The Twelve Developers of Christmas: Steven Hsu, Technology Virtuoso
by Isabelle Groc

Isabelle Groc, December 28, 2012

This month, we celebrate twelve Stackato ActiveState developers who share thoughts about the product, little known facts about them, and what they want for Christmas.

Steven Hsu, Technical Support Engineer, has recently completed an eight-month co-op placement at ActiveState through BCIT, where he is a student in the Computer Systems Technology program. Steven was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to Canada when he was seven. At ActiveState, he helped investigate Stackato-related customer inquiries. He also managed the Stackato app store, worked on developing demos, and assisted with quality assurance.

Steven is a fan of classical music, and is hoping there will be drum roll on the Twelfth Day of Christmas to celebrate all his recent achievements, from switching programs at school to starting a career in the technology sector in Vancouver.

How did you become a developer?

I have long been interested in computers, and since I enjoyed the programming courses while at school, I decided to try it out by going into this field.

What was your first computer?

I got my first computer, an Intel Pentium II, when I was seven. All I can recall is that I was playing some game on it!

Your favourite programming language(s)?

I haven't settled on my favorite programming language yet. I have working knowledge of the ones that were typically taught in school: C, C++, Java, and web development languages. Working at ActiveState exposed me to a variety of programming languages, which was truly exciting.

What gets you excited about Stackato?

It's such a new product. There are interesting problems and challenges everyday.

What do people don’t know about you?

I went to the University of Toronto to study electrical engineering, but didn't quite like it, and I didn't do well either. After two years, I decided to pursue a more practical program at BCIT. I have also played the piano since I was ten.

What do you do when you are not developing?

Ever since I was a kid and to this date, I love to play around with audio and video equipment and systems. As a result, I often watch movies and listen to music at home. Furthermore, I enjoy playing card games with friends once every month.

What do you listen to while you're working?

I usually listen to relaxing classical music on Songza, a free music streaming and recommendation service.

Best movie you've seen this year?

The Dark Knight Rises. I really like this movie series by Christopher Nolan.

What you want for Christmas?

There is an endless list of things that I want! So I decided that socializing and spending time with friends and family is good enough.

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Isabelle joined ActiveState as a Technical Editor after several years as a freelance journalist, editor, and photographer, and has contributed to a variety of media outlets including PC Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Discover, Canadian Wildlife, Georgia Straight, and Scientific American.