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ActiveBuilding Employee Spotlight: Joy Nandi

Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2015

Welcome to the fourth edition of our Employee Spotlight blog series! Throughout this series we’re interviewing members of our team and discovering what makes them tick.

This time we’re learning more about Joy Nandi, a Software Development Engineer in Test who’s been with our Seattle office for just over a year.  You’ll learn some interesting things about Joy such as what he likes building outside of work and why he just can’t settle down with an iPhone.  Let’s get to it!


What is your role at ActiveBuilding?  I am a Software Development Engineer in Test. My primary role is to write code to automate API tests, end to end tests (basically make the computer use our app in the way our users would and see what problems come out) and also test on android, iOS and other physical devices. I also love to help people dig up data and look at anomalies and provide quick fixes so that our customers have a great experience.

What do you like most about ActiveBuilding?  Without a doubt, it is the people I work with everyday. They are funny, crazy, brilliant, serious, artistic, passionate and all in all great at bringing out cool products and improving the lives of people who use them. I also love the fact that we have the atmosphere of collaboration and the freedom to try out new things. The constant focus on making the users’ experience great is highly motivating.

What has been your favorite project at ActiveBuilding?  My favorite project that I have directly worked on has been our Test Automation Suite – both front end/end-to-end and API level –  with several moving parts all wired up and running in synchrony. Adapting it to test our Ionic App has been a great learning experience. It is always exhilarating to start something from scratch. Other than that, I would say our Egg and LDS projects have been two more that have influenced me deeply. I am super excited about two other projects currently in the pipeline, that will help our city customers in their busy lives.

Iphone, Android, or Windows phone?  Why?  I currently use an Android phone and here is a laundry list of phones that I have owned so far (I will limit myself to “reasonably” smart phones) – Nokia 5230 Nuron, Motorola Droid (Original one), HTC Titan, HTC 8x, Nokia Lumia 1320, iPhone 5 (this has an interesting story but for another time), Nokia Lumia 520, Nokia Lumia 521, Amazon Fire phone and a bunch of others that I will not bore you with. I also have a  fully functional original iPhone. Over the past 5 years, the majority of my time, I have used a Windows phone – mostly because I needed it for testing. I have never gotten around to using an iPhone for an extended period of time because I like my iPad 2 better. And having been a Linux/C++/Java person in college, an Android phone seems the most natural. I am glad that there is no question asking me why I have so many phones.

Now that we know what phone you prefer, what’s your favorite app?  I am not a big gamer so that kind of gets rid of a whole chunk of apps. Most recently I have started liking the Google Fit app and in general I like most apps that use the phone’s location and positioning capabilities – a remnant of my craziness with The Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter. Along the same lines, I think transit apps are really cool.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?  I wouldn’t exactly call it a vacation spot, but I am surprised at the number of times I have found myself at the Deception Pass. I find it very refreshing. I have plans to visit Alaska within the next year, so looking forward to that!

When you’re not being amazing at your job, what do you like to do outside of work?  I love collecting and tinkering around with old, obscure, semi-functional gadgets and sometimes end up fixing them (only sometimes). I also love fooling around with Legos (my favorite is Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0 #3804) and Ikea furniture. I still have enough space in my garage to keep our car so don’t call me a hoarder… yet ;). Dinosaurs (and paleontology in general) are also things that interest me a lot. Not a big out doors person but I enjoy the occasional hike, walk or run in our beautiful evergreen state. 

Have any questions for Joy?  Ask in the comments below and we’ll get back to you.