Advent Calendar

Dec 16th

Jake Bennett

Jake Bennett

Lead Software Developer

Where do you live? Jake Bennett Normal, IL, USA
What are your roles / titles / jobs / companies? Jake Bennett Lead Software Developer & Laravel News Co-Host
Are you more Christmas Cheer or Bah Humbug over the festive period? Jake Bennett Christmas Cheer
Would you rather have to always A) Talk like Yoda or B) Breathe like Darth Vader? Jake Bennett Talk like Yoda
What non-tech book have you read most recently? Jake Bennett fiction - The Wool Series / business - Seven habits of highly effective people
What technical book have you been reading? Jake Bennett Feel like I never finish a whole Tech book :) Clean Code would have been my most recent attempt?
With Christmas coming soon, what is your favorite thing about this time of year? Jake Bennett Spending time with family... late nights, traditions, and amazing food!
What TV show are you currently into? Jake Bennett Parks and Recreation... again :)
What is your Christmas morning routine or Christmas Day routine? Jake Bennett Usually will be at one of the in-laws house with all the cousins and aunts and uncles. Read the Christmas Story from the Bible and then open gifts.
For this Christmas, what would be your ideal gift? Jake Bennett The Google Home Max seems pretty cool
Many of us have pets, but are you a dog or a cat person? Jake Bennett DemoDog
What is your favorite hobby, sport or pastime that isn't coding Jake Bennett My hobbies are super random and change on a regular basis, but actually really like working outside on our yard
A lot of the Laravel community are musical, do you have a favorite band or song? Jake Bennett Been listening to a lot of Vulfpeck recently. Super funky and fun band.
Something every coder must know - what IDE doe you use? Jake Bennett PhpStorm
The Laravel forums and chat rooms often feels like a breath of fresh air in comparison to other online groups to me. What do you like most about the Laravel community? Jake Bennett The openness and access you have to anyone in the community. Newest Laravel dev to most experienced, you can talk to anyone and for the most part feel super welcomed. Also love the amount of resources available that are generated by the community! There are Laravel packages for EVERYTHING!
What was the last conference you went to? Jake Bennett Laracon 2017
What is the one piece of technology (hardware or software) that you cannot do without? Jake Bennett AirPods have been awesome!!
Easy one now! What is your favorite food? Jake Bennett Chicago Dogs are the BEST!
I listen to podcast every day and most Laraveler's do too. What is your current podcast stack? Jake Bennett This American Life, Laravel Podcast, Full Stack Radio, 20% Time, Dads in Dev, Invisibilia, North Meets South Web Podcast, Laravel News Podcast
Have you got any sage wisdom or advice; it doesn't have to be technical - you want to share with the Laravel Community? Jake Bennett In ALL things, try to exercise love and assume the best of people.
What is one thing you have always wanted to know? Jake Bennett What is blockchain :) No-one knows that! That is why its so much fun to use. It is like Facades for money.
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Jake Bennett Really enjoy Elf!
Not many of us as a kid wanted to be a developer or designer, or even knew that was an option. What did you want to be? Jake Bennett Always thought it would be fun to be a children's / young adult book author
Star Wars or Star Trek? Jake Bennett Star Wars
How do you pronounce Laravel; Laara or Lahra? Jake Bennett Laravel (like Cair Paravel from Chronicles of Narnia) LA-RA-VEL
Are you going to be coding in your free time over Christmas? Jake Bennett No
Do you have a secret talent? Jake Bennett Card Magic :) Play Guitar, can NOW solve a rubix cube!!!
Would you rather have A) a comically large head or B) comically large feet? Jake Bennett Have comically large feet
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