Plank: Thanks Jenn! Here are 5 questions for you.
You were one of the original Plank employees and ended up in Taiwan from 2002-2006 until you rejoined us. How was the experience?
Jenn: It was absolutely wonderful. I fell in love with the place; the climate, the culture, the people — so many people!! Few are lucky enough to see first hand just how beautiful it is in Taiwan with its mountains and hot springs. I tend toward warm climates so it was paradise for me. I'm also grateful for the travel opportunities living there afforded me. I had the chance to get to know places I never thought I'd see: Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand, to name a few. But what I miss most was working with the kids. I was at an international school so I had the chance to learn about many different cultures — and kids are just wonderful. I still think about them often and wonder what they're getting up to.
Plank: How much has your job changed since the early Plank days?
Jenn: When I left we were still building sites with table layouts, so you can imagine it was unrecognizable after 4 years away in Taiwan and it's been 8 years since then. I basically had to relearn everything from scratch after being away that long — I owe much of that to the team — but it was exciting to see how much had changed.
Plank: What is the most recent CSS technique that has floored you? What are you most excited about with front end development?
Jenn: It would be difficult to identify any one thing. I am mostly floored by how quickly and broadly the game changed with CSS3/HTML5 — so much innovative potential. Now it's just a question of what we will all do with it. It would obviously be a lot more fun if we didn't have to consider support for certain relics (I won't mention any names), but I suppose it could be said that it just adds to the challenge. In any case, I couldn't live without SASS and SUSY grids frameworks — both huge time-savers.
Plank: Over the past 2-3 years you learnt how to play guitar and are damn good at it. What are your favourite songs to play?
Jenn: I can hardly claim to be any good at it, but I do enjoy it an awful lot. This month, I am mostly wrestling with The Man Who Sold the World — the Nirvana version, of course. Nothing against the Thin White Duke — it goes without saying, he is a musical god — I just prefer Nirvana's unplugged. I also like to play a lot of Folsom Prison Blues and a couple old Stones tunes. But I'm always looking for new tunes to pick up. I love discovering that I can play an old favourite.
Plank: Vegetables or Poutine?
Jenn: Hmmm, 80% vegetables / 20% poutine. I wanna live for a little while longer, you know.