Usman Akhtar

Meet Usman! He is a developer who knows both front-end and back-end technology.  Usman is a fun-loving guy as well and there’s not much he can’t do with code.  In this installment of Behind The Coding Usman explains why he is interested in getting off the grid, his relationship with his University friends and a secret technology he knows that his Computan colleagues never ask him about. 


Hi Usman! What are the last 3 things you Googled and why? 

Hi Sajeel.  I Googled about 3 kw solar panels. 

Solar panels.  Why? 

With electricity costs rising I feel solar panels are the way of the future.  It is also very climate-friendly. 

How much have you saved by going solar? 

Quite a lot! Probably 20-30% in electricity costs annually. 

That’s great! What else have you Googled? 

I am going to treat myself to a laptop. 

Oh nice! So you have been Googling about that?  

Yeah, for personal use.  An i7 8th Generation with 16 GB RAM.  I am really looking forward to it!   

That is a supercomputer. 

Yeah, it is 😊. 

When was the last time you worked after hours to solve a hard problem? 

About a year ago, on a problem, we divided the circle and triangle into an nth number of equal parts. an nth number of values is given by the user. Users can give the value 10, 100,1000, or anything else.  It was a lot of effort for me but thankfully got through it. 

Who are 3 people you'd like to have dinner with at the same time, and why?   

My University friends – are Alif, Asad, and Yassir.  2 are developers like me, and 1 is a Chartered Accountant. 

What makes meeting your University friends so unique? 

We meet up once a month.  Last month we met at the zoo.    

Who else would you eat with? 

Huzaifa Arain.  

Ah! Your colleague at Computan.  Why Huzaifa Arain? 

Basically, to read his mind.  He is hardcore about learning and learns a lot. 

Have you talked to him before? 

Actually, not too often! But I would love to meet him. 

We will arrange for that. When was the last time you cried tears of laughter? 
I do it every month with my University friends. We have so much fun together.    

What do you love about coding? 

It’s my first love.  I love to solve problems. My wife is my second love 😊.   
Where were you when you first saw a laptop/desktop? 

I was 14 years old.  I didn’t know what it was, but then I learned it was a computer. I played games, but I don’t remember which one! But it was an online game. 

What is something your teammates don't know about you? 

They know nothing about me.  They don’t know that I am a WP dev too.   

Really? Front-end or backend?  

I can build custom themes.  Not into page builders or anything.  I like to custom WordPress theme development.