While there are many paths to programming, mine has been especially circuitous.
I’m a former model and current programmer.
I wasn’t always a former model. Before I was a former model, I was a fashion model. Before I was a fashion model, I was a punk rocker who ran an indie label. Before I was a punk rocker who ran an indie label I was a punk rocker who was a college student. Before I was a college student, I was a child.
Born in Tripoli, Libya to a French mother and American father, I was raised internationally, graduating from high school in Cairo, Egypt, my classmates voting me prom king, the prom held in the same ballroom where Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin held historic peace talks. I moved to the United States of America to attend university in Austin, Texas, and founded an independent record label before accidentally becoming a model. After my “discovery,” I moved to Europe. For several years, I worked in London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Madrid. If you happened to be in Southern Europe in the 1990s, you might’ve seen my face used to peddle toothpaste. My smile might also have convinced you to open a savings account at a certain bank. Sorry about that. I didn’t care much for modeling and eventually made my way behind the camera, becoming a photographer of minor notoriety.
None of this is relevant to my becoming a programmer, but it makes for a good story.
In 1997, a girlfriend gave me an old laptop that ran Windows 3.1. I used the thing as a fax machine and soon noticed that when I copied information from websites and pasted it into word documents, weird stuff appeared in brackets. A year later, when a friend built a photography website for me, I noticed the same mysterious stuff. I learned that this was called source code, and when my friend was unable to finish the website, I studied these enigmatic symbols, noticed they formed patterns, and, completely unaware of the existence of code editors, finished coding the site in notepad. Miraculously, it worked.
A few years later, an ecommerce company down the street needed a new website. They had a couple of guys building the backend, and hired me to keep the old hard-coded site alive while building the frontend templates for the new site. The site launched, the developers moved on, and I gave myself a crash course in ASP.NET and took over. We branched out with WordPress advertising sites, brought some new brands with sites using PHP, and I just kept learning whatever it was I needed to keep things moving.
Today, I’m a software developer and ecommerce specialist with over 15 years of experience building clean, fast, responsive websites that look great and perform well in all environments. I deliver great work on schedule, care deeply about my work, and delight in the process. A WordPress specialist, I have over 10 years of experience as a WordPress and PHP developer.
I remain a big fan of doing everything in terminal because it looks just like hackers in cheesy 90s movies.
In my spare time, I run ultramarathons.
Download my resume here.