Hello, my name is Faris. I was born in Bandung on 9th December 1993. I'm a software engineer and currently working for Xtremax Indonesia.
I'm passionately in love with software engineering because there are so many challenges in building a software with the best quality. I have
a dream to contribute to my nation, Indonesia, through technology. I want to use my skills and knowledge to increase the
Indonesian people's welfare. As a software engineer, I'm very happy when people use a software that I built and they feel helped by it. I also
love to share my knowledge and I usually wrote them on my blog. I'm open if you want me to
share my knowledge to you privately or if you want me to be a speaker at your event. Just contact me via the email below. I will gladly
accept it if I think I have enough knowledge about the topic :)
The first time I was interested in the IT world is when I was in junior high school. I was a gamer and played lot of games. One day, I played a game
called Little Fighter 2. I really wanted to use a character which is the villain king in that game, but by default, that character is not available to choose.
I was curious and ended up going to the installation folder and open the files which can be opened by notepad LOL. I edited some files which I thought may
have an impact to the game and then I restarted the game. And BOOM, I can use the character that I wanted haha. I was very happy and I thought that I was
successfully "hacking" the game XD
The next thing that made me became more interested in IT world is when I have an internet connection at home. I remember it was 2009. At that time, I also went to vocational high school
and took the Computer and Network Engineering major. I started my blog in 2009 and learn HTML & CSS because of it. I didn't know that there were
many free templates available for Blogger. So, I modified the default template by myself haha. At school, I got many knowledge and skills about computer and networking.
I learn the components of a PC and then I can assemble a PC. I learned to set up a local area network (LAN) and also wide area network (WAN). I also tried many operating systems besides Windows,
such as Free BSD, Mikrotik, and many linux distros. I remember I even made my laptop quad boot by using Windows, Ubuntu, Slackware, and Backtrack. I did it on purpose, of course.
I spent my 4 years in school using Linux. Most of the material are about networking. I remember I learned about IP, Netmask/Genmask, supernetting, subnetting, routing, building
a DNS server, Proxy server, Mail server, etc. I honestly like them all but then I realize that these are not really my thing. I'm more into a software engineering rather than this
networking or IT infrastructure things. So, after I finished the school, I decided not to looking for a job. I wanted to go to college.
In August 2013, I started my study at Bandung State Polytechnic (Polban). I took the Informatics major. In there, I learned all about software engineering
from the very basic. At first, programming is not easy for me but eventually I'm getting used to it and getting better and
better. I spent 4 years at Polban and those years are my most productive years ever. I got sooo many new knowledge and skills from my great
lecturers. I learned about many programming paradigms, study about data model (with SQL and NoSQL), analyze & design a software, dealing with
distributed environment, and so many other things. I'm very grateful that I was given a chance studied there. In 2017, I graduated from
Polban and unexpectedly, I received the honor as the best graduate in engineering. I really didn't expect to get that honor but I'm very happy,
of course. This is my greatest achievement in my life until today :)
Aside from software engineering, I love sports, especially football. Until junior highschool, I still wanted to become a professional
football player. But after I went to vocational highschool, I became more realistic haha. I ended up just making football as my hobby, not to
be my profession. I have a dream to watch a world cup match live in the stadium. Hopefully someday I can make it true. Aamiin.
I also have an interest in music. I love playing guitar and singing. Some of my friends said that I have a good voice.
They suggest me to become a professional singer but I don't want to. I think I'm not good enough to become a professional singer and
also I love software engineering more than music because I think I can make a greater positive impact to other people if I become a
software engineer than a musician. I always remember these words "Khairunnas anfa'uhum linnas" which means
"The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind". Those words got stuck into
my head since the first time I hear about it. It is written on my organization jacket when I was in vocational highschool. I'll never forget it.
I have a motto, "There's nothing you can't do if you mean it". So, when I feel down, I try to remember my motto and
get up. I'm not a genius. I've been meeting some people who are smarter than me or considered as a genius. When they can do something, I believe
I can do it too. The difference is that maybe they can do it faster than me. I'm not feeling inferior to them. I just have to try and learn two times,
three times, or four times harder than them. The result would be the same or even better. So my message to you guys (and also myself),
Don't give up on your dreams! Find your passion, define your goals, and work as hard as you can to achieve that goals. Even if you don't reach
your goals yet, trust me, you'll get an important lesson. Just keep learning and trying :)