Five Questions with William Tabi, Software Engineer

Written by Aoife Anderson

Next up in our employee spotlight is Software Engineer William Tabi. The talent behind one of our most popular recent feature releases, cURL-to-Tines, William shares more about expanding his frontend developer skills and his typical work week.

Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

I joined Tines in March of 2020. Before that, I worked at Intercom as a software engineer for five years. I studied computer engineering at TU Dublin (formerly DIT).

I'm from Cameroon, but surprisingly, I have no interest in football! I've lived in Dublin since 2009. 

What does a typical workday or week look like for you at Tines?

Every engineering team member sets a personal goal each week, so it's usually clear what I will be working on. On a daily basis, I could be working on accomplishing my goals, reviewing code changes, tech plans, and proposals from other engineers, or providing support to other team members. I also have recurring meetings, including a daily sync with the engineering team to discuss our progress on projects or bring up a topic or question for broader discussion, and a weekly review meeting with the design team to sync up on ongoing and upcoming projects. Also, depending on how busy our hiring pipeline is that week, I could have one or two interview sessions with candidates.

What's the coolest thing you've worked on to date?

A few months ago, I built a small feature for Tines called cURL-to-Tines. It enables you to copy and paste cURL examples from many standard API docs straight into Tines to create an Action. This dramatically reduces the effort required to set up a Tines Story that interacts with third-party APIs. Also, our customers loved this!

What have you learned since you started working at Tines?

Before joining Tines, I worked primarily as a backend engineer for most of my career. At Tines, I wanted to expand my skills into front-end development. I am now reasonably comfortable working with React + Relay + GraphQL. I've already built several front-end features, e.g., cURL-to-Tines and improving the panning/zooming experience on the Tines Storyboard.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I spend most of my free time with my two young kids, so I have very little time for hobbies. I am an avid Formula 1 fan, so I'll be glued to the screen on racing weekends. Occasionally, I go hiking in the Wicklow mountains with friends, but I haven't done this since the start of the pandemic.

Interested in joining our engineering team? Please view our current openings and apply here: https://www.tines.com/careers

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