August 28, 2017

Meet Kyle Kranen, UC Berkeley. Kyle sat down with us to talk about his experiences interning for conDati. He discusses what he learned and his favorite memories.

What was the technical highlight or accomplishment you're most proud of from this internship?

My proudest accomplishment at this internship was the reporting functionality I set up. There were quite a few constraints put on the feature, most notably that I had to use headless Chrome (a version of Chrome that had only been out for a few weeks). I had to test tools to get headless chrome to work, and figured out the extremely sparse implementations of headless chrome instances I could find online.


What was the biggest technical lesson learned this summer?

Always include config files in your git repository. Do not gitignore them. One time, we had to roll back our server to fix an issue, and for some reason, my project had completely stopped working. I scrambled to fix it for 2 days to complete a deliverable, only to find the reason that my feature was not working was that I cloned my git repository back onto our server and the config file was not included.


What's your favorite memory?

In general, my favorite memory has been working with my co-workers. They’re an intelligent, friendly, and funny group of people; they have made working at conDati fun. If I had to pick an individual memory of something that happened in the office, one of my favorites had to be the college > college joke. When we started at conDati, there were always jokes about whose college was the best, whether it be University of Texas, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), UC Los Angeles, or UC Berkeley. Someone wrote “WPI > UCB, UCLA, UT” on a white board, which kicked off a battle for supremacy - each of us vying to change the inequality to reflect our college being the best while the others weren’t looking.