Staffer Q&A with Senior Front-End Architect Josh Mock
Tell us a little about yourself, Josh. What do you do at Emma?
I help lead decisions and plan the future of Emma's customer-facing web apps. I spend a lot of time researching tools and strategies that ensure we can build bug-free user interfaces that are fast and easy to use, and that our engineers can build them efficiently. In practice, this means I spend a lot of time helping engineers learn their tools and adopt good development practices. I also work with our Product and UX teams to plan upcoming projects to ensure that as we add new features to Emma, everything stays fast (or gets faster!) and is easy to use for our customers.
Ok, and when you’re not at Emma?
My wife Erin and I have a 21-month-old son, Truman, so we spend a lot of time (happily) chasing him around as he torments our two lovable-yet-neurotic rescue dogs.
We also own an 85-year-old house in East Nashville, so we spend a lot of time on home improvement and enjoying the striking natural light we get every afternoon and evening.
I also have a radio show on WXNA, Nashville's freeform station, where I spin psych rock, shoegaze, indie hip hop, experimental electronic, punk, noise and more. Everyone that volunteers at the station is a gem, and I love expanding Nashville's musical horizons and reputation.
Lastly, I'm training for a 100-mile fundraising bike ride that several Emma staffers are doing this October, called Jack & Back. Until this year, I'd never ridden more than 7 miles on a single ride, so I'm equal parts nervous and excited.
What project are you currently working on?
Most recently, I've been helping a team do a big UI refresh that changes the way all data lists work in the app. The new UI is much faster and easier to use. That work will get along with a new sidebar panel that makes navigating around Emma much easier.
Read any good books lately?
Allow me to be That Guy and brag that I made it through all 1000+ pages of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace this winter. I've never felt so accomplished finishing a single book. It changed how I think about what the English language is capable of. I plan to read it again soon, which is high praise; the only other book I've read multiple times in my adult life is Steven Pressfield's The War of Art.
I also recently read Carrie Brownstein's Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and I'm happy to report I listen to approximately 1000% more Sleater-Kinney, as a result.
Our readers are dying to know: What’s your spirit animal? Why?
Stereotypical answer, but my dog Jasper is probably my spirit animal. We're both introverts that prefer to sit and observe, or chill with one or two people rather than a large group. He reminds me of Master Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so I guess that means I either aspire to be a source of peace and wisdom, or I already am. Jury's still out on that one.