Q&A with LJ Roodt

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You know that feeling when you can’t remember what life was like before you met someone, or how you got things done? That’s how we feel about LJ! Not only does he get every project done on time and within budget, but he’s also a pleasure to work with and always willing to help out or give advice.

What role do you play as part of the extended Yellow Door team?

I’m a freelance web developer

Which of the Yellow Door values do you resonate most with and why?

Yellow Door values are all important, but the one I most resonate with is consistency.

As my clients, friends and family all know, consistency in day-to-day life and work-based tasks is what I strive for. As for consistency in delivering projects, I ensure that they are at the highest standard by adopting a can-do attitude, which brings joy to my development. 

Tell us a bit more about your area of expertise, and why you are passionate about it?

I studied Web Development & Graphic Design for two years, after which I got offered my first front-end development job. It was a great experience to get my foot into the coding world.

With over thirteen years of development experience and after completing a course in Multimedia motion, which is part of my passion in the industry, I continue to learn each day and grow. I enjoy developing complex systems and eye-catching websites, and lately also started pursuing app development for future projects.

I’m a developer that takes precision to my work as requested and always find room for improvement or recommendations to lift a project to new heights. It is like my kryptonite to know I am delivering!
Development is not always fun and games but purely a passion one should have, you need to do what you love, or you will never be happy.

What do you find most challenging about this area of marketing?

I would say that what I find most challenging is most upcoming developers do not carry out the basics and ensure quality work for their clients (in other words they rush jobs). There are so many ways these days to develop much quicker in a sufficient way and yet one can see coding errors all over the web. 

What trends are you looking forward to learning more about/ implementing as part of your approach?

I am surely looking forward to current trends in AI, how this will impact the current market we work in and how this will affect user experiences. Knowing this is a long-term trend that still needs loads of work, it is still exciting to learn about ways forward for the development of systems and more.

What are your top three projects or brands that you’ve had the opportunity to work on?

With so many opportunities provided by Yellow Door, I have to say that my top three projects thus far have to be Commodore Marine Consultants, The Development Initiative & Conservation Travel Africa

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

I usually switch off from development mode and enjoy life and observe things around me. This opens up refreshing ideas and exploration of other exciting possibilities.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I spend my time with family, running around with my son and enjoying seeing him grow each day.
Other than that, you will find me on the shooting range participating in the practical pistol shooting.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be?

Thor – Thunder at your fingertips and mighty wielding-hammer, now that would be fun.

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