My full name is Pedro Mateus Tavares Leocádio, I’m a young (20, haha) brazillian programmer graduated on an Internet Systems college degree and currently living in a peaceful city in the north-eastern region of Brazil called João Pessoa.
I started web developing early in 2009. After being taught the basics of HTML, I quickly looked for a server-side programming language to have more fun with, and so I got hold of some PHP slides and started messing with it. Later in 2009 I got my first internship as a PHP programmer, where I developed my first OO application, it was a simple CRUD but was something I was proud of. I then moved to another company, this time a bigger one here in my city, where I was exposed some PHP code that was a bit more organized than what I had developed. It wasn’t a bad job, but I soon got bored of doing the same thing over and over again and knew I could go for more. With what I learned, I developed a small CMS (which is not that bad), threw in a free template and launched my first website (for my mom ;D).
That’s when I saw a Ruby on Rails internship opportunity on an e-mail list. I had been exposed to Ruby in an open source meeting before, and even took some lessons on rubylearning.org, but left it aside due to college work. I knew it was a powerful technology and that Rails was also huge, so I just threw my stable (but boring) career as a PHP programmer away and dived into Rails. This turned out to be the best thing I’ve done in my life so far. Aside from the opportunity to learn something new, I gained a fantastic mentor who’s been pointing me to the right direction in my career ever since I got the chance to work with him.
I now jump between full-time contract jobs and consultancy work as a Rails developer for various U.S. based companies and even started my own Rails project that I recently launched. If I’m lucky enough, who knows, I might be calling myself an entrepeneur in the future, haha.