Once a month we'll shine our virtual spotlight on one of the CA DevTest community's members. It's just a fun, easy way for us to get to know one another a little bit beyond our work-related interactions here on the site. This month, we're featuring Kevin Bowman, Senior Principal Software Engineer, CA Technologies.
Location: Austin, TX
Current Gig: Developer and Knower of Things about asynchronous messaging.
One word that describes how you work: Autonomously.
How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others?
I watch several forums for topics I can help out with. I consider it zeroth-level support. If someone wants to post about an issue on the forums then my suggestion is to treat it like official support and give as much detail as they can, within reason (don't expose confidential information). It also never hurts to say the same thing in a couple of different ways to make sure you're understood right from the start.
Mac or PC? Mac for work. PC for play.
Mobile Device? Android.
Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? bash and UNIX tools, IntelliJ Idea
Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? My blender.
What’s your daily work space like? Most of the time I'm in a room set aside for work, with a small table and a second monitor. It's nice and quiet, except when I hook the iPod up to speakers. Other times I'm working from wherever I am in the house: living room, kitchen, patio, etc.
How do you balance life/work? Other than taking time out every day to ride a bicycle and make a home cooked meal, I basically don't.
Best advice you can give and you have received? Know what's in your toolbox. That goes for both developers (language features, libraries, debugging tools) and support (troubleshooting tools, command line tools, and if all else fails, Google).
Best advice I've received: Don't Panic.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Cardio.