DevHero: Bogdan Kecman | SuperPower: MyQuery Blaster

25-Aug / 0 COMMENTS

1. What did you want to be when you grow up? And how did you start programming?

Never cared for the destination, not even as a small kid, always paid more attention to the journey. I always knew I’ll be on an interesting journey and I always am. How I started .. well got my first computer at age of 10 and some books. Luckily my parents allowed me to learn English at young age so using original documentation was not a problem. One of the books was about basic so inside few days I thought myself some basic and started programming… after a while I figured out that basic is too slow and limiting and started disassembling existing programs and teaching myself assembler, then demo scene happened.. rest is history.

2. Why do you consider IT conferences important? What meaning does Voxxed have for you personally?

Looking back it was very hard to get to information; finding datasheets, manuals, application notes it was impossibly hard, slow and expensive. Today everything is out there accessible to everyone for free. This did not happen on it’s own, it happened because some people invested their time and money to make it happen. IT conferences are great way for me to give something back, to add to that information pool, to help fellow colleagues the way they are helping me trough work they are doing. Sharing the knowledge is the only way we can keep the whole “availability” alive.

3. What is the craziest thing that happened to you that involves technology?

It’s a hard question to answer, I am involved in technology on so many levels, from both software and hardware side. I almost died many times, had stuff explode in my face, had stuff do crazy unexpected things.. on the other side I worked with some amazing people on many projects. Getting one single “craziest” thing out of all that is hard; on other hand some of the most interesting and crazy situations are covered by NDA so are not really something that I could easily share, but for e.g. finding out that dba in our partner company (this was before I joined MySQL team) in UK that was paid some insane amount of money, had no clue what indexes are and how they are used, or a situation when I hired network engineer with full set of Cisco certificates that didn’t know how to telnet to a router, or situation when I was sued by developer for not hiring him ignoring the fact that he didn’t know how to create a table in database without help from google while the no1 requirement for the job was expertise in sql, or when I designed new 3d printer only to figure out after few weeks of assembling that it cannot go trough door and that it’s too heavy for me to move it or…