Talking to Glenn Van Mele about being a JavaScript developer at Waylay

Written By: Miruna Suru | Date:
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What do you do at Waylay?

I’m a JavaScript developer, I started at Waylay with an internship and now it's more than a year since I've been on board full-time. Most of my time is spent on the Conrad Connect platform, working both on the back- and on the front-end.

I love the fact that there’s a lot of variety in my job. One day I can work on integrating a new device, and the next day on building a new UI feature.

For instance, a couple of months ago we started building a new authentication service, for which I did the UI/front-end part. This was a great chance for me to learn ReactJS as I had never used it before. Learning on the job and working with new technologies is the best part of my job.

What's an exciting thing you're working on right now?

We've just recently released the Project Sharing feature in Conrad Connect. This gives you the opportunity to share your IoT automation project with other users. The way it works is you create a project, the platform will create a template out of it and will make it publicly available. If others want to use your project, the system automatically matches the available smart devices to make it work. I’ve spent a lot of time on this, and I’m very proud to see more and more people use the feature.

Adding new devices is also exciting and we do that nearly every day.

What are the qualities that you appreciate most in colleagues?

What I appreciate a lot is being flexible and willing to help. And this is how people are at Waylay - if you have a problem, or you’re just not getting there, you can always ask someone to have a look and they will definitely be able to help you out.

It’s also cool to see that everyone is so motivated to create the best possible product. It makes it a fun environment to work in.

What is one thing that you believe would make someone not a good fit for Waylay?

I think people who aren’t flexible aren’t a good fit for Waylay. Because here your job varies a lot. It isn’t always clearly defined, it doesn't always fit into a strict description. What needs to be done, needs to be done. But to me, that is what makes it interesting. You can learn a lot just by looking at new problems and trying to fix them.

What are some of your passions outside of work?

Music takes up a large part of my life. There aren’t a lot of things I do without music. I learned to play bass guitar when I was 10, then a few years later I started a band with a few friends and began creating our own music. Later I also started playing guitar, got interested in music production and taught myself the basics of playing piano. All of this combined has led me to create songs on my own or with my friends in the bands I'm in: State of Empire and Los Mandarinos de San Nicolas. And over the years, as my own music tastes evolved, so did the music that I created.

Apart from music, I'm in a quiz team called ‘De Nieuwe Lichting’. During weekends you can often find us trying to gather some points for the national quiz ranking. It’s a lot of fun.

Interested in joining us? Check out our vacancies and get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Miruna Suru

Inbound marketer @Waylay, background in B2B marketing, trade development, performing arts, passionate about space exploration and storytelling.


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