Hi! I'm Alex 👋
Here at the top you can see my main roles and right next to this text I'm showing off my MuleSoft badges. 😄
If you're interested in knowing more about my professional experience, my studies, my volunteering experience, or my certifications, feel free to go to my LinkedIn profile.
In this page you can read more about my personal journey in technology and a bit of an insight into why I decided to create ProstDev. At the end you will also find some random facts about me. 🤗
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How did I get started with technology?
When I was a kid, I really liked the movie "Jurassic Park." I could watch it over and over without getting tired of it. Of course, I love dinosaurs, but I also liked that movie because there was a girl that preferred to be called a "hacker." Yes, I'm talking about Lex Murphy, John Hammond's granddaughter. I had no idea what a "UNIX system" was, but it was so cool that she was able to lock the doors and fix the phones with it!
I still remember when I had my first computer with internet access. I started reading a lot about computer systems in my attempt to become a hacker. I remember when I tried to create my first HTML website, or the first time I actually managed to "hack" an android tablet.
"I don't know what root means, but, hey, it sure sounds cool."
I started my first internship at 17 as a Quality Assurance tester in an International Retail Company. I was about to finish High School and I already knew the basics of some languages like C/C++, HTML, Java, SQL. I loved playing around with the console or discovering what Linux was all about.
When I was studying for my bachelor's degree, in Mexico, I got the chance to participate in a 1-year exchange program to Germany, where I studied some Computer Science subjects and had an internship in one of the largest food companies in the world. The best thing was that I got to have all the coffee and hot chocolate that I wanted; and, honestly, it is the best I've had. I also re-discovered my taste for beer.
German beer? Yes, please!
Random fact: did you know that "cheers" in german is "Prost"? ;)
I won't bore you with the rest of my journey in IT. I worked for some more companies (small, medium, international), I got my first certification before finishing university, and I got to Canada! Magic...
But seriously, I wanted to tell you a bit about myself because I believe that we never really leave our dreams behind. I may not want to become a "hacker" anymore (or... do I?), but I sure keep my enthusiasm towards technology; it's just amazing how we continue inventing more and more stuff, and how it's impossible to know it all! Well, I can't know all the technologies in the world, but I sure try to keep myself updated as much as I can.
Why did I create ProstDev?
I created ProstDev because I once was alone while trying to start writing, and it took me a couple of years to lose the fear and to be proactive. I want to help other IT professionals to take the first step towards writing a technology blog post and continue coaching them along the way.
I don't believe that technology is reserved for only a few people in the world. I don't believe that there's only one way to learn. There are people who learn by looking at pictures, or videos, or diagrams; there are people who need to hear the explanation, there are people who can just read paragraphs of information and actually retain it, or there are people who need to do something with their hands to be able to understand it.
This is my motivation. I want to help IT professionals to start creating content and share their knowledge so other people can learn new technologies from all these different perspectives. No matter where they come from, what's their experience, if they're developers, architects, managers. I want to create content that can be understood by this wider audience.
Technology is a gift, let's learn it together.
I love horror. Horror stories, movies, video games, anecdotes, everything! I love to feel scared.
I love Disney movies and I cry with every single one of them. I also love to sing along (though most of the lyrics I know are in Spanish, and I know one song in German, but I'm slowly starting to memorize the English lyrics).
I have a cat, Eris, and a dog, Waffle. Eris always wants to be the star in my (now virtual) meetings.
I started playing PS1 when I was little and I only played Crash and Spyro. Now I have a PS4 and a Nintendo Switch, and my favorite games are Zelda Breath of the Wild, God of War 4, Crash, Spyro, Until Dawn, Little Nightmares, Beat Saber (VR), Super Mario Odyssey, and Horizon Zero Dawn.
I need to work with headphones on. I can't concentrate if I'm not listening to music.
I sing and dance while I'm working, while I'm taking a bath, while I'm driving (or inside the car in general), while I'm washing the dishes, and while I'm waiting for children to come trick or treating in Halloween.
I have watched Jurassic Park so many times that I can now recite the whole movie.
I love coffee but it's bad for my anxiety (and my sleep), so now I mostly drink decaf.
(I guess this is kind of a sad fact 😢 )
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. Horror movies, scary houses, candies, costumes. Love all of it.
"God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth."