Web Design & Interactive Media
Senior Application Developer, Tesla Inc.
Miami International University of Art & Design
One of most essential parts of the whole [learning] process was having great instructors who made us employ a can-do attitude, which is of great help in life in general. Alexandra Izaguirre , Senior Application Developer, Tesla Inc. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2011 , Miami International University of Art & Design
As a senior application developer for Tesla, Inc., Alexandra Izaguirre is responsible for refining and implementing web application services and related infrastructure. She also designs user interfaces and application services in a modular fashion, allowing components to reused—or enabled/disabled based on user authorization, product configuration, or sales model. Alexandra says that a typical work day includes going over pending and new tickets for upcoming releases. “[Usually around] 65% of my time is allocated towards bug fixes and new feature implementation, while the rest goes towards technical debt and code refactoring to ensure scalability and continuous improvement,” she says.
Alexandra was excited to receive a job offer from Tesla, and considers it to be her greatest professional achievement. “Staying on top of cutting-edge technologies and continuously improving one's analytical and architectural skills pays off. However, a professional path is a journey of constant learning, especially in the fields of technology.”
Working at Tesla means that she’s challenged on a daily basis, and must approach innovative ideas in a creative manner. “We strive to write beautiful code that can be reusable and easily testable.” Working on client-facing applications requires think about how others will use the product. “I always try to offer input to create the best possible experience for our customers. The goal is to combine clean interface design with usability in mind. That leaves the customer satisfied after their interaction with the application. Writing clean, well-organized and easy to read code shows respect to your fellow developers.”
To prepare for her career, Alexandra took additional courses after graduating from Miami International University of Art & Design. The courses focused on algorithm analysis and mathematical foundations. “This was important for me because I chose to mainly focus on web programming instead of web design. Another challenge in my career as a web developer was to understand that the core principles of programming are more important than any actual knowledge of a specific framework—or even a particular programming language.”
She believes that if a programmer approaches the architecture of applications with scalability, reusability, and simplicity in mind, it’s possible to master any chosen language or framework. “It can be very easy to get comfortable using the same framework or even the same approach in every project. However, constant reevaluation of the best-fitting tools needs to happen on a per- project basis.” Alexandra adds that outlining end-goals allows a programmer to evaluate and compare needed tools for an individual project.
Alexandra, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design & Interactive Media from Miami International University of Art & Design, says that her education provided the tools she needed to build her skills in web technologies. “One of most essential parts of the whole [learning] process was having great instructors who made us employ a can-do attitude, which is of great help in life in general.” She recommends taking that attitude into the workforce and using it to focus and find resolution to tough issues. “Problem-solving is a big part of any successful career, so make it a habit to constantly question the status quo and employ better practices that make the process optimal.”
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