Meet Nathalie our Senior Developer!

by LaRee Stach, in Meet Our Team, posted 5/18/06
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Nathalie Nahmani

How did you start at Network Automation?
Well at the time I was just looking for a job. This was back in 1998. I was sitting in my place calling every software company that was in the phone book. I would just call and ask if they had a programmer position and when I called Network Automation I was very lucky because Scott (VP of Research and Development) and Dustin (CEO) just had a meeting where they decided they needed another programmer.

When I called there was no receptionist back then and Dustin picked up the phone. And I just said "Hi I'm looking for a programmer position" and he said "Wait a second" and handed the phone to Scott. And Scott said "Yes we are looking for someone." So I interviewed a couple of times and I just loved the place and the people.

Wow that is pure luck! Did you work for another software company in the past?
Yes, I was a programmer in France. I worked for another company for about three years before I came over to the States.

What did you study in school?
Computer Science. In the beginning I was studying psychology, sociology and math. But there was not a lot of work in that area. So I began to learn about computers and I really liked it.

When you were studying Psychology did you want to be a teacher?
My dream was to be a journalist because I love to read and write. I just didn't think I would like computers because I never touched a computer before, you know? I had my first computer class when I was 20. Before that I had never used a computer. Once I started to learn about programming I liked it. I like the creativity of programming and the aspect of building something.

Grenoble, France

Where are you from?
Im from Grenoble, a city in the south east of France at the foot of the Alps. They had the Winter Olympics there in 1968. The city is in the middle of the mountains which is kind of weird because everywhere you look there are mountains.

It must be beautiful! How long have you lived in the United States?
I arrived in 1998 and it's going to be eight years in December since I have been with Network Automation. Before I began at Network Automation I didn't do much of anything for the first few months. I just painted and made sculptures. It was a great time!

Do you paint any more?

Do you have any of your paintings hanging in your house?
Yes, in the closet.

Walk me through a typical day as a Senior Developer?
Well a typical day I read my email and depending if I have a bug report or someone needs help I'm synchronizing with the other developers. We synchronize our code together and then we work on that.

You're working on a new version of AutoMate right now. Is there anything in the upcoming version that you're really excited about?
In AutoMate 7, we put a lot of emphasis on the Task Builder to make it easier to build an AutoMate task. One feature AutoMate users will surely enjoy is the new multi tabbing. You can now open several tasks in Task Builder and switch between them effortlessly. There is a great deal of improvement in AutoMate 7 that I'd like to talk to you about but I don't want to spoil the stay tuned!

What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy the teamwork that we have. I have been working with Scott for eight years now and we have a great relationship. It's really easy to work together. It's the same with Dustin. I have known him for eight years now and it makes a big difference when you have people you enjoy working with.

In your eyes how has the company changed from 1998 to 2006?
It seems like we know where we are going now. We have the right employees now and we're going in the right direction. Everything has started to really make sense now especially since we have started growing. In development it has changed a lot. We work very cohesively as a team and it's really making a difference. In the past development was more free style - when something was wrong we would just fix it. Now, in addition to this we have a schedule and direction.

What's the most misunderstood aspect of your job?
We don't make bugs we actually fix them!

If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go?
I would go to Greece. I love Greece!

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things what would they be?
Stranded on Greece? My husband, he's fun! And a book with some paper and pencils to write with. (That's a little more than three but that's okay Nathalie.)

Poires Belle-Helene

What's something that your coworker's don't know about you?
I don't know what they do know about me so I don't know what they don't.

What's your favorite Movie?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Natalie, I notice you drink a lot of tea. What's your favorite?
Lemon Tea

How about your Favorite Dessert?
Poires Belle-Hélène. It's cooked pear in chocolate syrup.

Sounds yummy to me! Answer the following questions....

After hours you can find me?
In my backyard

When I retire I will....
Well I'm far too young to be thinking about that!

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