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All men are forged from single mold.
But not all developers are equal.
Sort them not by medals, nor by rank.
The difference lies in their actions under pressure.

About the author

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Oscar Medina

Full-stack Developer

Biography

In your life you have to make choices, not all your decisions need to lead to success, this was my path to become a developer.

At my young age, I wasn’t a “good student”. I was lost, without a clear path for my career. I started studying professional training in electricity and industrial automatisms. After 4 years with a lot of difficulties I quit and started working at an important vehicle factory in my hometown.

I stayed there for 2 years but, when my contract finished, the company did not renew my contract. The situation was bad, I was even more lost than at the beginning. After long meditation and some sporadic jobs, I decided to make a reboot. I left my hometown and I went to Seville, where I studied what I wanted to from the beginning. I studied a professional training in Microinformatic systems and networking, which was my first complete success: I finished the course and I was awarded for personal and professional career.

I went back to my hometown and in a few weeks I found a job, it wasn't too much related to my recent acquired title, but was a good point to start. It was a position of fibre optics technician, working directly installing networks in customer houses or offices and resolving issues in previous clients.

After two years I decided to exploit my vocation by joining a coding Bootcamp. I went to Barcelona where I´m currently living, and I put all my effort during the coding Bootcamp to become a developer. When the Bootcamp ended and after some interviews, I found my first developer job, were I stablished the bases of all the knowledge of the Bootcamp.

Hobbies

Weekend, that part of the week where you can do anything you want, you can sleep 16 hours in a row, have a walk around your neighbourhood, or even go to the mall to do some shopping, but what about me? I do have lots of hobies. Now you can read some stories about them.

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GAMING

I started playing videogames when I was young: My parents gave my brother and me a PS1 as birthday gift, and since then I play video games as my main hobby.

I currently play a lot of coop games, I’m not a competivive guy so I prefer games that require team play. I also love to get lost in an immersive story.

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MUSIC

When I was young I wasn’t a person that loved listening to music, I listened to some music of different genres, but it wasn’t until my 18 when I started listening a lot of music and discovered one of my biggest passions.

When I was 19 I bought a BC Rich Warlock guitar and started learning on my own to play guitar, not professionally, just like a hobby. I enjoy playing guitar, but to be honest, I’m not good.

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RASPBERRY AND SYSADMIN

One thing I really loved when I was studying sysadmin was servers, and more specifically raspberry pi as server. I got one RPi 1b+ and I used it to configure my own server, with web server for static and dynamic websites for CMS like wordpress. But I also configured my own VPN for accessing my home network from school, radius server for individual wifi access for each person in the house.

Since then I love to find projects to do with my raspberrys, now that I have many of them.

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CODING

I know, it sounds a little bit like a topic, but I love coding.

I have some personal projects, but also I maintain some open source packages that I use on my daily work.

That moment when you have created something, people watch it and say, “Hey dude, it’s ****** cool.” is one of the most satisfactory feelings you can have.