The String and Key Crew: Jon Fabris

Jasmin H
Jasmin H
Jun 30, 2020 · 4 min read

As part of our ongoing employee spotlight series, we’ll be profiling colleagues who inspire us. Today, meet Jon Fabris.

Company Role: Senior Mobile Developer

Most likely to: Instigate the purveying of donuts, cakes, bagels, and other assorted pastries

Secret talent: Writing; fiction, short stories, and screenplays

Based out of our North Carolina office, Jon is known for his epic pool parties (just a heads up if you’re ever in the neighborhood, simply look for the pirate ship out front). Outside of throwing awesome parties, Jon is a pro at what he does. He’s worked in software his entire life, including some work on Windows applications, web, and mobile games, E-learning platforms, and more — so safe to say, he knows what he’s doing.

Read on as Jon talks about his Yankee upbringing, the new technologies he’s learning, his writing and filmmaking hobbies, and more.

What does your typical workday look like?
I get up relatively early and wait for the caffeine to kick in. Then I pick a task and start writing and testing code. This code then goes into a review process where other developers on the team evaluate it. If it passes this stage, it will proceed to testing where Kent, our Senior QA Engineer will try to break it — and if there are any bugs, I go back and fix them. Once everything has been checked and looks good, it will be pushed into the production code, where it will eventually make it’s way over to a wider audience.

What’s your favorite part about working at String and Key?
Definitely learning new things and building interesting products that people will use and enjoy. I get to work on a variety of technologies here, and that’s exciting. I’m also learning a lot, which I appreciate. Outside of the work itself, I’d have to say the people here at String and Key. They are really nice, super easy to work with, and a lot of fun to be around. Plus, everyone is really good at what they do. And last but not least, the food! The kitchen is fully stocked with anything and everything you could ever want (within reason). I couldn’t talk about my favorite part about working here without mentioning the great food options.

What do you find most challenging about your role?As tech continues to change at a rapid pace, developers need to keep up. So my role requires me to always be on top of new tech. It’s a challenge but in a good way. In fact, in the last month or so, I’ve been learning some new tech from Apple called Swift UI. It is an innovative and exceptionally simple way to build user interfaces across all Apple platforms. I’m also learning CircleCI and GraphQL. Overall, it’s just exciting to be using cutting-edge technologies.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Getting to build something new. Plus, the caffeine.

What are the values that drive you?
I’d have to say honesty, integrity, and industriousness. Those are the values my family instilled in me, and I like to stay true to them. I think my Yankee upbringing contributes to my industriousness — and if that doesn’t make sense, look up “Yankee ingenuity.”

How do you stay on top of your game?
I like allocating time to learning new things while also keeping an eye out for new technologies coming down the road. Exercise also keeps me on top of my game. Working out is very important in keeping the mind, as well as the body, in peak shape. I try to exercise at least 30 minutes every day, either swimming, walking, or biking.

What drew you to tech, and what excites you about the industry?
Tech gives you the ability to build worlds and, in some way, control the universe. I’m excited to be a part of an industry that lets you be at the forefront of innovation — we basically get to contribute to the advancement of humanity.

If you could swap places with anyone at String and Key, who would it be and why?
It would have to be our Head of Creative, Micah, so I could know how to draw. And let me explain why. So, I consider myself a pretty creative person. I like to write (mainly fantasy, horror, and sci-fi), and I’ve made some films that are an outlet for that. I would love to be able to express my writing as comic books, being able to draw would help immensely with that.

What unexpected subject could you give a one-hour presentation on with no advance prep?
Building with concrete. I have built numerous walls, poured concrete slabs, resurfaced patios with stamped concrete, and more. I have also sculpted — with concrete — a four-foot-tall Easter Island head whom I named Rapa Louis (a play on the name of the inhabitants of Easter Island).

What keeps you busy outside of work?
Building things such as log houses, furniture, and gardening equipment. Looking after my elderly father. And also travel. I aspire to one day have seen every country in the world!

Can you list five hashtags that describe your personality?
#Quick #JackOfAllTrades #DonutsRule #BostonBruins #NerdsRule

Lighting Round:

Breathe underwater or fly?

Tacos or burritos?

Spontaneous or planned?

Spicy or mild?

DJ or band?

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