In January 2018, I started as a Software Developer Co-op at Hootsuite. In January 2020, I became an Intermediate Software Developer. This is my journey.

Before I get started, here’s a little bit about me:

Repping Hootsuite at the Pride Parade
Repping Hootsuite at Vancouver Pride Parade


I started as a Co-op Software Developer on the…

Hootsuite has been moving towards becoming a truly global company and one of the features of that is building asynchronous work environments. Working remotely has many benefits, but unless a team is optimized to work remotely, there needs to be some structure in place to accommodate a remote teammate.

“We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they at their desk or in their kitchen. Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.” …

If you’ve ever worked with an old legacy codebase, then you probably understand the value of refactoring. Code refactoring is the process of restructuring existing code without changing its external behaviour. The goal is to improve code readability, and more importantly, reduce complexity. Both of these allow developers to add and repair code more easily, improving throughput and productivity.


The Hootsuite App Directory was built using MongoDB and deeply coupled with Hootsuite’s legacy codebase (aka “The Monolith”). To decouple from the monolith, the team created the App Directory Service (ADS), a Scala microservice using a MySQL database. MySQL was chosen…

Farzin Ahmed

Software Developer @ Hootsuite

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