Jonah brings his exceptional knowledge of Magento, the Drupal API and solid front-end development skills to each project he leads. He has been the lead developer on several of our largest implementations including Precor, Domu and most recently our open source Magento extension development with Amazon Payments. Jonah also holds a Magento Developer Plus certification, a credential earned by only the most expert of Magento developers.
Jonah has a B.A. from the University of Washington (a double major in Psychology and Communication), and 10+ years of experience in web application development. He comes from a long line of Northwest engineers, is a natural coder, and celebrates all his birthdays at The Crab Pot along Seattle’s Waterfront. Currently coding (on non-Seahawk game days only) from Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula with his sidekick Rooh.
The 6 Things You Need to Know About Jonah Ellison
What is it like living in Bremerton, Washington?
It’s an hour ferry ride from Seattle, a really convenient way to get to the city. I like being close to the Olympic National Forest, and doing trail runs through the forest with my dog, Rooh.
What do you recommend to people visiting Bremerton?
There’s a great golf course in this area, really beautiful. There’s also some good breweries that serve a great scotch ale. I particularly recommend Silver City Brewery. And of course the hiking.
How did you transition from a major in Psychology and communication to development?
I’ve always been into programming, and in college I created a social networking startup called U-Match. We were trying to sell it to student bodies - there were a lot of people trying to do what Facebook did during that time - but it was great experience as far as coding. I taught myself PHP and MySQL and eventually landed a job at the University of Washington working as a web developer. After that I moved into the private sector and went from firm to firm.
Psychology is definitely a fun and intriguing subject and I’m still very interested in it. I just recently read Strangers to Ourselves by Timothy D. Wilson, a great book about the adaptive unconscious. Another favorite of mine is the book The Practicing Mind, which focuses on the psychology of being in the present and focusing on the process instead of the final end project.
What was your first computer?
A 386 20MHz IBM with a 40MB hard drive and 2MB of RAM. My dad bought it in ‘92 ‘93, and when I was about 9 or 10 I started creating my own computer games since we eventually ran out of games to play. They were "Choose Your Own Adventure" type games and I think that’s how I initially started to learn programming.
How did the Crab Pot tradition get started?
I discovered Crab Pot when I worked at Gage Design, and started a tradition with my family of going every year during Memorial Day weekend. We order a big bowl of seafood, things like crab, muscles, shrimp, and oysters, and it’s all mixed together and they dump it on the table in front of you. You eat it all with lots of butter and it’s great.
What’s your favorite book you’ve read?
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Dune by Frank Herbert, and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
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