Mike Jansen, Software Craftsman

Mike Jansen

Software Craftsman

8th Light Craftsman since August 1st, 2011

Mike has extensive experience in Ruby and JavaScript, particularly Backbone.js and the use of GUI design patterns. Before coming to 8th Light as an apprentice, Mike worked in medical software. His apprenticeship taught him the beauty of a simple, functional piece of software that works as expected. To Mike, a craftsman is someone who stands up for their principles, trusting that their principles will lead to a better piece of software. Being a software craftsman goes beyond just your ability to write code, it is a description of the way you carry yourself in every aspect of your profession.

Mike makes his home in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago. When not working on projects, he is reading anything from classics to new fiction or exploring Chicago with his wife Lauren. Mike received a Bachelor's in English with a minor in Latin from Northwestern University in 2005.