Interview with Heroku's Mattt Thompson: The Incredibly True Story of Why an iOS Developer Dropped His CS Classes and Eventually Learned How to Fly
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Editor's note: This is a guest post from Rikki Endsley.
In this exclusive interview, iOS developer Mattt Thompson opens up about the moment when he realized he'd become a programmer, why he dropped his computer science classes, and what he does AFK.
Had Mattt Thompson followed in his parents' footsteps, he'd be a musician now instead of a well-known iOS developer working as the Mobile Lead at Heroku. Matthew “Mattt” Thomas Thompson was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by parents who are both musicians, play in the symphony, and teach music. Whereas his sister took to music growing up, Mattt kept going back to his computer. He says he couldn't help it. “I'd spend hours in Photoshop and GoLive, learning all of the tricks to making websites. These were the days before CSS, when
<font>, and spacer.gif were state of the art.” Back then, he pictured himself as a designer, which is what he did for the web design company he and a developer friend started while still in high school.