Ask the Interns: Gaochang Li

Being content with just getting it to work is not a good way to learn and improve yourself.

Gaochang Li (pictured second from the right) is an engineering intern on the UI Engineering team in Redwood City, Calif. He is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin, studying computer science. 

What inspired you to join Delphix?

Delphix creates very interesting products using a variety of technologies. Data is the cornerstone of many different services and research. Especially with the rapid development of artificial intelligence, the size and need for data is growing at an exponential speed. As the amount of data grows, the power to manage and deliver that data in an intuitive and timely fashion becomes more and more valuable. In the foreseeable future, I believe the demand for getting and managing data more easily and quickly will only grow faster, as will the market for Delphix’s products and technologies.

What project was your internship focused on? 

My project was on the front-end, where I assembled user actions and backend jobs retrieved through notification to construct and maintain a client-side data model. I also built several UI components that incorporated the data model to render a sidebar that users can use to monitor status of actions and jobs and interact with them.

What is the biggest challenge you faced and what did you learn from that experience? 

In the beginning, the size and scope of my project was overwhelming. But I received a lot of help from my manager and mentors to break it down into smaller, more achievable milestones. I’m really happy that I was given the freedom to make decisions on the architecture and implementation approach for this project. I learned a lot about system design, and it feels great to see my project have an impact on the product.

What key skills and/or experience have you gained from your time at Delphix? 

I learned how to break down a complicated project into reasonably sized tasks while figuring out how to work at a good pace in sequence. I also learned many new frameworks that I previously haven’t work with. Overall, I plan to bring all these valuable skills with me into my school and personal life.

What’s one thing you wish you knew before starting this internship? 

I wish I brought a jacket or wore layers to the office! The weather is beautiful in Redwood City, but the AC made the office super cold. 

What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with future interns? 

People here focus more on getting things done rather than how many hours you work or how many meetings you attend, so don’t get stressed about your schedule. You can relax and really just be yourself because the culture at Delphix is great. More importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions; it’s better to ask for clear instructions than spend hours grinding on it something you’re unsure of. Finally, be curious. When you’re tasked with fixing something, try to think about how and why it works. Being content with just getting it to work is not a good way to learn and improve yourself.

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