Tessa is a self-taught front-end developer working at Shopify who spent 2014 having opinions about JavaScript frameworks. At Cascadia Fest: Browser Day, she'll tell us why our future with web component future is going to be OK. She has answered some questions for us:

Is this your first trip to the Pacific Northwest? Do you have other plans for your trip?

First trip! I've barely been to the west coast at all, save from a short trip to Victoria BC last summer. After the conference I'm planning to head to Vancouver for the weekend to spend some time with a childhood friend.

What does your usual work day look like?

I usually bike into Shopify's downtown office around 9:30 and grab an iced coffee. The rest of the day is a combination of sifting through pull requests and issues, collaborating with designers on new projects, and building out libraries and utilities for the front-end team.

Who in the industry consistently blows you away with wonderful work?

I really appreciate developers who dedicate themselves to educating, whether it's through books or blog posts or conference talks. I have a lot of respect for Reginald Braithwaite, Kyle Simpson, Rebecca Murphy, and so many others that take the time to share their knowledge.

Have you worked in industries other than the web?

I spent about 6 years working in food service before I graduated university, mostly as a waitress or barista.

What does your dream job look like?

Big challenges, good people, compelling product.

Do you knit, play the banjo, make beer, climb rocks or do anything that isn't on a computer?

I used to knit a lot but lately I've been learning to sew! I also did recently start learning the ukelele, I have a background in music from my teenage years and I'm trying to ease my way back into it.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?

I have a degree in Philosophy and Anthropology and for a while considered doing a masters thesis on indigenous experiences of public healthcare in Canada. Then I became a web developer instead.