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The pain of moving

There are only few things in life which are as painful, annoying, energy and time consuming as moving, yes, shifting places is a pain in the... you know. There are a lot of unknowns and that baffles me: new rent, new neighborhood, am I going to like it? is it …

Work at a company that puts people first

Work at a company that puts people first

The title says it all, easier said than done right? the truth is that it takes a lot of time for some people (and not so long for some others) to find a place where they feel welcomed and belonging, it's a quite cool feeling when people appreciate you and …

Which languages should I learn?

Which languages should I learn?

There are millions of articles and blog posts out there trying to tell you what to learn next or which language or technologies are worth your attention, things like Top 10 programming languages or Learn one of these languages and you'll be done with some statistics about language popularity but …

Engage!

Engage!

I was playing with my daughter the other day, I had work to do but I take breaks every now and then to pay attention and play or watch some episode of her favorite cartoons on Netflix as I mentioned on a previous article. So, I was waiting for the …

Bye bye dubizzle, hello Careem!

Bye bye dubizzle, hello Careem!

I've been quiet for the last two months, I was a bit busy switching jobs, yes, after more than three years I decided to leave dubizzle, part of the OLX group and one of the biggest brands here in the United Arab Emirates, for reasons I won't discuss in this …

We always evolve

We always evolve

I've been going through code I wrote about two or maybe three years ago while cleaning up my working directory and archiving old stuff and, I must say: what the hell did I have in my head by that time?, for real, there are things that are over-engineered, very complicated …

PyConPL 2017

Two of my personal goals for this year were:

1.- To speak at a local meetup here in Dubai

2.- To speak at a bigger conference, anywhere

Thanks to my wife, who is always supporting me much more than I support her, I could do both, first one was at …

Working at dubizzle

Working at dubizzle

About 4 years ago I got an email through StackOverflow Careers from a woman called Claudia Verlinden, a very nice Belgian lady who happened to be an HR Manager at a company in the middle east and she was looking for Software Engineers with experience in Python and django, so …

PyCon: Challenge Accepted

Everyone who has known me long enough, knows that I'm a huge fan of Python programming language, for several reasons, ease of use, ease of learning, the huge amount of libraries, frameworks and packages in general available in PyPI, it's not perfect but it has become my tool of choice …

Reflexión del día que me fui del país

Bueno, no se si estoy intenso ya con el tema de las reflexiones pero esta será la última al menos por un buen tiempo, lo que ocurre es que hace poco conseguí un par de escritos que pensé que había perdido cuando formateé la computadora acá en Dubai apenas llegué …

Hi! I'm Israel

I'm an experienced software engineer and tech lead. I've designed system architectures and also managed implementations at dubizzle (OLX) and at my own startup previously. I'm currently a Senior Software Engineer at Careem (Uber), one of the top tech companies in the Middle East.