Diana Voineag, our Software Development Engineer

16 Nov 2023 5 min read

Diana is a rather new member of our growing team that we got to know during the Stagii pe bune program. She joined us for a summer internship, and she proved to be a fast learner. She's brought significant contributions to the CryptPad project, by making CryptPad more accessible on mobile phones and putting in place a system to automate screenshots for documentation. Now she is taking on new challenges while she gets to combine work with her studies, because she stayed on the team as a part-time XWikier!

Let's find out more about her professional journey, hobbies, and code assistant!

Diana
in 5 things
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  • Favorite artist: Not artist, but band: Fleetwood Mac
  • Best book ever read: “A century of loneliness” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Dream destination: Iceland
  • Quote you live by: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown
  • At the office or remote? Both!

Tell me about yourself briefly

Hello, my name is Diana, I am 21 years old, and I was a Software Development Engineer Intern from July until October at XWiki, more precisely in the CryptPad team. After the internship, I have started working inside the same team, only this time as a part-timer. Besides programming, my other hobbies are travelling, sports and watching as many movies as I can. πŸ˜†

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Diana's most reliable code assistant, Little Sock

 

πŸŒ„ The internship experience

How did you find out about XWiki, and what made you choose it for an internship?

I was searching for an internship to do during summer and I came across XWiki on the Stagii pe bune's webpage. It was love at first sight as I noticed that the position included the 2 things I am passionate about: web development and privacy.

What was your internship experience like?

βœ… Solving issues and learning to work with a big codebase.
βœ… Developing a project to automate screenshots for documentation. 
βœ… Learning a lot about the good practices and must do's when working in production.

Actually, getting to see my work make a difference, even if it was small, meant a lot to me and kept me going during hard times.

What did you find to be the most interesting and challenging tasks?

Definitely working on issues as I learned they are usually more complex and in-depth than they seem at first sight. They also require a lot of attention to detail and a lot of reviews and implementations of feedback to actually be properly done. It also took a bit of time to get used to searching the codebase and making more sustainable changes rather than quick fixes, but now I can confidently say I am doing a lot better.

And what about integration into the environment? How easy, or difficult was it for you?

It was really easy as everyone was very welcoming and helpful. I also did try my best to go to the office as often as I could, and I can say that definitely helped with the integration. 

πŸ”Ž Open source impressions

Was Open Source something you had an interest in prior to XWiki?

Sadly, not really, but I did learn, while working for XWiki, some core values of Open Source and the importance of it. For instance, I got to understand first hand the meaning and value of collaboration and the power of the community, because I saw that a great deal of comments and improvement suggestions came from the community. This proved very helpful to me when working on issues for cryptpad.fr, especially from a learning perspective.

What's the Open Source value you identify with most?

I think collaboration. Team work really makes the dream work.

πŸ’‘ Lessons learned

What would you say is the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at XWiki?

Solving a problem right is usually more important than solving a problem fast!

⏳ The XWiki experience

What made you join XWiki as a part-time employee after your internship?

I really enjoyed my work and my team and I did feel like I made a difference. Also, I really stand by the company's values and principles so even though I knew it would be hard to also work and continue my studies, I didn't want to miss my opportunity of working for XWiki. The 4-hour schedule helps too. 😊 This way I have enough time for both my work and studies.

Will your responsibilities change?

In the beginning, I continued with the issues I started during my internship, and now I got more responsibility working on the project website!!

If you could describe your XWiki experience in one word, what would it be?

Flexibility

Favorite memory at XWiki?

I can't really pinpoint one favorite memory, but all the times I have been to the office or spent time with the team were really nice!

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Diana with teammates in IaΘ™i playing a board game during the Halloween celebration

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