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Oscar A.

Oscar has worked for SoftSource since 2020.

Education

Bachelor in Business Administration: Information Systems (BSCS)
Portland State University

Five Questions with Oscar

When did you first start programming and with what language/computer and what did you like the most about this programming experience?

I was introduced to programming in a college Computer Science course using C++, and I was introduced to .Net and C# shortly after I graduated from college. I was asked to learn as much as possible in a short amount time to support a client management system that was developed by a group of consultants. With the support of those consultants and my passion for problem solving I found learning the .Net Framework and C# extremely enjoyable, and I have been developing with C# ever since.

Describe a project you’ve been involved with which you consider to be your greatest success so far. What made it so successful?

Over the last handful of years, I have developed an enterprise web application. I have seen this application grow from simply an idea within a casual conversation to a fully developed application that is out in the wild providing value to customers. This project provided the opportunity to expand and improve all areas of my programming skill set. In addition, the obstacles and setbacks I had to overcome taught me valuable lessons that will serve me well in all my future development endeavors.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?

Success is heavily dependent on communication and your willingness to continue learning. The world of software development is constantly changing and my willingness to learn new frameworks, approaches, and concepts has kept my programming skill set relevant and fresh.

If computers and related technology didn’t exist, what do you think your career would be?

I would have probably tried to become a professional golfer. I would have failed miserably, and my other options would have been an accountant or high school wrestling coach.

When it’s time to turn off the computer, what do you do instead?

I spend time with my family. I workout with my sons and wife, and we all golf together. We enjoy movie and game nights. Occasionally we try a new restaurant or brewery for a meal out. I enjoy watching amateur wrestling, EPL soccer and hockey. Other times you may find me attempting to defeat my sons at their anime fighting games or Mario Kart.

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