This edition of SingleStore’s engineer showcase puts the spotlight on software engineer Marta Vasconcelos. Hear how Marta got into the database space, her favorite tools, advice to developers navigating a crowded market and more.
From powering transactions and analytics in one system, to helping companies anticipate problems before they occur and turning insights into action, it’s no secret our data and software engineers are building a database that helps customers stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. And, we’re always looking for more innovators.
To highlight the incredible work our engineers are doing — not to mention what awesome people they are — we’ll be featuring members of the SingleStore team in our engineering showcase series. First up: meet Marta Vasconcelos.
Q: What’s your name and role at SingleStore?
A: Marta Vasconcelos, Software Engineer
Q: Where are you located?
A: I used to be based in Porto, Portugal — but am in the process of moving to Dublin, Ireland.
Q: Give us a bit of background on yourself. How did you get into databases?
A: I had been working as a software engineer for two-and-half years when I got introduced to SingleStore by my current manager. Since I was looking for a product company to join, it was a perfect match!
Q: What is the best thing about working at SingleStore?
A: To me, the best thing about working at SingleStore is the trust we get and the responsibility we have over the things we built, the ownership — that’s why one of our virtues is “build it like an owner,” we truly are! We feel a part of this big product we’re building.
Q: Aside from SingleStore, do you have any favorite frameworks, languages or tools?
A: Since I work mainly on the front end, React is one of my favorite libraries.
Q: What advice would you offer to developers as they navigate the crowded, often confusing database market?
A: Choose your niche: there are a lot of things out there, you just need to choose the things that you’re going to enjoy working on. If you are planning to join a new product company, try it! Find one product with growth potential, and one that you would like to contribute to!
Q: What’s the biggest misconception developers have around databases (in your opinion)?
A: One big misconception I think developers have when considering to work for a database is that they have to be proficient in SQL. Some engineers ask me that in interviews. They definitely don’t, we work on many things other than queries!
Q: Where do you hope to see SingleStore in five years?
A: Not only as one of the most known databases, but also in the top tech companies!
Q: What is the best piece of developer advice you’ve ever received?
A: Write code in a way that the future you will understand. Some time from now, you or anyone else who is reading your code should be able to understand whatever you wanted to do.
Q: What technology can you not live without?
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