Developer Anas Kashalo

I knew that I would learn a lot here.

In this article, we want to introduce Anas Kashalo, our Developer. When Anas joined our agency as a WordPress Engineer in April 2019, we asked him a few questions to get to know him a little better.

By the way: The Syde Team is 100% remote

This enables us to bring together the best minds in the world in one team. You want to learn more about our way of working and the Syders? Take a look inside Syde!

This is Anas Kashalo

Anas is 35 years old and lives in Warsaw, Poland.

Inpsyde WordPress Engineer Anas Kashalo loves Coffee

What are your hobbies?

I love music, particularly Rock and classical music. I know, they are like exact opposites but somehow both have made it to my favorite music genres. Actually, I kind of regret that I never learned how to play an instrument, especially guitar. I tried, but it didn’t work out. So, I’m not good at making music, but I’m very good at listening. Concerning classic music, I like Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart the most. When it comes to rock music, I prefer classic rock from the 80ties and 90ties like for example Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. I like to go to concerts, too, but unfortunately these days rock music has changed. So, you need to keep going with this change when you want to hear some live music. You know, it’s important to try out new things sometimes.

Sports are very important to me, too. I really enjoy bodybuilding but I don’t train to be good-looking or to become stronger. Sometimes, the whole day is stressed out and I need something as compensation. It’s about to dissipate excess energy.

I’m also very interested in cars. I drive at much as I can. Sometimes, I drive bigger tours, mostly with a very good friend of mine, and see what’s coming up. Also, I like traveling in general. And I love being at airports where I can see so many different kinds of people and different cultures. I like to watch them being busy and try to figure out what they are thinking. I try to analyze them a bit and learn from them.

And of course, technology. That’s why I’m here!

What can you tell about yourself?

I believe nothing is impossible. It is like a rule to me. If I believe that I can do something, I just do it – even if it sometimes sounds crazy. Anybody can do anything. That’s my philosophy. We all are going to live this one life. We need to enjoy this time and do whatever we can and want. Don’t think too much. For example, many people say: I need to live healthier. Even though I’m a bodybuilder, I don’t always stick to a healthy nutrition plan. In my opinion, you need to establish standards in our life that seem good for you. Basically, you need to choose your own way.

My whole life is not like a normal life. Really. Since the moment when I was 16 years old till today, nothing was standard. I just like to do things the opposite way. For example, I learned to develop by myself, just because it is fun. If I want to do something, I often choose the direct way to do it.

Professional Career

I think I was looking for new challenges and interesting experiences from the very beginning. When I was at school, I started my own little business by selling games to my school mates. Honestly, I was not attending the classes as often as I maybe should have. Even so, I had good grades because I just got me the transcripts of the stuff we went through and learned it by myself. As I said before, I like to do things in my own way.

My career started when I was about 15 years old. At this time, I began to learn about computer science by myself because in Syria – where I come from – it was not possible to get an education in this field at this time. I think it was not only this way in Syria but in many countries since computer science was a relatively new field. I just wanted to figure out how hardware and software are working. Later, my first job in the IT field was to do hardware maintenance.

Later, I specialized for 16 years in networking and communication until I reached a point where nothing in this field felt really new for me. So, I searched for new things to learn and started my work as a developer.

When the war started in Syria, I decided that I had to do something. So, I started a small company with a friend in Poland and moved there. Our company sold hardware. Because of some problems, we closed the company in the end. Actually, I am glad that it turned out this way because I never liked to be a salesman, to have to convince people. That was just not my perfect job.

After that, I still stayed in Poland. I live here for four years now and I like it. It is a really nice country. I have my own workspace here with a great view and only about 200 meters from my apartment. It’s important to me to separate my workplace from my home.

Anas’ way to Syde

Actually, working at Syde has been my goal for quite some time. So, when I got the job, it was like an achievement. I knew that I would learn a lot here. I want to take this chance to face new challenges, improve my skills and move from junior developer level to senior level as soon as possible. The team is really great. I totally enjoy working here. By the way: This is my first time working remotely and it feels much better for me than working in a normal office.

Questions to Syder Anas

We asked Anas a few personal questions to give you the chance to learn more about him:

What was the last book you read?

Clean Code. I try to read as much as I can. Mostly about developing, business and marketing.

If you had a superpower, what would that be?

Super-fast learning.

What is on your bucket list?

Too many things. First, I need to create a cleaner internet. And some time, I want to have a Lamborghini and a big house with big speakers!

What do you believe in or what are you convinced of that most people won’t agree with?

It’s kind of tough to say, but for me, everything in life is a lie. Because everything has a hidden story which you cannot see or which isn’t told.

If you found out that your present life is just a dream, would you decide to wake up?

No. I love my life.

What have you been in your previous life?

A musician, maybe? I sometimes really regret that I wasn’t born in the 70ties to witness the 80ties guys. It was the best time for music!

If you could travel through time, which time would you visit first?

The time when Deep Purple played Beethoven on guitar in Germany.

What are you really good at?

My work. I’m really enjoying what I’m doing. I don’t work because I have to but because I want to!

What is the best meal you can cook on your own?

Something with eggs. I’m not really good at cooking. Every time I try, everything gets messed up.

Are you sentimental about some of the things you have?

I really like my car. It’s a Range Rover Sport. I like big cars. From the moment when this model was produced, I immediately wanted it and I think I will keep this car forever.

What would be the slogan of your life?

Information technology.

Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man?

Batman, because he has a great car.

Do you want to join the Syde team?

We are hiring! You can find all the current vacancies on our job page. Take a look!

* Thanks to Krzysztof Kowalik for the photo we used in the header.