My name is Hildeberto Mendonça and I’m currently managing a team of programmers on the development of core business applications for the Université catholique de Louvain. I’m also busy with the architecture of the systems, coaching the team in Java, Python, object-oriented and functional programming, as well as planning releases and shipping them.
I have accumulated experience on software architecture since 2010 with constant programming hands-on to master the principles and practices of software development in order to offer technical value for the team. Sometimes, I do not hesitate to fulfill the role of programmer whenever the team needs a hand.
I have a Ph.D in applied sciences on the field of electrical engineering. I took this degree as a challenge, which I achieved with great honor, but I’ve decided to follow a different path to pursuit my passion for programming. The reason was simple: research has a long time to market cycle and I wanted to solve real world problems in a daily basis, feel myself useful as frequently as possible. But research gave me three abilities that I’m proud of:
- resilience - I don’t quit, I have no fear, I do not hesitate. My Ph.D was one of the hardest things I ever did. Everything else seems easy to deal with, which explains my permanent state of optimism.
- reading and writing - I’ve read and wrote so much that I feel immense pleasure during my reading and writing sessions. By the way, I strongly disagree with a statement in the agile manifesto that says: “Working software over comprehensive documentation”. You don’t use any library without documentation, do you?
- problem solving oriented - problems are what keep me motivated. When solutions come, and they always come, I fulfill my need of being useful for others. Part of the solution for every problem is to influence our peers to feel the same.
Last, but not least, I love swimming! That’s my sport, the one that I spent years practicing when I was a kid and changed my life recently, when I decided to resume it after 20 years, leaving behind a sedentary life weighing 103kg to a healthier and stronger one with 15kg less. So, next time you ask me “How are you doing?” and I tell you “Everything is great!” you will know I’m telling you the truth, no matter the circumstances.