Sonalee Shah

  • Studying Computer Science and Commerce at the University of British Columbia
  • Spent 4 months at Hootsuite (May 2017 – August 2017)
  • Joined the Plan and Create team as a front-end developer
  • Worked with React, Less, Jasmine/Karma
  • Worked with Laurenzo Storelli, Harsh Dawar, Diego Alvarez, David Chan
  • Connect with me on LinkedIn or GitHub or Instagram

My Contributions

  • Helped with new features and bug fixes for, New Compose, a new feature in Hootsuite.
  • Created the link settings management area, an entirely new feature in the Hootsuite interface.
  • Helped refine New Compose for its release.
  • Helped incorporate ES6 modules into our code base, moving us closer to ES standards
  • Created Hootpedia, an encyclopedia of Hootsuite terminology with Slack and Confluence, with my Hoot Hackathon team
  • Published a blog post on JavaScript Modules
  • Pet many hootdogs

My Experience

Working at Hootsuite has been an incredible experience, for many reasons. The working environment at Hootsuite, including my co-workers, the culture, and project goals, has provided me with valuable new skills and experiences. One of the best ways to learn is by doing, and such a mentality is at the forefront of the Hootsuite culture. From start, I was fully integrated into the team and given an equal amount of responsibility as team members. On the first day, I released code to production, and within the first week I was involved with my team in development, sprint planning, grooming and retros. Shortly into my co-op term, I was also given the opportunity to provide code reviews to peers. This was an amazing way to develop my critical thinking and attention to detail. Moreover, this task help me to learn the best coding practices, write cleaner code, and broaden my programming horizons.

Although I had little experience with React, right from the start I was given real tickets and learned on the fly while making meaningful contributions to the team from finding and fixing bugs, maintaining current features and developing new features. I was able to start contributing right away because of all of my amazing teammates. Everyone was supportive, encouraging and ALWAYS willing to help when I needed it which made learning so much easier. The work-out loud culture has been instrumental in my growth as as a developer, an individual and an employee.

I’m so thankful to have been given this opportunity. I learned so much during my 4 months here and met some incredible and talented people. I’m definitely going to miss coming in everyday and tackling new challenges.