Osman Khalid is a front-end, WordPress, and UI expert on the Computan team. He knows the ins and outs of WordPress and is a fine markup developer. In today’s Behind The Coding post, Osman dishes on his favourite video games, what he does in his spare time and why he'd love to have dinner with a religious person and an atheist.
Hi Osman! How are you?
I am good thanks, Sajeel…how are you?
Good thanks. Ready to go?
Ok, what are the last 3 things you Googled and why?
1 – PS4 controller to connect to my Android phone
To play Call of Duty on my Android using the PSA4 controller instead of tapping the screen.
Ok, what else?
The second thing I Googled was Blender animations
What are Blender animations?
I actually like to do 3D modeling in my spare time. In my spare time, I’m trying to learn animations in Blender.
You have coded games as well right? I mean using Unity.
Yeah, I did once, but that is different than 3D modeling. I am trying to get better at 3D modeling!
What else are you Googling?
Something else that I’m trying to get better at hahaha.
Ok! What is it?
I’m trying to learn Ethical Hacking techniques and I figured the first step in that is to get Termux. This way I can run Linux packages on my Android device.
So no Googling for TV, movies, or anything like that at all?
Hahaha! I guess not today. These were just the last 3 things. Maybe there will be other things if we dig deeper.
Ok fair enough! When was the last time you worked late to solve a hard problem?
It was on a ReactJS project. Actually, I love to stay up late and solve things in ReactJS. It was a mapping application for one of the hospitals. Setting up different views for different users,
What do you mean by staying late?
I mean whenever I’m doing ReactJS jobs I can never leave my seat. It’s like an addictive game for me!
Interesting! Ok, who are the 3 people you’d like to have dinner with and why?
One Javed Ahmed Ghamidi who is a religious scholar, a friend who’s an atheist (Soufiyan), and one of my mentors – Umer.
That’s an interesting group…why?
It would be interesting to hear their thoughts and opinions on different ways the world works.
I get the idea of how listening to a religious person breaking bread would with an atheist be interesting to some. Where does your friend/mentor fit in?
He’s someone who has traveled the world and has his own views of things also. I would be really curious to see how these 3 people interact with one another. Could be fun.
Could be pretty intense too!
Hahaha yes very true.
Don’t you find that difficult? Like understanding an atheist and a religious person?
What do you mean?
Like generally people who are really spiritual or religious tend to congregate among themselves and people who are not really spiritual or religious tend to congregate among themselves.
That’s true. I guess I am somewhere in the middle of both so I can relate to both of them. More importantly, I would find it entertaining to watch them discuss things hahaha.
When was the last time you cried tears of laughter?
Probably last August during a friend’s wedding function. Maybe a few days before the wedding we had a pre-wedding get-together. Many old friends got together, reminisced about old times, and laughed for hours.
What do you love about coding?
Coding gives me an understanding of nature.
What do you mean by that? When I think of nature I think of forests, trees, mountains, etc. I don’t think of a black screen with lines of code on it.
Everything is coding. Take global warming…we pollute the environment, and the environment returns rising temperatures and melting polar ice caps.
Interesting! So you love coding for the cause and effect relationship of things.
Exactly. I love understanding that when I do something that something else happens. This constant idea of doing something and seeing something happen makes me love my craft and also helps me understand the world.
Where were you when you first saw a computer/laptop?
I was 7 or 8 years old. I had a Pentium 3
What did you do?
Played movies and games. I don’t remember what movies, but the game I played was Tomb Raider. What was the first movie you downloaded?
Mine? Probably the Matrix.
Ah! The Matrix. I saw that on a VCR.
What are some things your teammates don’t know about you?
My teammates don’t know much about me. I’m generally a pretty guarded person. That’s it really.
That’s it? What else? Do you have any talents or superpowers?
I think everyone has a talent or superpower. Do you know about the X-Men?
Of course I know about the X-Men! What’s your unique ability? Do you have the power to shoot optic blasts from your ruby quartz visor like Cyclops? Or shape-shift like Mystique?
Hahaha! I guess I am more like Charles Xavier. A mind-reader who relates well to people!