Developer’s Toolkit: Dallas S. Simpson

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

I’m Dallas S. Simpson and I am the Database Administrator (DBA) here at Behance. I’m responsible for all things MySQL related from making sure our databases are online, consistent and running as fast as possible to designing schemas, writing queries and making sure the code is interacting with the databases in the most efficient manner possible. I love databases! I’ve been working in tech for over 13 years now in various capacities and databases have always been the one thing that never cease to interest me. Originally I’m from Philadelphia, PA but moved to the East Village in New York in November of 2012 to come work here at Behance. When I’m not working I can found taking in live music, enjoying small batch bourbon, hanging out with my dog or underwater SCUBA diving.

2. What hardware do you use?

My primary machine is a 27″ iMac (Nov 2012 revision) with 3.4 GHz quad core processor, 32GB RAM and 1TB HD with an additional 27″ thunderbolt display. I also have a 13″ Macbook Air for going mobile.

3. What software do you use?

I spend a good amount of my day using the SQL editor in MySQL Workbench. Recently after years of being a dedicated Textmate user I switched to Sublime 2 as my primary text editor and I’m loving it. In terms of productivity apps I’d be lost both professionally and in life in general without Wunderlist. I use it to keep track of just about everything in my life. Oh, and I can’t forget about good olde Terminal.app. Not much would get done without that either!

4. What do you listen to while working?

Music had always been my first love and I can’t work without it. Not only does the rhythm help me focus on the the task at hand but it also blocks out all the other sounds, conversations and distractions going on around me. As for what I’m listening to… At least one day a week ends up getting dedicated Morrissey and/or The Smiths, I don’t plan on it but it seems to work out that way. Other artists in heavy rotation are T. Rex, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Suicide, Arial Pink, Neu!, Belle and Sebastian, My Bloody Valentine, Thee Oh Sees, Jay Reatard, The War on Drugs, Purling Hiss, GG Allin, Black Flag, The Damned, The Misfits, Tubeway Army, The Turtles, the Kinks, The Mamas and the Papas and lots of other awesome stuff.

5. Out of all the equipment used, what piece of software/hardware do you feel is the most useful of all?

My music collection on my iPhone (see #4) and my headphones to enjoy it with.

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by dallas
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