Hello, my name is Adnan Halilovic, and I’m writing from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A beautiful country with many mountains, lakes, and rivers, almost as if it were Heaven.
My life narrative begins here, where I was born in the 1990s.
I began my schooling in two elementary schools at the same time as a child with a wide range of skills (yes, two at once).
The first was an official primary school, and the second was a primary musical school, where I was playing accordion, which I continue to do today.
We know what comes next after primary school: secondary/high school.
I picked Sarajevo’s High School for Electricians because I have a strong interest in computers and technology, as well as electronics. Everything was the same for all departments for the first two years, and we had to choose a department at the start of the third. I went with the
Computers, Electronics and Automatization department, which, in my opinion, was a great choice.
- Because I’ve learned a lot about electronics and automation processes, which will come in handy at this time. IoT and AI technology, in particular.
- I understand how computers work, so I can fix anything and take advantage of IoT benefits at home, such as smart thermostats, lighting, and other devices.
When it came time for university, I chose a pretty fantastic university that I truly loved. – Faculty of information technologies I learned the fundamentals of computer programming in C++ there, which was the finest possible start for me, and I presume for everyone else because you’re simply working with computer logic and putting programs in the console.
Despite the fact that they were teaching us computer science, they made us write our tests on blank sheets of paper. – Very astute. You must understand what each letter of code does without the aid of compilers, debuggers, linters, and other tools. This was fantastic terrain!
But things aren’t always as good as they appear.., why? – I received a job offer that transformed my life both professionally and educationally.
There my career as a student stopped, at the part of the first year of the university, when I decided to drop out. (I do not encourage you to do the same.)
Not due to a lack of interest, but rather due to a lack of time and a large number of duties at the job.
I’ve invested a lot of time in my informal education, and I’m continuing to do so today because it allows me to study and be ‘in the loop’ whenever I have free time.
- IT AcademyAs a PHP web developer, I completed a year of training at the IT Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. Where I also had the opportunity to attend a number of excellent lectures, work on real-world projects, and speak with ‘industry insiders.’During my time at IT Academy, I was also certified as a Mikrotik MTCNA.
- Google Adwords certified I became quite interested in internet marketing and everything related to it at one point, and I even launched an online marketing company. I completed all instructional components at Google AdWords Academy and received my first Google credential – Google Adwords Expert.
- CPE (Center for business education)Because my native language is Bosnian, and I also speak Serbian, Croatian, and a little Slovenian and Macedonian, I needed to acquire English to interact outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result, I completed C1 Level Business English
- Cambridge Institute (B2 Level) certification.
- Online Courses I watch and study a lot of courses and books on a daily basis. Amazon, Udemy, Youtube, Podcasts, and more are just a few of the options.
- Conferences I went to a number of conferences all throughout Europe, but I’ll highlight a few that I thought very intriguing :
- DMEXCO – Cologne, Germany
- SMM – Hamburg, Germany
- Offshore Energy Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- SparkMe – Bar, Montenegro
- Meetups and startups in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina…
On November 15th, 2022 I started working as a Senior Software Developer at Allianz Technology GmBh, Vienna, Austria.
Some of the responsibilities are developing and maintaining in-house solution software for the insurance industry worldwide.
Ministry of Programming
After three rounds of interviews, I was hired as a Software Developer at the Ministry of Programming.
I also spent a few months working on Nordic Angels Network, where I implemented chat features on the web application.
It’s also worth noting that this role was my first foray into the Fintech industry, having previously produced software solutions for the transportation industry.
This is the stack I’m working on:
- Node.js (Developing APIs, communicating with external real-time services, sockets)
- Angular.js (v1)…
I applied for this position while working at my former employer, just to see what was going on in the world around me, as I had been ‘stuck’ in the same spot for over ten years. I had a couple interviews and was offered the position.
I was working as a Team Lead Developer in a fast-paced setting because I have extensive experience in both development and team leadership. (I haven’t mentioned it, but I’ve worked for a number of Multi Level Marketing organizations and have hundreds of people in my network.)
My responsibilities were as follows:
- Managing a team of Web developers
- Providing support for the software we provided
- Assisting and evaluating job applications
- Developing software using the most up-to-date technology and trends
This is what happened when I mentioned dropping out of university. A friend of mine called me and said:
“Hey, do you want to work? What do you know about WordPress and other things?”
I get a job at Navingo B.V. as an IT guy working on a lot of interesting projects who later grew up into a web developer.
My responsibilities were:
- I started out in journalism, writing stories about the naval industry…
- IT and Technical Support
- Web Development using Angular, as well as other technologies
- Creating web solutions for the team of journalists.
- Leading a team of young developers and students
- Coordinating development of company’s web portals: OffshoreEnergyNews, NavalToday, OffshoreWind.biz, DredgingToday, TidalEnergy…
After accumulating a great deal of expertise over the past ten years of hard work and attending events all across Europe, I decided to leave and start working for a new company as a Senior Software Developer.
- Angular.js (< v2)
- Angular (> v.2)
- Angular Material Design
- HUGO (Go Lang based)
- Jekyll (Ruby based)
- Git (on Gitlab, Github)
The projects I usually work on, are CRM and SaaS solutions, which I am not able to present here. But, you can visit my presentation site AdnanHalilovic.com where you can take a look at what I did in the way of HTML/SCSS/JS and design skills, and you can also check the website you are reading right now.
I will mention a few:
A database for children with special health care needs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Database architecture and design (MySQL)
- Backend development (NodeJS)
- Frontend development (ReactJS)
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