Who am I?
My name is Zaid Ajaj, 22 years old and self-taught software engineer working at eSightMonitoring. Currently located in the beautiful city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. I am passionate just about anything that has to do with programming. I was always fascinated by programming languages and how learning one can change the way you think just like natural languages! This is the reason that I have tried and learned many languages from weird Lisps up to abstract Haskell but finally found my sweet spot with F#. At first, I couldn’t build anything useful with F#, all I could write was a couple of functions that churn through numbers but when I got into OSS, I saw the potential: instead of building applications in F#, I could build tools for other developers to make their life easier and this is what I have been doing for the last couple of years. I am author of many F# libraries, both for dotnet and Fable, some of which you might already be using. Recently I have been mainly involved with the Fable community and it’s ecosystem. Went to FableConf as a speaker where I talked about building web apps with Elmish. Recently gave a talk about Fable in Eindhoven here the in Netherlands. You can follow my github or twitter account @zaid-ajaj to see the latest stuff I have been working on.
When I am not programming, I love to go out my friends. Festivals in Nijmegen are simply the best. I have been a mentor for Erasmus and master international students who came to study in Nijmegen. I am an amateur dancer, learning hip-hop and modern jazz. I enjoy playing counter strike when I have some spare time.
Why I’d like to be on the board
My involvement with F# has always been about the community. Whether it is building tools or writing about F#, it is something I will keep doing regardless of these elections. What I hope to accomplish is to become more active in conferences, meetups and generally “spreading the word”. Especially here in the Netherlands where F# isn’t really popular or even known. I believe being part of FSSF will greatly help me do that whether it is on the organisational aspects of things like organizing our own meetups in the Netherlands or the promotional aspects: introducing F# to teams not as a F# “fan boy” but someone who is deeply involved in the community.
Big thank you!
When I first read the message from Reed Copsey about running for this election, I was both very surprised and honored to hear it! I really appreciate all your support. Thanks a lot!