Hi, I'm Alastair Paragas

I'm a Full-Stack Software Engineer, capable of developing front-end, server-side and systems-level software using the following technologies:

PHP - a high-level general utility programming language that excels for server-side OOP-based software development.

What am I doing?

I currently work at Apple (at Cupertino, CA), in the Apple Media Products - Analytics Engineering Org Add me on LinkedIn

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About Me

I started programming in Freshman Year of High School, when I got my first personal computer (April 2010). I immediately was mesmerized and got into building graphical desktop apps with Visual Basic.

During my Sophomore Year, I started developing websites and web apps with PHP, Javascript, HTML and CSS and using the same web technologies, along with Apache Cordova, to make hybrid mobile apps. I developed a flash game portal website - My Right To Play, similar to NewGrounds and FreeOnlineGames (FOG), hosting only high-quality flash games along with my friend's own built Adobe Flash games. Junior Year of High School, I balanced between redesigning MRTP multiple times along with developing Game Sanctuary's website, backend and mobile app (Game Sanctuary was a family business we developed that directly competed against GameFly's business model). Senior Year of High School, I entered and won engineering competitions for open-source software development, technological debate, web design and mobile app development.

My College years were at first, disappointing but turned highly enjoyable. As I had to redefine who I was from a person who sought external validation to a person who powered through internal inspiration, I was able to turn my grim first years of personal questioning in College to a highly enjoyable experience. Part of this experience is amassing as much programming as I can on my free time - investing in improving my ugly PHP code skills during Freshman year, learning Javascript, the NodeJS ecosystem and various libraries/frameworks like Angular my Sophomore Year and picking up intensive Database and Big Data/Software architecture scaling principles as well as best application practices in Python on my Junior Year. In my classes, I was able to pickup Java, C, F# and Prolog, applying some of them even in my own personal projects. Nowadays, I am bent on picking up Haskell.

I have also come to lose 90 pounds within 4 months back in May 2012-September 2012 through a rigorous commitment to exercise and eating right. It was a core experience that has helped define my personality to today.