I’m a software developer hailing from Venezuela. I studied Software Engineering between 2002 and 2008 in the beautiful Simón Bolívar University (we call it the USB):
In 2002 I knew I liked programming and it turned into love as I learned more. During those years I met my best friends including my wife, I started a web development company where we built many client sites and did my favorite thing ever: learning new things.
During those years, I also experienced the ugliness of a State that made retaliation and revenge their agenda. I was blessed to be born into a middle class family that worked for the state’s oil, but after being fired in 2002 and stripped from their retirement savings we moved to Canada.
Moving countries usually means you need to work harder, specially when the alternative is going back to a place you don’t really want to go to. This meant working at a company that wasn’t professionally in my carreer path.
To counteract this, I started building things:
- I created a community for people that want to publish fan fiction at Fictionesque.com.
- I started to learn iOS programming and built my first app TinyFurniture.
- Recently I built my second app QuickShopper.
I use this site to put out my thoughts on things that interest me. If you have a comment or want to get in touch my main water cooler is twitter, so send me a tweet if you want to reach me. I like photography and my DSLR shots live on flickr and my phone shots on instagram.
The Software Engineering programme at the USB required students to do an internship or a final project in the last year. Two of my friends and I decided to do a project, for that we built an eLearning platform called Osmosis on top of CakePHP.
Back then, I also wanted a blogging software with custom post types to allow me to create different layouts for each kind of post. I was also accustomed to the neat organization afforded by the MVC in CakePHP.
For both reasons, this meant Wordpress was out of the question. And because I had less experience than time I built Blogmill. I’ve since moved away from it because I haven’t updated the code to use the new CakePHP versions (I’ve also realized I don’t care about custom post types). This site runs on top of Camel.