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Meet Danny McGrane — App Sapiens’ new React Native developer

Tom Riglar

In this post App Sapiens CEO Tom Riglar speaks with new team member Danny McGrane.

Wed Jul 22 2020 - 3 min read

In this post App Sapiens CEO Tom Riglar speaks with new team member Danny McGrane.

Hi Danny, welcome to App Sapiens! Please could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, great to be here!

I’m a React Native Developer, who is lucky enough to be doing one of my main interests in life as a job. I found software engineering two years ago while spending time with a community of digital nomads in Thailand. They worked remote jobs and ran online businesses, so I tried out a few things that would enable me to do the same. Then I stumbled across web and app development and haven’t looked back.

Being a developer has provided me with some great opportunities so far - including working with cryptocurrencies remotely for a company based in Florida, and now with App Sapiens. As we are fast growing app development company, I get to be involved in a lots of different tasks and have never been happier.

So you are one week in, how’s it been so far?

It’s been great! I’ve loved looking into all the codebases we are working on, learning new best practices, and architectures such as Uncle Bob’s Clean Architecture. Although fully remote, there is a great atmosphere at App Sapiens and it feels good to be part of the team.

What was your primary motivation for joining App Sapiens?

React Native is my favourite tool. I like how I, as one person, can come up with an idea for an app, build it, and deploy it to both app stores with one coding language in a matter of months! Therefore it was my goal to work with the most knowledgeable team in the UK that specialise in React Native and Expo. App Sapiens are the UK’s only Expo trusted consultancy so I know I’m in good hands!

Not only that, but I had the pleasure of working with App Sapiens a year ago as a freelancer and was really happy with their values, the emphasis they have on doing things the right way, and the support they give to one another — employees and customers alike.

What do you bring to the team in terms of skills and traits?

As App Sapiens are looking to grow rapidly, perhaps the best thing I bring to the table is my hunger to take on responsibility. My hope is to be a sponge and learn all that Charles (CTO) has to teach me so that we are able to help more and more clients in the coming months and years.

App Sapiens have an emphasis on great client communication and developers have the opportunity to speak directly with clients. My experience working in brand management might be a useful asset for the client/developer dynamic we have.

What’s your favourite app and why?

My favourite app at the moment has to be Farmdrop: an app that gives people living in cities like myself access to fresh farm food, delivered. Summoning the patterned Farmdrop van is cool in its own right, but the app is next level: aesthetically beautiful, modern, minimalist, and functional.

Farmdrop’s groovy van

What’s your home working setup like? Any tips?

I’ve recently invested in a new setup. For a long time, I had been using just my MacBook Pro without an external screen. Fortunately now, I’ve invested in a large curved wide screen that has made setup 100% better. My advice would be that there is no investment too large if it's going to make your work easier and more efficient!

Unfortunately at the moment I have a small width desk up against a wall and sometimes leads to some cramps. Once I move out of my small London flat, I will invest in an adjustable standing desk and really take it to the next level! (Pun fully intended!)

How do you like to spend time outside of work?

Outside work I spend more time working on my own apps and learning new technologies — it’s my hobby after all!

Other then that I enjoy yoga, meditation, and the simple things in life like reading a book at my local coffee shop.

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