Name: Thomas Hamou
Job title: API Software Engineer
Arrival at dailymotion: 16/08/2018
Favourite band: Depeche Mode
Favourite pizza: Foie gras, gorgonzola & mascarpone
Favourite Street Fighter character: M.Bison
What does it mean to be an API software engineer at dailymotion?
“In a few words, my job is to improve dailymotion’s REST API and to keep it alive. It means monitoring the public API, solving issues when necessary and anticipating the transition toward the next GraphQL API that we are currently developing for our internal use and for our partners.”
What kind of technologies are you working on every day?
Have you always worked on these technologies?
What was your background before joining dailymotion?
“After graduating from SUPINFO Paris (an institution of higher education in computer science), I worked on PHP and I learned some CMS and frameworks, such as Zend, Symfony, EzPublish, WordPress and some other exotic products. I’ve been working in the press business for 8 years, first at Editions Larivière and then for Prisma Media. Press and video are close universes with similar architectures. An article has a title, a text and images, and it’s not that different from a video, when you think about it. That’s why I joined dailymotion: to work on video projects and experiment new technical challenges.”
What’s your favourite part of your job?
“Working on a massively called API is a real challenge. I also like the fact that dailymotion is agile and has many products with a large variety of languages. It is an incredible opportunity for me to compare and use different technologies to achieve my goals, so my daily job is never monotonous.”
How did you start coding in the first place?