April 26 2019

Our latest Team Member Spotlight highlights Diana Le, one of our front-end web developers. Diana is an integral part of TopSpot’s web development team and is described by her team members as helpful, patient, kind and thorough. She always takes time to help her team members with troubleshooting and makes herself available to help when needed. We’re proud to introduce you to a valuable member of the TopSpot Team and our latest Team Member Spotlight, Diana Le!

Meet Diana Le, TopSpot Front-End Web Developer

How long have you been working at TopSpot, and what do you do here?

Diana Le, TopSpot Front-end Web Developer

I have been at TopSpot for 6 years as a front-end web developer. I’ve worked on a lot of different website platforms, including WordPress and Magento, and problem-solved many different types of issues, but most of my focus is on creating brand new sites in Modx – an open-source content management system. I work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and any other necessary frameworks to build responsive web sites designed by our awesome Houston design team.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I alternated between wanting to be a paleontologist and wanting to be an astronaut when I first started school. I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid – just the thought that these massive creatures once existed and disappeared was very interesting to me. At the same time the thought of exploring the universe and discovering brand new life was also appealing. Once I discovered personal computers and what they could accomplish, I changed my path! Although I think it’s still important to always keep in mind where you’ve come from and where you can go in the future.

What is your proudest moment at TopSpot?

I get little thrills when I’m able to figure out a difficult code issue, and I’m happy when I’m able to finish complex sites, but my proudest moment was finally being able to start standardizing the processes and documentation within the development team.

I like helping people progress and get better; if a teammate comes to me with a question and I’m able to provide them with the right answer, then that feels good.

I was a product manager in the energy industry before I came to TopSpot, and my job was to gather all the requirements from clients and prioritize them for the development team while simultaneously managing the internal deployment process. I did anything I could to make the day-to-day for developers as seamless and efficient as possible because that in-turn made them work faster, which made clients satisfied. Being able to pull experiences from my previous jobs to help me now feels very fulfilling.

The documentation process has only just started and is going to require a lot of work, but being able to collaborate with fellow developers over new functionality rather than process-flow or common questions makes everyone happier. When people are happier they do better work; it’s win-win for everyone.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

I enjoy traveling and exploring new places when I can. I grew up in California and lived in New Zealand for a bit when I was in college, so I have a special affinity for beaches and mountains.

Within this year I’ve been experimenting with 360 and with drone photography. The past couple of years I’ve started exploring more local stuff too, sometimes I’ll just open Google Maps, pick a random green spot, pack my cameras and drive.

I’m still a geek outside of work too. I’ve played video games since I was in kindergarten, and the past five years I’ve been part of the Enforcers, a group of enthusiastic people who help run PAX South – a huge video game convention in San Antonio. I like to make a positive contribution to the gaming community, which has provided me with so many hours of joy.

I also enjoy continually learning technology by attending conferences and meeting with developers from other cities. I’ve messed with building simple browser-based video games. Web development is such a diverse, evolving field that I could spend all my days learning and never know half of it.

How has TopSpot helped you in your career development?

When I came here I had very limited experience in web development. I didn’t even know what a content management system was! I could solve coding issues in my last job using different languages, but I could never build something from scratch. I messed with building web sites for fun in high school but never thought I could make a career out of it. Now that I’ve been at TopSpot I can build and launch my own websites with ease.

I love how open-source and collaborative most of web development is; all I need is a computer and an internet connection and I can put something online that can potentially reach billions of people.

Here are a few things Diana’s Team Members have to say about her via our internal “Cheers” platform, TinyPulse:

Diana is always a huge help with anything advanced. I was having issues with a site and Diana stopped what she was doing and helped me. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you Diana for jumping on this and helping me out. I don’t know what I would’ve done without your help and guidance.

I think this is long overdue–you have help me figure out so many issues over the years. Thank you for always taking the time to help me with past and present issues. I just want to say I truly appreciate that. Thank you.

Diana, thank you so much for making yourself available to answer multiple technical questions I’ve had these last couple of weeks. You’ve done a great job picking up on our team’s Homepage Redesign project, and I’ve been able to learn a lot about that process from you. Thank you!

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