Youn Elan, code weaver at large
Youness El Andaloussi
 Senior CSM/CSPO Software Developer
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At a glance

Lamp Developer

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • PHP/ Python

PythonPython Development

  • SQLAlchemy, pymongo
  • Django, Flask, Bottle
  • paramiko, urllib, multiprocessing
  • nosetests,pylint,pep 8

Agile/Scrum

  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Certified Product Owner
  • Experience as Scrum Developer
  • Software Development

    • SDLC
    • Waterfall cycle
    • Stakeholder management
    • Requirements, Design documents

    Team Development

    • GIT, Subversion
    • Vagrant, Fabric
    • Jenkins
    • Jira, Liquidplanner, Bugzilla

    Scaling

    • Query optimization
    • Distributed systems
    • Socket programming

    Custom Linux Distributions

    • Writing installers
    • Anaconda Customization
    • ISO customization

    Cloud & Virtualization

    • AWS
    • Azure
    • ESXI
    • KVM

    PHP Development

    • Object Oriented
    • MVC With code igniter
    • DB with MySQLi
    • E-Commerce

    Web Pages

    Nosql

    • Mongodb Mongodb
    • Cassandra
    • Map/Reduce

    Network Monitoring

    • EM7
    • Nagios
    • SNMP
    • Custom development

    CMS

    • Drupal
    • Wordpress
    • Custom Made CMS

    Coldfusion to PHP

    • MS SQL to MySQL
    • Cold Fusion to Wordpress
    • Cold Fusion to pure PHP PHP

    MySQL Databases

    • Database Administration
    • Query Writing and optimization
    • Replication, Galera
    • Procedures, Joins, Views, Triggers

    Linux Admin

    • Install & Configuration
    • Shell Scripts
    • Cron Jobs
    • Command Line interface

    Apache Admin

    • Server Configuration
    • .htaccess rules
    • SSL Certificates & DNI
    • Problem troubleshooting

    Platforms

    • Redhat/Centos
    • Debian/Ubuntu
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    Social Media
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    Ten ways that could be hurting your success

    1. Not improving - Be the best you can be. The biggest obstacle to getting ahead will be yourself. Whatever your field is, you should strive to constantly improve, become a better version of yourself and acquire the skills that help you get to the next level. This applies whether you are at the bottom of the hierachy... all the way to CEO.
    2. Doing the minimum - Do the best you can do. It can be tempting to do the minimum, do exactly what you are told but one way to get ahead is think one step further... If there is one thing that can make you work smarter, do it. If you can get better results by going the extra mile, make it happen. If your current boss/company does not see any added value, someone else will.
    3. Wanting to do too much - Avoid waste. This may seem to contradict the previous item but it is very different. There are times when doing too much is wasting precious resources and it won't make a difference. For example, if all your electric needs are covered by one solar panel, installing 20 is a waste of resources, especially if you have no way of storing the extra energy. Also, if you are approaching a task that is too complex, you are more likely to procrastinate
    4. Not planning - Think ahead. One common reason I have seen to forego planning is because you get less flexibility in your life. Arguably, you get more flexibility in doing what you want if you plan ahead of time. Even if at the last minute, you decide you want to change plans you have the option to do so. However, there are times, when under pressure, it is difficult to see the road ahead. Having a roadmap helps you optimize your efforts, be more confident in getting to where you want to go.
    5. Complaining too much - We all have met that person who keeps complaining no matter what happens. Even assuming they win the lottery, they are going to whine that their whole previous life is ruined... don't be that person. As the saying goes, it is to be an optimist and be wrong than pessimistic and be right" ... it does not change the events but you can certainly change the way you react to them.
    6. Blaming others - If you screw up, own it and find ways to improve. There is a joke that goes a guy is driving on 495 and hears on the radio "We interrupt this broadcast to warn everyone there is a madman going in the wrong direction"... the guy turns off the radio and shrugs, "pff, they are all going in the wrong direction." There are times where you will need to open your eyes and do a reality check.
    7. Have confidence in yourself - Again, this might seem like the opposite of the previous bullet point... but it is different: You need a healthy dose of self esteem, enough willpower to conquer obstacles and persist until you get through the difficult parts. The first person who hired Elvis for a concert told him he would never break through... the same goes for the Beatles, Michael Jordan, and countless others. Walt Disney was even fired for a lack of imagination. Be confident in yourself, your capabilities and show people what you are really worth
    8. Not asking for help - Swallow your pride and reach out if necessary. We all want to look good in front of others, we all want others to only see us succeed but failure is part of success. It is ok not to know something and many times, the others who have had the same problems before you will be happy to share their experience, help you avoid their mistakes. Even if you are on the right track, you may actually get to where you want to be faster.
    9. Have no empathy - We've all heard it at least once, "nice people finish last" and though there is such a thing as being too nice if you let people step on you, that does not mean that you have to be ruthless to get ahead. As a matter of fact, there is a study by google that the teams are the ones where people being nice and feel safe. Be kind to one another... if not to help others, at least to help yourself. Empower others and zest greatness... it feels good to spread positive vibes.
    10. Think big - No matter how low you are, no matter what obstacles, no matter how difficult things are... Think big, aim for the moon... who knows, you may reach it. Even if you don't, all the changes that you will have to undergo to get there will undubitably make you a better person. Even if you reach your goal only partially, it can still be a succes
    Fun Fact
    It helps to look ahead and visualize where you want to be. A year from now, what would you have wished you did today?
    When a door closes, at least another opens... the problem is we focus too much on the first door to see the others open
    When they ask me what I do, I say whatever it takes. You have to be willing to go the extra mile on your path to success
    A record company told the Beatles they were no good, they sounded old & boys band were a thing of the past. Persist, do something awesome
    Discipline is the bridge between goals and success - Jim Rohn
    To excel is not a destination but a constant voyage - Brian Tracy
    Proceed as if success is unavoidable. A lot of our limitations exist only in our minds
    Before being an entertainment mogul, Walt Disney was fired for a lack of imagination. Persisting always yields results
    One of Edison's teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. A healthy self esteem is key for success
    Henry Ford went bankrupt 5 times before he succeeded. Never let failure discourage you
    The first person who hired Elvis Presley as a singer fired him the first night, recommending he give up music for a different profession
    One of Einstein's teachers said he was a lost case, too slow and stuck in unrealistic dreams. Never let someone else's opinion let you down
    Tolstoy failed university. They told him he was not capable of learning. Never let failure stop you on the road to success
    When he started, studios told Charlie Chaplin what he did was nonsense. With persistence, a legend was born
    Leonardo de Vinci has never been to school. Always respect knowledge but remember success is not limited to degrees
    One of Bethoven's professors told him he was a pathetic composer. He proved him wrong even if he was deaf
    Be passionate, always. Even if Van Gogh only sold one painting while alive (to his sister), he painted over 800 paintings
    Never push back to tomorrow what can be done today
    Who risks nothing, begets nothing. Sometimes, taking a calculated risk at the right moment makes all the difference
    The best way to predict the future is to invent it - Richard Bandler
    As your self esteem improves, your performance increases too - Zick Ziglar
    What drowns people is not the jump itself but staying under water does - Paolo Cuelho
    With enough persistence, nothing is impossible. Wherever there is a will, there is always a way
    Petit à petit l'oiseau fait son nid. Rien n'arrive du jour au lendemain et persister permet d'arriver à ses fins
    There is only one way to fail, give up before succeeding - Olivier Lockert
    Do not be afraid of being slow, be afraid only to be at a standstill - Chinese proverb
    The word chance is synonym to tenacity of goals - Ralf Waldo Emmerson
    Today is the first day of the rest of your life, a brand new chance to excel. It is never too late to be what you might have been.
    No one can know what they really capable of until they try
    No extraordinary person complains about the lack of opportunities
    Never be afraid of failure. If you want to double your success rate, you have to double your failure rate - Brian Tracy
    If 'O' stands for Opportunity, it's absent in 'yesterday', once in 'tOday', thrice in 'tOmOrrOw'. There's always opportunities waiting tomorrow.
    It is not the number times we fall that matters, it is the number we get back up... because in the end what matter is that we are standing
    After how many times should a baby trying to walk give up? Obviously none. Giving up is not a trait we are born with - Anthony Robbins
    It is better late than never... and it is never too late to be what you might have been
    To be strong cant be equated with physical force but it is more about having a never failing willpower - Ghandi
    No obstacle is unsolvable. It is about dividing each difficulty int as many subdivisions necessary to succeed - Descartes
    The best way to start is to stop talking and start doing - Walt Disney
    Always remember that all those at the top all started and the bottom and persisted until they got their way
    It is nice to have what you want... but meanwhile, always remember to want what you have
    More often than not, we are limited by our attitude and not by the opportunities that come to us
    It is the little details that make a huge difference. Going the extra mile and making an extra effort change everything - Mark Tway
    To have a list of goals is key in life... otherwise how will you ever know you got to where you want to be?
    Failure is the foundation of success and it is by failing that we build - Lao Tzu
    Many times, the one who tries to do too much ends up doing very little - make priorities, focus and get things done - Italian proverb
    The past is behind use, future is very unpredictable. That is why it is important to focus on the present
    Be at peace with yourself... if you can't trust yourself, why would others do it?
    A list of goals that is not written down is like a wishlist
    To succeed, it is key to have alist of goals and remember that for everything there is a cost... and it is not always money
    Obstacles are these horrible things in life that we see when we get our eyes off of our goals
    The best opportunities in life go to those who make sure that things get done while owning up to their responsibilities - Napoleon Hill
    Time is more precious than gold. We can always get more money but wasted time can never be gotten back
    Do not attempt to do too many things. The best way to get many things done is to focus on one thing at the time - Mozart
    Life is a never ending cycle that keeps repeating - every time is an opportunity to fix previous mistakes you made and do things differently