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Programmer Profiles – Jason Van Vuren

by Aaron Brander on April 9th, 2012

Title: Front End Manager

Jason has been at Mindscape for a number of years and has grown into our leading front end coder. He pushes our team to be better all of the time and to embrace new technologies so we are more efficient and can do cooler work. He joined Mindscape with a passion to be a coder, and not much else. Previously, he had not done a lot of work with websites, but he had a desire to learn and be the best. We liked him and the fact that he played bass, so we gave him a shot. We are glad we did! Read on to learn more about Jason Van Vuren.

What did you do before Mindscape?
I worked for L3 Communications Aviation Division as a supervisor for the electronics and testing technician team.

What made you want to work with websites?
The challenge of front end development from the perspective of providing a positive user experience with great UI.

What is your favorite part about working at Mindscape?
The culture here is unique. Not at all like a corporate entity.

What is your least favorite part of the job?
At this point in my career as a front end developer, I would have to say writing html/css. It’s starting to get redundant and old. My interests are definitely moving in a direction of mobile and web application development. I believe that building apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript is the future of the web.

What do you do for fun on the weekend?
Golf, boating, and generally being outdoors.

What is it like to be the oldest guy in the Pit?
Actually, the age I’m at now is pretty cool. I like having the life experiences and knowledge that I have gained over the years.

Tell everyone a story about something you have done.
Actually the most recent ‘cool’ thing I have done was to attend a tactical weapons training course with a friend of mine. We got strap on some AR15’s and walk through a simulated urban environment and take out bad guys. I had a lot fun with that. Unfortunately, I took out some civilians as well, oops. First time though. ( not real people, shooting targets. Just to clarify ) :)

About the Author

Aaron Brander has written posts on Piece of MIND(scape).


Aaron Brander is Vice President of Technology. When he's not bending technology to his will, he can be found hiking in the wilderness or trying to finish a novel.

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