Joining Booking.com

After spending 3 years in Dubai and working at 2 different startups there, and after having worked at 5 different startups since I started working, I decided it’s time for me to move up and faraway from Dubai and startups, I started looking for jobs at big companies, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and got into a couple of interviews, and in the end I chose to go with Booking.com and I will be joining their team starting December 2014 as an IT Developer!

Joining Booking.com opens great doors for me, meeting new people, very talented people, working in a stable organization, working on big systems with huge traffic, trying new technologies (like programming with Perl), and so many more!

I have relocated from Dubai to Amsterdam and thanks to Booking.com Global Mobility Team the relocation was super smooth, and I’m happily settled down now in Amsterdam!

Hopefully I will have more free time so 2015 will have some new projects and posts!

Collaborative Software Development with SVN Lecture

Today I gave a lecture in my faculty about “Collaborative Software Development with SVN”, it was prepared and set by the collaboration of iCommunity, Syrian Computer Society and Damascus University.

The lecture included the following points:

  1. A Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish
  2. iCommunity Introduction
  3. Introduction
  4. Problem Definition
  5. Introducing Version Control System
  6. Definitions
  7. How it works
  8. Introducing SVN
  9. How to SVN:
    1. Hosting Projects.
    2. Local Servers.
    3. Installing TortoiseSVN.
    4. Basic Operations
    5. Advanced Operations.
  10. Conclusion

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Bring Down IE6

I have copied the following post from this site.

Discover the mission

The premise is simple: Internet Explorer 6 is antiquated, doesn’t support key web standards, and should be phased out. This isn’t about being anti-Microsoft, it’s about Microsoft’s lack of development in the browser market. With IE7/8 not available for Windows 2000, IE6 accounts for up to 20% of web usage, primarily via business users. Clients pressure designers to ‘force’ sites to work in IE6, and designers, not wanting to lose business, comply, using hacks and workarounds. This wastes time and money. Microsoft needs to fix this, designers need to unite, and we all need to move on.

Read the article

In our article, ‘Calling time on IE6’, we ask designers and developers if it’s finally time to take IE6 behind the shed and shoot it. Major names in the web industry debate our mission, talking about the pros and cons behind dumping IE6. How feasible is it to shun the browser entirely? What can you do to minimise the impact IE6 has on you and your clients (and increasingly tight budgets)? And what can and should Microsoft do to help us all move the web and web standards on? Find out by reading the article, or just ‘skip to the end’ by looking to the right and getting involved.
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iCommunity FOSS 09

I mentioned many times before that I was planning to make a workshop about Free Open Source Software (FOSS) in Damascus, and thankfully I did 🙂

The Idea

The idea was to spread the culture of FOSS between the interested people here in Damascus.
What I noticed was that almost 99% of computer science students didn’t know what Free Software is and what Open Source software is!
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FOSS Workshop

Hello, if you don’t know already, I’m a Computer Science student from Damascus University Syria.

My friends and I are working on an Open Source Free Software workshop here at the faculty of Computer Science, the workshop will take place on February 2009, but we are gathering some resources and information from now.

The workshop will have lectures about Open Source, Free Software, Licenses, Open Source Free alternative for Commercial Proprietary software, and of course Linux OS.

The workshop will also contain an Installation Festival where we are going to install Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex for students on their devices and teach them how to use it.

I’m gonna put some questions here and I’ll ask you to answer it, whether you own an Open Source company or you work for one.

I’m neither a journalist nor an analyst seeker, but I want some answers from you to introduce you the way you want to students, please don’t waste this message because I’m not a journalist,  we want to spread the culture of Free Open Source Software here between students and contributing to the workshop would be very kind of you.

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