We plan to put five questions to each of the WXG (www.wxg.co.uk) conference’s speakers to give you a look into their talks, histories and what inspires them to do what they do. Introducing the thirteenth speaker, Robin Johnson. Why did you agree to speak at WXG? 

I agreed to speak at WXG as I want the Tech Scene in the Surrey area to expand.  I think having more conferences is never a bad thing, and picking topics people actually want to hear about brings in the tech crowds!

What do you think delegates will get out of your talk? 

From my talk, delegates will hopefully take away a greater understanding of the variety of databases in the industry.  NoSQL is still a hot topic, yet; so many developers know so little about it.  I want to give delegates a basic knowledge of the various types of database, the benefits of using those databases, and an understanding of which database to use at which time.

How did you get into programming and developing?  

I’ve been programming since I was around 13.  I got into it originally to make terrible websites for friends etc.  I expanded beyond web development into programming around four years ago.

Who is your inspiration in the industry? 

My team at SendGrid.  I am constantly  humbled by each and every one of them.  They’re my biggest inspirations, and my family.

What advice would you give to someone new to the industry? 

Learn the Go programming language and don’t even think about touching PHP.  Find a good team who support you, who you constantly learn from and you adore.  If you don’t work in a good team, you’re going to have a hard time.

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