Nicholas Wu

  • Studying Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia (2019)
  • Spent 4 months at Hootsuite (September – December 2017)
  • Joined the Production Operations and Delivery team and used Go, Python, AWS, Terraform, Ansible, Docker, Jenkins, and Atlantis
  • Worked with Alister West, Nick Hollingsworth, Steven Shi, Jeff Welling, Bryan Neyedli, Andrew Gray, Shuai Hao, Arthur Mencke, Jonas Courteau, Luke Kysow
  • Connect with me on Linkedin or find me on Github, Instagram, YouTube 🙂

 My contributions

  • Enabled immutable infrastructure for a few internal services by importing existing infrastructure into code with Terraform, creating Ansible playbooks to provision hosts, and packaging AMIs with Packer
  • Automated generating reports related to system access for employees (databases, SSH, AWS, etc) for compliance audits
  • Automated system access and report generating for onboarding and offboarding employees
  • Helped develop a Role-Based Access Control model for distributing access to systems
  • Implemented drift detection between Terraform files and cloud state functionality on Atlantis for HootHacks 2017
  • Published a blog post Atlantis + Slack Integration, an Open Source Contribution

My experience

Working at Hootsuite was a blast and helped me grow as a developer. There are so many positive things about working here but here are some of the highlights!

The work culture here is pretty amazing. In particular, I love that we embrace “working out loud”. For example, we are highly encouraged to demo our work during the weekly demos company-wide or weekly demos for the POD team. In addition, we are always looking for ways to improve, from our Agile methodology to service architecture to training programs, basically anything that can be better. Lastly, I got to work on technically challenging, valuable and fun projects just like any other full-time employees.

The people here are are helpful, supportive and played a role in mentoring me throughout my co-op term. There are some very talented developers at Hootsuite and I’m glad I got a chance to work with some of them. Similarly, Hootsuite had a cohort of about 20 co-ops so it was nice to make new friends and hang out. I’m definitely going to miss the POD team and the co-ops!