Ok, so why 197 Engineering? This guy, my Dad, that's why!.... My Dad has been a huge influence and inspiration throughout my whole life. He is always telling me stories about the good old days of when him and his mates used to have a formula 1 stock car. He was the mechanic on their team and it sounds like they had a blast. Dad has taught me everything I know about engines and motorbikes, and I still learn from him almost every day. He used to run a very successful garage business which I would have loved to taken over, but education and life took me in a different direction (although I can still blame dad for becoming an engineer). When he retired I wanted to carry something on as if he was passing on the family trade. My dad and his stock car racing buddies used to race under the number 197, so that's where it comes from. They also used to be sponsored by Theakstons Old Peculier, but that's another set of stories for another time :D
🤓 See that #V8 ? The universe is still giving me signs that the path I’ve chosen 22 years ago is the right one.
I decided to become a programmer when I was pretty much 10 years old. I was playing DOS games on my father’s computer and I was so curious how they were made that I started digging around how to make my own games, adventure games to be exact. That was before this thing we call internet these days. So I went to our library, found a book about #Basic and started learning how to write stuff in it. My first game was a short text-based adventure game. A few years later, the internet came to my country and I was obsessed with it. The idea of creating pages other people can instantly see was huge. And that was probably the moment when I decided I want to be a web developer. It was a hell of a ride up to this moment. Going from Netscape, IE6, table layouts, tag, Macromedia Flash, jQuery to #Vue . And that’s just the frontend stuff, not mentioning Basic, Pascal, PHP, … lol.
But the most wonderful thing about this is my passion is still the same today as it was 22 years ago. I’m just a bit older, but the passion is the same or perhaps even bigger. Which I’m grateful for. 🙏