Continuing in our Instructor Spotlight series for our Java instructors, meet Siddique Hameed. He's a third of the Java instructor team for the June 13th cohort along with Nick Kraftor and Vinod Vydier.
- Name: Siddique Hameed
- Class/Cohort: Java 061315
- Education: BS in Computer Science, University of Madras, India. Currently enrolled in part-time MBA program at Webster University.
- Current Day Job: Full-stack developer at MasterCard
- Programming professionally since: 1997
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: @siddii
What projects are you working on now at your "day job"?
Siddique: I am currently working as a Full-Stack/Polyglot Engineer in Simplify Commerce, a payment gateway solution from MasterCard.
With over 17 years of industry experience I have worked on industry domains ranging from Payments, Social-media, Bio-Informatics, Finance, Publishing, Insurance, Telecom, etc.
My current focus areas include AngularJS, NodeJS, Cloud Computing, Swift, Mobile applications etc.
What personal projects are you working on right now?
Siddique: Working on an iOS app using BLE technology, an IoT project.
Rewriting 2 of my native mobile apps (Android & iOS) using Ionic framework.
What's your favorite project that you've ever worked on?
Siddique: Current project, Simplify Commerce
Contributing code to Angular.JS
What got you into programming to begin with? What was that spark that made you say "I want to be a programmer"?
Siddique: I fell in love with programming when I first saw during my middle school that, using BASICA as a programming language, you could compose music and play Pac-Man.
If computers copuld do those things, I asked myself... what else I could do?
In your opinion, what's the most exciting thing happening in the world of Java right now?
Siddique: Convergence of mobile & desktop computing.
IoT (Internet of Things)
Evolution of cloud computing and its massive data processing power & capabilities.
If you could hang out with anyone from the tech world (alive or dead), who would it be and why?
Siddique: I would hang out with Steve Wozniak, so I could witness his unlimited passion for technology and geekiness.
What's your favorite thing to do besides programming and teaching class?
Siddique: Hacking Raspberry Pis and building DIY gadgets.