How Technology shaped my career

My first contact with computers was through my older cousin, Mauro. I remember watching him type DOS commands and play 5¼-inch floppy disk games on a 286, then 386, then 486 machines, year after year. I have to thank him for my involvement in computers.

When computers became less expensive, my parents bought me a PC. It was a Pentium 75Mhz with MS-DOS 6.22, Windows 3.1 and 800MB HD, a.k.a. Winchester (that’s how we called all hard-drives back in Brazil).

The choice of a Windows PC 💾

I would only ever see a Macintosh later in my life when I moved to Canada. Why? Apple computers were extremly expensive in Brazil back in those days. Plus, an IBM-compatible PC would provide you with more flexible ways to customize your computer.

I did however, play a lot with different flavours of Linux when I a kid: Debian, Slackware, Red Hat, Mint, Suse, Fedora, you name it. But I felt that Linux wasn’t very mature at the time, things would often break or not be compatible. As a normal user and a gamer, Microsoft PC was a clear winner.

I started playing around with Basic and Pascal, but ended-up developing my first application, a freeware game for Windows 95 (32-bit) with Visual Basic 6. You may read more about that in my About page.

The choice of C♯

Going forward a few years, now in my University lab, I was learning formal concepts of programming and OOP with languages like C and Java on Unix (Solaris) machines. At the same time, a new language from Microsoft was coming out of the oven with a shiny sound name, C#. Being a Windows developer since the times of Windows 95, I decided to take a look at it.

I was instantly in love with C#. It was more elegant, succinct and easier to read than Java and of course easier to work with than C++ and faster to get software released.

Although I had to learn other languages to graduate (such as C, Java, LISP, Lua, Assembly), I never really worked with those languages in a professional setting.

C sharp was where the future relies

The year of 2003 was when I started working with C# (.NET 1.1) on Windows desktop applications. After 5 years, I moved to Canada and transitioned to Web development.

While my fellow graduated colleagues in Brazil were all working with JSP and Java, I was happy with ASP.NET and C#. So much so, that I was facinated with the CLR.

C sharp is not the future

Apple launched the iPhone in Canada in 2008 and of course, I bought one.

But I wasn’t ready to transition to mobile development yet. I was in the process of becoming a Canadian permanent resident which meant that I had to stay on my current job on Windows and, like I said, I was happy where I was.

After a while however, that awful feeling software engineers feel when technologies are leaving us behind was gaining more and more space in me. So I decided to learn Objective-C and develop my first mobile app.

After my immigration process was done, I decided to invest more and more into mobile development. So I engaged in learning the iOS SDK and landed my first contract, Chartright, which was perfect for me because it was a small app to be released only for iOS and it was launched in 2013 in iOS 7 with an update for iOS 9.

Google could have used C# on Android instead of Java.

If Microsoft embraced two things since the very first release of .NET:

  1. Open source: They did, but 10 years later in 2014 😕
  2. Multi platform support: They did, but only in 2016 😩

I played with Mono back in the days, but C# was not open source and Linux was never really supported. Otherwise, maybe Google could have used C# on Android instead of Java.

Here comes JavaScript

I got more involved in the content streaming industry by developing front-end apps for multiple platforms with JavaScript in 2013/2014 and abandoned C#.

Since then, I have applied the principles of software engineering to JavaScript to enable beautiful apps on Browsers, Mobiles, Universal Windows Platform and multiple connected devices.

What the future relies?

The future relies on dart? Read more in my next article.

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