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.

Quick Facts

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.