to those who are never forgotten and played a very important role through out my career (beside my family members)
hasinur reza topu: we went to school together. i met him again while studying in undergrad and he helped me all the time providing information about latest trends (most of the time out of the box and about gaming, yeah). we spent lots of afternoon together sitting in tea-stalls and discussing to develop something unique. he was definitely one of those who had inspired me a lot. topu is now working as the lead game programmer in game-dev wing in trippertlabs.
mahbub sohag: i met sohag and sunny while working on a bangla translator project in 2001. just after a while i’d found they were just genius. almost all the time they were busy solving complex logical problems and coding their erp in visual basic. yeah, vb was our language those days to make our living. we had done some short projects together and they were just awesome. both sohag and sunny are now working as lecturer in rajshahi university. oh did i mention about my first php book (beginning php by wrox) ? it was a gift from sohag on 2002 🙂
masudur rahman: masud was my roomie in fourth year and one of the very best friends in my undergrad course. and also we had spent lots of sleepless nights together under the open sky. since the first day in my undergrad works, we started our journey together. masud was (he is infact) a great organiser, debater (several times national debate champion) and a very good friend. during the days when i had no computer and money, masud helped me a lot by lending his computer and money. i am grateful to him forever. hats off!
masud is currently working as a specialist in steel structure in a civil engineering firm. and oh i forgot, he and his friend dipak brought me the book “php4 bible”
jitendranath roy: jiten da was totally out of the box and a genius one. he was from mechanical 94 and helped me a lot to understand SQL. he was a SQL guru. jiten da was a VB magician and always helped me to understand problems from inside. he is currently working as a phd student in a japanese university (i forgot the name, sorry, they are always too hard to remember) holding a scholarship on mechanical engineering.
emran hossain: another soulmate, emran bhai was from 95 batch mechanical. he was a network specialist and almost all the time spent his time configuring hardware. he was known as the network-guru in ruet. emran bhai was the man who helped everyone with a cute smile on his face. beside networking, emran bhai was a fan of java. after graduation, emran bhai currently working he sets up his own air-conditioner frenchise company. emran bhai bought a nice pajero few months ago 🙂 (hats off to you guru, i never forgot how had you helped me with your java and networking skills in those old days)
faisal: faisal is also from mechanical 97 and he was my partner in all the evil-genius type works. heh heh, we together wrote a trojan in those old days which attacked lots of machine in our LAN and created some annoyance (like shutting down monitor, opening cd tray and closing it continuously) and displayed some annoying messages. faisal was my partner in most of these evil works. he is currently working as an executive engineer in novo pharmaceuticals. well, faisal was a linux guru that time and helped me a lot to adopt it 🙂 – and he is the one who crashed my HDD while setting up RH7 in 2001. heh heh
golam sarwar: he is mainly my brother in law and a senior chemical engineer in karnaphuli paper mill. he gifted me a nice programmable calculator after hist visit in norway in 1995. that calculator was a nice thing those days for numerical analysis. and he is the one who always inspired me about programing 🙂
towfiq ul alam: towfiq bhai is also my brother in law and si the first one in our family who bought a computer in 99. it is his machine where i learned visual basic and spent most of the time those days. he is currently serving as a specialist in radiology
kazi khairul anam aka kki: kki sir took our electronics-I and II in my first year undergrad course. and he always inspired us about being someone to help others. kki sir was a big hit in ruet and he was a genius. so how did he played his role in my career? he liked me very much and just for improving my numerical analysis skill, he often flooded me with complex problems on numerical analysis (mainly multi dimensional equations using matrix). i solved most of those in fortran or visual basic (for better input). hats off to him. kki sir is currently working as head of the department of eee in IUT.
rashidul hasan suhel: he was my mentor in 2003. he helped me getting my first official job and employed me in his company (systech digital) in 2003. suhel bhai helped me to learn flash that time and also the one who inspired my works on localization. beside that, suhel bhai is the one who gifted me my first laptop. suhel bhai is still in systech digital. hats off to you, guru
omi azad: here comes the mugambo, one of my very best friends. he holds 5 times successive MVP award from microsoft and is a guru in localization. we met together in 2000 in a mail thread (about bangla unicode) in bios forum. later we both found that we have similar interest on localization. he is a very good project manager, an empathetic friend in need. we have worked in many localized projects together and released all of them under open source licenses from ekushey dot org.
beside his vast knowledge in localization, omi is a great fan of gadgets and a hardware guru himself 🙂 – he helped me buying my first macbook in 2007.
arild klokkerhaug: my mentor in 2005. arild is my employer and ceo of somewherein. during my two years in somewherein, arild helped me to learn how to be more productive, how to always evaluate the passion and most of all, how to build colorful moments for clients. i like this guy very much for his incredible help to change my view on career. hats off!
arild is still leading somewherein and also managing escenic bangladesh.
ashikuzzaman fahim: this is the one whom i mention as my “all time guru”. i met with ashik bhai in 2001 in some java related threads in a forum. ashik bhai was a java guru and setup the first java group in bangladesh. he is the one who helped us arranging our workshops and seminars in different universities. beside his skill in java, ashik bhai holds international ranking in chess. ashik bhai helped me understand xml and xsl those days and also inspired me to learn java.
ashik bhai is currently working as a sr software engineer in salesforce.
nur hasan md tanveer: here comes another genius who has played a very important role in my career. i met hasan in 2002 in a php forum ( he was working on curl that time and i was stuck) and later we met face to face in 2003 in systech digital. hasan is someone who never cares about programming languages ( which means he can code in anything virtually). i have never seen someone who can learn new technologies so fast! – hasan practices software engineering most of his time. he is currently working as a CTO in somewherein and coding in ruby.
hasan and we were key speakers together in many workshops and seminars. he is also a scrum master.
omar al zabir misho: misho was mainly a child prodigy in bangladesh and started programming since his early days in school. he wrote excellent articles in different IT magazines and i was the collector. He was always a whizkid to me. We met face to face in 2005 in a get together of our phpexperts forum. And then we also worked together in somewherein for a year. Later misho found pageflakes which was a world wide hit and for almost a year, i have worked with him in pageflakes.
misho also played a very important role in career being a target to reach. and while working with him in somewherein and pageflakes – I learned lots of scalability techniques.
oh btw, i’ve also learned how to write project spec from him – he is just a guru in writing specifications 😀
anupom syam: anupom helped me getting my job in trippertlabs and later this job helped me change my career in a total different track. anupom is a nice guy who practices software engineering most of his time and wrote a book on cake php. currently anupom is leading the local branch of trippert labs here in bangladesh
i will update this post with other names very soon. but i must include another name who inspired me all the time – she is also from mechanical 97 batch and my wife, ayesha.
see you guys around and thanks a lot for the roles u played in my life.