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When You’re Done, You’re Only Halfway Done

You’ve just checked in your code, given it a version number and are about to send it to QA, but wait, are you sure you are done? Sometimes when I use a new whizbang program, only to find it lacks some things which every useful program should have.  It is easy, especially when building a complex program with unique functionality, to focus entirely on the unique offering of the program. While an enormous amount of time should be put into differentiating a program, there are certain features that users now expect in order to get the highest performance out of […]

MediaMath Do-Gooders: Teaching Coding In NYC High Schools

// 05.27.2015 // Culture

Colin MacKenzie, a developer on MediaMath’s API team, was at a conference with his teammate Adrian Frimpong last October when the presenter offered some unusual advice: instead of becoming an expert on a specific language or learning a new tool, developers should spend time strengthening their coding fundamentals. The best way to strengthen fundamentals, Colin thought, would be by teaching others how to code. Right there, in his conference seat, Colin searched “teach kids to code NYC,” found ScriptEd, and filled out a volunteer interest form. He pressed send and looked over at Adrian’s screen just in time to see […]

Experiments with C and Go: Spec-ing out a new changelog

// 05.07.2015 // Platform API

Here at MediaMath, we store and act on a lot of data – many terabytes a day. A small subset of that data – all of the marketing campaign, ad unit, client, spend, billing, and reporting data, which is used for our digital marketing platform, TerminalOne (T1) – is stored in a PostgreSQL database. And while a changelog exists for this database, it was built early in MediaMath’s development and is tightly coupled with – and therefore reflective of – only select core T1 API endpoints, ignorant to other endpoints entirely. We needed to build a new service that could […]

Why I’m not ready to leave MediaMath yet

// 08.13.2014 // Culture

At a career fair in January, I wandered up to Eddie Fagin, a Director of Engineering at MediaMath, and asked him if MediaMath builds education technology. It turns out MediaMath does not do education technology – they, in fact, build advertising technology. But regardless, five months later, I started my summer internship at the Cambridge office on the user interface team. Now it’s three months in, and I’m not ready to leave. My reluctance is due in part to the incredible experience I’ve gained as a developer. Working with the team in Cambridge has taught me more than any class […]