A day in the life of our senior developer

  • By Lucy Pepper

Ever wondered what life is like for Chris Nicholson, well you’re about to find out what it’s like to be a Senior Developer at Arrival.

What does a typical day involve?

It’s a good question. I tell friends I sit on a computer all day and write code, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

I get here around 8.30am, check my emails, have a camomile tea, a daily update meeting with the team and then I sit down and my work begins. In a nutshell most projects follow the same criteria and this tends to be interpreting designers’ visions into workable code. I then optimise sites for the search engines, usability and accessibility and once this is done the websites need to be tested in multiple browsers and platforms.

In between coding, I’m either tasked with bug fixes or I’m in meetings to discuss projects that I’m involved with. These might be project briefing meetings or a conference call with the client to discuss the design, functionality and overall user-experience that are being proposed.

How long does it take to build a typical website?

It really varies between projects, some smaller website sites can take a matter of days where as larger projects can take up to 4-6 weeks.

If you could pick the most stressful thing about working as a developer, what would it be?

I don’t really have many stresses at work but if I had to pick something I’d probably say juggling the work load as I could be working on ten different websites a day.

What’s the best thing about working at Arrival?

Without a doubt it’s the people. It’s like a big family here and everyone genuinely cares for one another. We’re a pretty social bunch too and there are plenty of lunches and nights out throughout the year!