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Virtual Interview: Ian Ippolito

Today I had the pleasure of conducting a virtual interview with manager and CEO of Exhedra Solutions Inc, Ian Ippolito. Ian runs Planet-Source-Code.com and also RentACoder.com. In this interview, Ian talks about how PSC started, why it's been so successful, the infrastructure behind the site, and his background in computer programming.

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December 20, 2001
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7. Describe a typical day in the life of Ian Ippolito

I wake up and walk over to the server room to see how the servers held up over the night. After I take off my system engineer’s hat, I put on my Rent a Coder facilitator hat and help people who are having issues with buyers or coders on the site.

After that, it varies. I may have some major ASP enhancements to work on, so I'll find a quiet corner and go to town on that. Or maybe I need to do some marketing, and I get to create a new ad to promote the sites. Or maybe I'm developing a strategic alliance with a new business partner.

That's the joy of being an entrepreneur...you get to do a lot of different things and wear a lot of different hats. It's also a lot of work...but I think it’s worth it.

8. What are your future plans for PSC?

New sections for new languages, such as VB.Net, C#, etc. Wherever programming goes, so will the site.

9. What's your favorite programming language and why?

I've programmed professionally in Cobol, Fortran, C, C++, Visual Basic and a few other minor languages. It’s extremely unpopular to say it, but Visual Basic is hands down my favorite language as both a programmer and an employer.

As a programmer, it’s got superior debugging tools that allow me to code 3x faster than C++ (this will be changing soon with C# and .Net, of course). As an employer, Visual Basic programmers are more plentiful and therefore more cost effective.

10. For people looking to break into the programming industry, how would you recommend they go about it?

Learn everything you can, get a computer science degree and practice, practice, practice. I don't know of any good programmers who don't practice every chance they can get...

Well, there you have it. A “virtual interview” with the manager and CEO of Exhedra Solutions Inc, Mr Ian Ippolito.

You can visit Planet-Source-Code at http://www.planet-source-code.com, or, if you’re looking to hire a temporary programmer or be hired yourself, be sure to visit http://www.rentacoder.com.
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