change. 


      As far as virtual servers, the current RT website is in vagrant. I've been on vagrant for awhile and like it. It's got its drawbacks, but virtualization always does. We're moving to Docker for the new services though. There are several on that right now, actually. I'm pretty unfamiliar with it and am very much a Docker-noob... but a few of the guys here are good with it and I'll be picking up that skill soon.


      As for hardware, I'm primarily on a 2015 Mac Book Pro and refuse to upgrade because I HATE the new ones. Stupid touch bar is stupid. I hook up a Razer BlackWidow keyboard and Razer Naga mouse. I generally run 2 external monitors and use my laptop as a "third" monitor. It mostly works for that. Got a nice squishy pair of bluetooth skull candies (the kind with lots of ear padding). And finally I've got a slew of items in my "nerd shrine" surrounding my desk including, but not limited to, almost the entire run of Funko Pop Overwatch vinyls (D.va is my favorite by far of those), a set of RWBY figures I bought before I worked here and have somehow survived the several moves since then, and various other knick-knacks that make me happy when I look away from my monitor.


      All above items are purely my preference and by no means should be taken as "correct" or "optimal", but I really like them!

    • Mister_Hart asked Dave a question

      My code is invalid for rtx 2017. Can i get another one?

      Answered: Jun 23, 2017

      Those are handled through Front Gate - If you have any questions or concerns when using your code, please contact Front Gate support ASAP: 1-888-512-7469

    • XxHunter82xX asked Dave a question

      I'm curious about the engineering environment at RT. Are developers mixed in with the rest of the company? How about the different engineering departments? Do you cross-pollinate w/ the game dev team?

      Answered: Jun 12, 2017

      Engineering is a pretty small team (currently you can count us all using 1 standard hand, and 1 additional finger) that isn't really mixed in anywhere else. There's good deal of cross-department coordination that happens depending on the type of project, but we're not really "mixed in". Our disciplines are very different, so we haven't really worked too much with the Game Dev guys either, but we'd like to in the future when our plates are clear of the current projects we're hard at work on!

    • EaglesX63 asked Dave a question

      I'm 23 and work in an entirely different profession than Web Dev. How do I get past the idea of being 28 as an entry level Web Dev after going back to school?

      Answered: Nov 7, 2016

      That is exactly what I did. I'd served 10 years in the Air Force in a completely, utterly, and totally, unrelated field. Upon getting out, I realized I needed to jump on getting a civilian job. I was 28. I had some experience prior, but not much and no formal training to speak of. So I hit the books, went to school, and was lucky enough to get a job while I was still in school working for an e-commerce company.


      Its tough, I'm not going to lie. Here I was, 28 going on 29 (at which point I stopped aging entirely... and am still, in fact, 29...) working my first year with 21 and 22-year-olds. In one case, I was basically working "for" a 22 year old. I've had jobs at companies where I was about 4 years older than the owner...


      The thing is, who cares? It doesn't matter, really. Learn the trade, get good at it, and age really doesn't mean anything at the end of the day. I think the problem we have is that pride we have thinking we "know better than these damned kids". But if someone has been doing this since they were 16, I'd be HAPPY to learn something from them at 24.


      My advice? Don't even worry about it. Study hard, give it everything you have, and it'll all work out fine. The age thing is just a small detail, and a pretty irrelevant one at that. You're 23! You've literally got a 5 year head-start on me! Go get'em!

    • ZedTheYeti asked Dave a question

      From a curious tech-person view, why don't you guys "minifiy" you're production JS? Running browser.js through UglifyJS2 without mangle almost cuts the file size in half.

      Answered: Sep 13, 2016

      Good question, actually! One of the things we'll be working on in the near-ish future is streamlining the front-end which will not only include the user-facing aspects, but also the behind-the-scenes aspects like our build-process and such. Minification will live in that build-process, but at the current time we haven't had a chance to sit down and fully hash that out.


      There are a few current "no-no's" we've been committing in regards to asset management, but instead of fixing them one at a time, it'll be easier to fix them all at the same time with a solid process. Keep an eye on the Engineering group. We'll be posting updates there as we roll into that section!

    • What a weekend...

      2 years ago

      Dave Engineering Data/Ops

      Another amazing RTX has ended. Talked to some amazing people, was fortunate enough to be on some amazing panels, and picked up some amazing things for my already over-stocked (with completely work-essential items... obviously) desk on my way out.


      Started out a little... hectic... and continued being pretty intense for the entirety, but over all I had a great time and I hope everyone else did too!


      After talking to the attendees of both the feedback panel as well as the Web Q & A panel, I'm even more stoked to get back to work next week and start launching all those cool things we mentioned.


      But for now (and tomorrow) it's time for some sleep. Oh, and not-walking. My feet are killing me. So much walking. Like... WAAAY to much walking (It kills me that if you're on the 4th floor... the only way to get to the 3rd floor is go to the 1st... then back up to the 3rd... cuz why not right?). But I guess I shouldn't complain. Not sure if most of you know this, but us engineers... yeah we don't have the most "active" job out there, so I guess I should embrace the extra exercise.


      It's easy to look around at the community on here and remember how lucky I am to have this job, but that fact is even more clear after seeing our amazing community face to face. So.. um.. I guess I'll end this with a thanks! Thanks for being awesome! Srsly <3.

  • Comments (17)

    • Justine SponsorChat doll

      8 months ago

      Hi Dave, thanks Dave.

    • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Matador Computador ¡Olé!

      9 months ago

      Ever notice how nobody notices us (in tech-related fields) until something goes wrong?


      Times like these (H&H Video problem) makes me appreciate those in my field of work who don't just absolutely lose it when people start getting swarmy. You all do good work. I would like to express that my appreciation also extends to when things go right and nobody notices us. I notice.

    • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

      1 year ago

      hi dave

    • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

      1 year ago

      @MikeQuinn - yo.

    • Justine SponsorChat doll

      2 years ago

      I heard you may be the one responsible for fixing notifications, so thank you!!!

    • RedHatDrew

      2 years ago

      Thank you for retrieving my account, you wonderful WebNinjaWizard, you!

      • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

        2 years ago

        Happy to help!

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      2 years ago

      Little late to the cartoon maker icons, aren't ya?

      • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

        2 years ago

        Lol. Probably. Friend made it for me though so I proudly sport it for them :)

      • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

        2 years ago

        Dammit. You're not supposed to be sweet about it.

    • adam FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Director of Technology

      2 years ago

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    • adam FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Director of Technology

      2 years ago

      poo poo pants

      • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

        2 years ago

        Forsooth!

    • natalya FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold CSS Overlord

      2 years ago

      Woohoo! We're finally friends. Now, if only @Adam would accept my friendship request for the 4th or 5th time, I'll have collected the entire set.

      • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

        2 years ago

        Gotta EARN that Friend Accept :P

    • tim FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Batman

      3 years ago

      Ha! Dude, I was in FTP looking through random pictures in the image bucket and saw that cover picture - thought to myself "Huh, I guess there are coders in the community."

      • Dave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Engineering Data/Ops

        3 years ago

        There are at least 6 I can think of :P Go Team!

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    I've had to struggle for years with the fact that there are other "Dave"s out there. I guess on one hand, it does fill me with a sense of belonging to something greater than myself. A sort of "Dave" collective, if you will. But on the other hand, when the name "Dave" is called out while I'm waiting to pick up my take-out, or when I hear the name "Dave" spoken by people I pass by, I can't help but wonder... "Dave", like me? Or some other "Dave"? The elevation of titles from a simple taxonomy by which we concretely identify certain things we encounter to an all-out proxy representation of a specific instance of a thing among other commonly labeled things is at the core of the oft-asked question: "What's in a name?". I have no answer for this.


    There is only one thing I can say for certain which I find myself saying quite often: "Naw, 's probably some other Dave."

    I've really been thinking hard about this to answer your question... but I'm coming up blank. Its not that there isn't any, actually, but that I've seen so much that it's hard to grab a good example. 


    But since I feel bad I can't give you an entertaining answer, how about a fun cat gif instead?


    RmnlVvy.gif

    Good question, actually, and I have to give a surprising amount of thought to that one. A lot of the times I have some long-form content from our site (works as both QA and good background enjoyment) like RT Podcast, Always Open, or Off Topic (with the occaisional Dude Soup). That's not as much of a plug as it sounds... I was a fan before I worked here lol.


    When I'm in the mood for music... man that depends. I've got a ton of different mixes I jump through that range from including Skrillex to Lindsey Stirling to Bad Religion. It's a pretty crazy place in my iTunes account. On some of the really hard problems though... ya know... the ones that make you want to break things... I generally will put on something a little more calm and have a couple mixes with Arthur Rubinstien playing Chopin and another personal favorite Anne-Sophie Mutter playing various violin pieces with piano accompaniment (I recommend her rendition of Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saens). That's probably considered cliche and cheesy... but it's absolutely one of the best ways I can calm down lol. 


    I was a classical music nerd growing up so I have more of that in my library than not, but I also very much enjoy a wide array of various styles and artists just to keep things fresh. Oh, and I have a little collection of J-Pop because Japan.


    For Podcasts specifically, outside of the ones I mentioned, I absolutely LOVE listening to a group called Idle Thumbs. They have a new-ish podcast called "Important if True" that I cannot recommend enough. Those are more of a "on the way to work and home" thing, but sometimes they get some dev time too.


    I should try some services like Spotify or Pandora, like my friends have recommended, just to add even more variety... but I'm currently very much a creature of habit and if I've listened to the same song 10,000 times, its probably one that I really like anyways, so I'm ok with it. And besides... when you're coding, it's all background noise anyways, right?


     musical_note

    I have a lot of personal preferences, as do most developers.  I'm using the JetBrains IDE suite for Ruby and PHP (RubyMine, PHPStorm) just because it has a lot of fun toys I like. Secondary to that I still also use SublimeText 2. Huge fan. In my console, I'm running iTerm with OhMyZsh for the pretties. DB access is through SQLPro cuz it works on Mac and its free. Oh, and I'm on Mac OSX exclusively... cuz dat console tho. Git is handle via console, no fancy git tools or anything cuz I'm old and don't want to change. 


    As far as virtual servers, the current RT website is in vagrant. I've been on vagrant for awhile and like it. It's got its drawbacks, but virtualization always does. We're moving to Docker for the new services though. There are several on that right now, actually. I'm pretty unfamiliar with it and am very much a Docker-noob... but a few of the guys here are good with it and I'll be picking up that skill soon.


    As for hardware, I'm primarily on a 2015 Mac Book Pro and refuse to upgrade because I HATE the new ones. Stupid touch bar is stupid. I hook up a Razer BlackWidow keyboard and Razer Naga mouse. I generally run 2 external monitors and use my laptop as a "third" monitor. It mostly works for that. Got a nice squishy pair of bluetooth skull candies (the kind with lots of ear padding). And finally I've got a slew of items in my "nerd shrine" surrounding my desk including, but not limited to, almost the entire run of Funko Pop Overwatch vinyls (D.va is my favorite by far of those), a set of RWBY figures I bought before I worked here and have somehow survived the several moves since then, and various other knick-knacks that make me happy when I look away from my monitor.


    All above items are purely my preference and by no means should be taken as "correct" or "optimal", but I really like them!

    Those are handled through Front Gate - If you have any questions or concerns when using your code, please contact Front Gate support ASAP: 1-888-512-7469

    Engineering is a pretty small team (currently you can count us all using 1 standard hand, and 1 additional finger) that isn't really mixed in anywhere else. There's good deal of cross-department coordination that happens depending on the type of project, but we're not really "mixed in". Our disciplines are very different, so we haven't really worked too much with the Game Dev guys either, but we'd like to in the future when our plates are clear of the current projects we're hard at work on!

    That is exactly what I did. I'd served 10 years in the Air Force in a completely, utterly, and totally, unrelated field. Upon getting out, I realized I needed to jump on getting a civilian job. I was 28. I had some experience prior, but not much and no formal training to speak of. So I hit the books, went to school, and was lucky enough to get a job while I was still in school working for an e-commerce company.


    Its tough, I'm not going to lie. Here I was, 28 going on 29 (at which point I stopped aging entirely... and am still, in fact, 29...) working my first year with 21 and 22-year-olds. In one case, I was basically working "for" a 22 year old. I've had jobs at companies where I was about 4 years older than the owner...


    The thing is, who cares? It doesn't matter, really. Learn the trade, get good at it, and age really doesn't mean anything at the end of the day. I think the problem we have is that pride we have thinking we "know better than these damned kids". But if someone has been doing this since they were 16, I'd be HAPPY to learn something from them at 24.


    My advice? Don't even worry about it. Study hard, give it everything you have, and it'll all work out fine. The age thing is just a small detail, and a pretty irrelevant one at that. You're 23! You've literally got a 5 year head-start on me! Go get'em!

    Good question, actually! One of the things we'll be working on in the near-ish future is streamlining the front-end which will not only include the user-facing aspects, but also the behind-the-scenes aspects like our build-process and such. Minification will live in that build-process, but at the current time we haven't had a chance to sit down and fully hash that out.


    There are a few current "no-no's" we've been committing in regards to asset management, but instead of fixing them one at a time, it'll be easier to fix them all at the same time with a solid process. Keep an eye on the Engineering group. We'll be posting updates there as we roll into that section!

    What do you mean? African or European swallow?

    I thought we hated iPhones. News to me! :P

    What your favorite color?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 2 years ago

    Is bacon a color? If so, that.

    Not currently, but this is another feature that would be pretty cool to provide. There are still a few more updates to come to this feature in the near future, and we'll try to get this idea on that list!

    Posting in This Forum is a great place to start. You could also reach out directly and message any one with a Site Admin badge (you'll see it on their profile) or myself (or @Adam... but he'll probably get mad at me for saying that... he's a pretty busy guy).

    Keep in mind that we may not be able to address your concern immediately, but don't get discouraged as we will get to you in time. Chances are someone else is having the same issue, so I'd recommend the forum linked above first.

    Notifications, in general, are going to get an overhaul. That entire system will likely be pulled out of the main site and instead work via making calls to an external service we make. That should make a lot of things more zippy around here, as well as give us a chance to re-engineer it and address issues such as this. So... yes! But it'll take a little bit to get there.

    It seems its gotten quite a lot of use! Overall it's been pretty positive. We've got some tweaks/updates that will be coming along to make it better, but all in all I'm pretty happy with what I've seen so far.

    Not currently, but that's certainly a feature we're looking to add. It would definitely help cut down on duplicate questions once someone has a large amount of them answered.

    I'd never regret chances to interact with our community! I spend most of my life toiling away trying to make things work better for you all, so it's nice to hear from you from time to time, and what a better medium than a Q&A tool!

    Oh uh... How u doin?

    | Asked by: Curryshoe 2 years ago

    Swell.

    Hey can I ask you a question?

    | Asked by: Curryshoe 2 years ago

    Certainly! What's up?

    The App is really a different thing, used for a different experience altogether. I'm sure we'll work on getting some community features in there at some point, but that's not really what the app is for. Instead, we're aiming to have the desktop and mobile site more focused on community features. Nothing is impossible though, but I'd expect any move in that direction would be after we get the site smoothed out and working exactly how we want it.

    How do i ask a question?

    | Asked by: TomSogden 2 years ago

    Yes.

    To beard, or not to beard?

    | Asked by: fizzik 2 years ago

    This month? Not to.

    I get this question a lot. It's tricky though, because it depends on how you define "socially acceptable". In my eyes, I think it's a poignant and telling insight into our current generation and while being controversial to some, I feel it is something that anyone can take something from, so long as they're willing to stop and look at the deeper meaning.

    Hello World?

    | Asked by: Ruaidhri18 2 years ago

    Almost.

    Hopefully. I'll probably just not "answer" those ones. Oh... wait...

    Lots. Um... my list says 10 but I haven't refreshed in a couple minutes... so probably more!

    Something delicious, and mostly gluten free.

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