My name is Nasir Zubair, @nsr81 on twitter and nzubair on Github. I hail from the oft-forgotten borough of Staten Island, NYC. I do have a very inactive blog at http://randombrainworks.com.
My interest in computers and technology is a bit more recent than most folks. My first foray with computers was playing Prince of Persia on a cousin's 386. From there, I ended up taking courses to learning some touch typing, BASIC, Lotus 123, WordPerfect, etc. I seriously started considering a career in IT when I received my first computer in 1999. It cam with Windows 98 and a whopping 128MB of RAM From there, I went onto to get my BS and Masters in Computer Science.
I have been coding since 2000/2001. My education started with C, C++ and Java. I started working with PHP/mySQL on my own around the same time, eventually switching to C# for serious development and Powershell for system automation.
In terms of career, I ended up on the support side of things in corporate environment. I have done various levels of Desktop Support through my career. I'm currently a Senior Desktop Engineer in financial sector.
My interest in software development surged again after I attended Microsoft's TechEd in May 2014. I was excited to see what was happening in the .Net world, e.g. ASP.NET going open source and native OSX/Linux support, etc. I gave myself about a year and a half to switch careers. I heard about @CodeNewbie from Scott Hanselman back in June and attended my first #CodeNewbie twitterchat. I've been attending on and off since then, as life permits
These days, I'm trying to learning a few different things:
- Learning how to and developing an Outlook COM add-in (don't ask lol).
- Learning Bootstrap and brushing up on my rusty PHP skills for another work project.
- Learning some basics of data visualization/reporting for yet another work project.
All the while, trying to pick up and keep up with stuff like DevOps, Continuous Integeration and TDD. With TDD being the most challenging, as you may have noticed in my tweets during last chat.
Sorry about the wall of text