Meet the Instructor: Diego Lavayen-Alarcón

Frontend Module Tutor at Manchester Codes

What gets you excited about Technology?

When I started working on web, there were just so much you could do and I'm not talking like 20 years ago, but just 6 or 7... it's really astonishing how fast pace technology is (in all its different variants) and how far we're getting as society, breaking barriers and improving peoples interactions with it.

How long have you been coding? How did you get started?

I've been coding for around 11 years, I got my Computer Science bachelor degree in 2010, a MSc in Advance Computer Science at the University of Manchester in 2015 and another MSc in Applied Computer Security in 2016.

What do you enjoy about working at Manchester Codes?

I'm pretty much new at Manchester Codes, but so far something that really fulfils me is knowing that we can make a real difference in people's lives towards their goals of changing careers. Sharing knowledge is something I knew I wanted to do at some point in my life and I'm just pleased I could do it here and impact so many individuals at once.

Favourite language and framework/library/ tool?

language: typescript/python.

framework: angular.

library: react.

tool: vscode

Least favourite language and framework/library/ tool?

language: php.

framework: symfony.

library: N/A.

tool: N/A

One piece of advice you have for people fresh to Software development?

Don't let the overwhelming size of the universe take away the importance and meaning of the small things in life.

You'll face a lot of challenges and a lot of people trying to take you down, the hill could be steep but the benefits and fulfilment at the end would make everything worth it.

Outside of work, what do I like to do for fun? How do you spend your downtime?

watching series and movies (massive marvel fan here), geeking with some astrophysics, cosmology and brain/conciseness podcasts, and of course travelling

What did you want to be when you were younger?

a priest... I know shocking!!

If you were stranded on a remote island, alone. What piece of technology/ gadget would you be unable to live without?

a water purifier

How can people follow your journey?