It’s not you, it’s me – time for a break JavaScript


Starting with June 2014, when I decided I want to create websites and apps, HTML and CSS have been part of my daily life.
The same, more or less, with JavaScript (expect 3 months when I played a little with Ruby).

I don’t consider myself a JavaScript programmer. I know a bunch of things and I created some really fun stuff with it, but this is all.

The whole JavaScript environment: libraries, frameworks, people around, etc., is full of crap. And for someone learning (or trying to learn) is overwhelming and maybe even a little depressing.
It feels really good to step aside from this.

Leaving aside JavaScript, I really like the design part, especially UX. And I hope that someday I will have the opportunity to explore it a little more. I will stop using Free Code Camp and also I will stop working on the Android course.
For now I think I will focus for a while on data analytics.

I started playing with Python, doing the tutorials from Codecademy (I’m at 80%) and next up is Learn Python the Hard Way.
Hopefully I will also move from web design to data analytics and this will allow me to concentrate on one thing. I don’t know where this will go and what will follow, we will see.

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My wishes for 2017

I think it is a good idea to write your wishes and at the end of the year reflect on what happen, how everything influenced you and how you evolved as a person.

So here is my list for 2017:

  • get married – not necessarily a wish, but an important step for both me and Iarina;
  • visit a new country;
  • move to another country – already working on this; I hope we will achieve this in 2017, if not maybe in 2018;
  • get to read at least 50 books;
  • raise our savings to 20% from our income;
  • learn to play an instrument;
  • work on this blog and write weekly on it.

Most of these depend only on me and are achievable. Will check in 12 months how it went.New year

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Next 6 months plan

I had a few blog posts on the old website and I decided to move them here as they were. Originally written on May 11, 2016.

A lot of things had happened since my last blog entry, I’ve been really busy with work/learning/and some other stuff. I saw 2 new countries, finished a web development bootcamp, played with some new things and a few great things in my personal life.

Currently I fell a little burned out. Tomorrow I will soon celebrate 1 year in Allianz so I spent the last days thinking about what happened in the last year and what I want to do in the months that will follow.

Pretty soon I will launch 2 projects. I worked a few months on them and I will enjoy seeing them online. After this I will take a break from my front end freelance “career”. Right now I don’t know how long this would take by I feel I need it.

Now, what I wish for the next 6 months. I want to write more and hope to publish around 1-2 articles each month here. I have a long list of books I want to read. They are over 60 and I don’t think I will finish all of them this year. Another thing I want to do is improve my design skills, theoretical and practical. In my free time, programming will be on the second place for now, at least for a while.

More details will follow in my next blog posts.


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“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” – 3 months later

I had a few blog posts on the old website and I decided to move them here as they were. Originally written on August 16, 2015.

There have been 3 months from when I wrote the first part to this (“Stay Hungry, StayFoolish”) and I didn’t even knew there will be more than one part.
A lot had happened since then and I hope a lot more will from now one, maybe I will even write a third part to this.

When I quitted my job I didn’t really had a plan, just needed a break. But still I though it would be a good idea to start applying to jobs, since I would have needed a job eventually. But it went better than expected and I was pretty astonished to get so many calls, and more than a few from some big companies. Initially I was thinking I should have a little vacation, for at least a few weeks, maybe a month.
But it only lasted a week.

I got the opportunity to meet a lot of great people from a lot of big companies and it was a nice experience, even though I really don’t like interviewing.
In the end I decided to accept the offer from Allianz, they offered me a position as a web designer. It came as a surprise since I started learning HTML and CSS just a year before getting the job. But they decided I was the right man and I said yes.
Even the recruitment process was really fast. On Monday I had the first interview and two tests (coding and design), got also the second interview at Allianz in the same day. On Tuesday I had the third interview, on Friday I was already signing the papers.

It was great until now, but of course I always want more. So I started a few days ago to learn JavaScript. I knew some, worked with it (especially jQuery), but I decided I should know more.
So in the next period, JavaScript and Angular.
Maybe in a few month I will get pretty decent.

As a last few words .. it works. Risk, put yourself out there and you’ll get what you want sooner or later.

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“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

I had a few blog posts on the old website and I decided to move them here as they were. Originally written on May 3, 2015.

A few weeks ago I decided it was the time for me to leave the company I worked for in the last 3 years. Had a lot of reasons to do so and I really think it is the right decision.

Now I’m taking a break for a few days/weeks. Checking new opportunities, going to some interviews but I’m not really in a hurry to find a new job.

I want to concentrate more on web development, got some projects I want to launch pretty soon. Some books I want to finish. Maybe I will even start drawing again. I should also repair the bathroom door. In 2 weeks I’m running in OMV Petrom Bucharest Halfmarathon 2015 (the popular race, but still, I need some practice).

So, a lot of things to do and I’m sure good times are coming.

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Instead of “Hello World”

My name is Hello World - Gabriel MergeaGabriel Mergea, I’m an (almost) 30 year old dude.

Currently I’m working as a Web Designer at Allianz. I’m passionate about economy, technology, genetics and sociology.

I have experience in design, web development, marketing, project management, product management and sales.
Now I’m trying my hand at blogging. For a full bio you can visit my LinkedIn.

I was born and raised in Targu Jiu, but now I live in Bucharest.

I’m still setting up the blog (adding/removing things), so bare with me until I’m done.

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