Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. This place is my collection of things that I wanted to share. It is my own long-term social experiment. As all things go on the internet, unless mentioned otherwise, content that you may find here is not affiliated with my work or employer.
Quick about me:
- Software Engineer, EIT
- live and work in beautiful Toronto, Canada
- work for 🇨🇦 on contract
- hold two complementary undergraduate degrees awarded from University of Ottawa:
- open to new opportunities in Toronto or remote hire me
- life-long interest in software engineering discipline
Technology I am familiar with:
I am always learning and experimenting on my own time. My computer science foundation, coupled with software engineering training, allows me to jump into any code base and any language.
- computer science foundation using Java and C
- familiar with Ruby (Ruby on Rails, Sinatra)
- familiar with HTML
- familiar with CSS/SASS/Less
- familiar with multi-language and accessibility compliance
- familiar with cross-platform development
- familiar with cross-browser development
- familiar with continuous deployment (codeship, travis, jenkins)
- familiar in *nix environments
- competent in Swift
- able to work with Objective-C
- new in iOS development (since November 2017)
- new in OS X development (since April 2018)
I am open to learning new technology.
Long about me:
Hello, friend. Alex here. I am a software engineering graduate living in Toronto, Canada. I graduated magna cum laude from University of Ottawa. I mention this because it means a lot to me. I was afraid of the challenges that come with completing an engineering degree curriculum. It took a lot of effort and hard work.
I am interested in all aspects of the software engineering discipline. To prove my dedication beyond obtaining an accredited software engineering degree, I am in the process of obtaining my professional engineering (P.Eng) license. I am currently in the EIT stage. As it is illegal in Canada to call yourself a Software Engineer without an engineering license, hopefully this shines some light on any confusion around my Software Engineer, EIT title.
My career path has not been so straightforward. You can check out my resume to see my adventures. The common denominator along all my various career paths has been people. I enjoy helping people and businesses solve their problems. I strive to leave whatever I work on in a better state than I found it. My life’s goal is to be helpful to people by being great at creating and maintaining usable software.
As you know, I also have a degree in Psychology. I went into the degree without any interest and with the single goal of applying to medical schools. I stayed to learn about people. My honours thesis was “An fMRI investigation of working memory in chemotherapy-treated breast cancer patients”. I was interested in Neuroscience and was given an opportunity to work with fMRI.
I enjoy knowledge for its own sake. I explore other disciplines to understand our ever-changing world. Also, I use such opportunity in attempts to connect different disciplines to software. The future of software lies in cross-disciplinary solutions.
I am also interested in business and entrepreneurship. Here is a video of my adventures during the Ontario Summer Company 2014 Entrepreneurial Grant:
Thank you for stumbling upon me and reading this far. If I am looking for a job, then the following information may be useful for you. If I am not, then this is purely here for documentation.
What should you know about me?
- I like to work
- I don’t like to waste time (yours or mine)
- I prefer to ask why not instead of why
- I chose the software engineering profession for a reason
- I like to think about software from the initial idea all the way to maintenance stage (or “end” if you like) [psych training surely complements engineering here]
Why should you hire me?
- I am reliable and honest
- I listen to feedback and improve based on comments
- I learn quickly
- I care
What am I good at?
- I will find a solution for whatever problem that is at hand or die trying
- I want everyone to succeed, thus I will provide honest advice
- I like performing under stress
What am I bad at?
- sometimes my solutions are complex
- sometimes I struggle communicating complex ideas in easy to understand and digest words (one of the reasons behind this website 🤪)
What can I do for you?
- Give me 3 months and some tasks and see where this leads us
- I promise to give my best shot
- If it does not work out, no hard feelings
Unless otherwise mentioned in the post, those projects are side projects which I work on on weekends and evenings, and are not affiliated with my work or employer.