Hi there. My name is Marcelo Sarquis and in this first post I’ll try to tell a bit about my history, why I’ve decided to start a new blog, what is my goal with it and what can you expect about my posts.
1. My history
I was born in Brazil, in a small town close to São Paulo, however, I’ve spent most of my childhood and young life living in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. Nowadays, after a few years, I live in Germany now and that’s where home is. I have an Electrical Engineering degree (same as the old Diploma in Germany) from Federal University of Parana, in Brazil, with a one-year scholarship at Leibniz Universität Hannover, in Germany. The first four years of my professional career I’ve been working for the energy sector mainly developing and managing projects around Europe, and after a turn of events, I’ve decided to follow my entrepreneurship’s heart and focus my career into software engineering.
2. Why have I started this blog?
Software is, and always has been, one of the biggest passions of my life. The power of Software making deep changes in people’s lives with just a few lines of code (actually telling the computer/smartphone/tablet what to do) fascinates me and I’ve decided to focus my entire life into it. Together the knowledge acquired at the university (Java, C, PHP), I have self-learned some new programming languages (Objective-C, Swift, VBA, HTML, Java-Script) in order to better understand the technology behind it and as a result, build a better app. Learning software is a great tool for life because it follows the same pattern.
Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, should learn a computer language because it teaches you how to think. It’s like going to law school. I don’t think anybody should be a lawyer, but going to law school can actually be useful because it teaches you how to think in a certain way… I view computer science as a liberal art.Steve Jobs
3. What is my goal here?
I actually have two goals with this blog.
First, I believe that we are able to make a significant change in the world when we follow our dreams, our passions, and our heart; however, I do know that getting to that stage is not easy. You will have to start from scratch. I have started from scratch and I know how hard it is to close a successful future that you don’t love and follow your heart into the unknown. Allowing myself to share my story, my successes, and failures, I believe I can help convince other people to do the same: follow your heart and make a change in this world, even if “this world” means one person.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Marianne Williamson
Second, I believe it’s a great way of showing my open source projects, allowing clients to decide by themselves either I’m the right person to develop their project or not. I like to think the say way Avis ser their slogan in the old days: “Avis is No. 2 in rent cars, but we try harder”. We are not the first and most successful software company in Germany, but we do work hard. We have launched some apps with extremely successful returns and we couldn’t be more proud of it.
4. What can you expect about my posts
The blog posts will show how I do approach and solve problems and how you could implement that on your projects. All my projects you will find on my blog has MIT license.
Thank you for the time and see you soon!