Android Sensei

My name is Mihai and I would like to tell you a short story about myself, so grab your coffe or tea and please bear with me. When I was in highscool, my mother wanted me to become an M.D. and she insisted I prepared for Medical School. I think that was because, in communist Romania, doctors used to make a good living and had high social status; nevertheless, being a doctor didn't really resonate with me.

It was also around that time that I made my first contact with computers. This was the '90s post-communist Romania and computers were just beginning to make their presence felt, so first I started off with some crappy no-name game consoles. But since I liked it so much that I would play games and have sleepovers at friends who had PC's, I decided to ask my father to buy me my own PC - even though I knew it would be a great financial effort for our family at that time. To my surprise, he sold an arm and a leg and got me an Intel Pentium 166Mhz processor PC. And what joyous times followed! I played games like Doom 2, Tomb Raider, Starcraft and Diablo, played with Corel Draw and Rebirth RB-338, hacked game saves to get myself infinite ammo and lives. My father used to tell my mom that I'm so absorbed with that computer, I'm never going to be a doctor.

Meanwhile, I continued to prepare for Medical School, but my passion for computers grew and I kept thinking about Computer Science as a University option. So, when I failed my admission exams into Medical School, I mustered all the courage I could get, went back home to my mom and told her that I'm through with medicine, and I would like to prepare for Computer Science instead. It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make, but looking back, it was also one of the best.

Why would I tell you this? Well I guess that this story best illustrates how passionate I am about programming and how I follow this passion as a compass to guide me in whatever I set out to do. It was this same drive I had when Android came about and I thought that this is something with potential; so I set out to learn how to make apps and then found myself doing this professionally. I started with Aegis Shield in order to learn Android, then I made Shopping Assistant, which also is a learning experiment that I published on Google Play to see how that goes. Unfortunately, it didn't make me a millionaire :), so eventually I went on and got some jobs as an Android Engineer, which I am currently am doing for a living. Some of the apps I worked on professionally are Kno Textbooks and Tolino Tab.

But the story isn't over yet. Since usually there's about a hundred ideas running around in my head and there are sooooo many things I would like to learn and try in this lifetime, you'll never know what I'm going to do next. Hell, I don't even know that sometimes :). However, I surely enjoy sharing the things I learn, so if you want to know how the story progresses and perhaps (if I do a good job) learn something new along the way, keep checking .

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