Recorder Alone Kvant Мy name is Dzianis Kotau. I'm Zend Certified PHP Engineer. My long-term curiosity with computers began in the mid-90s, when my parents bought our first computer for me and my brother. It was ZX-Spectrum. We uploaded games using cassette recorder. The memory could contain only a single game. Sometimes it would boot for up to 15 minutes and not always successfully. And power surges could ruin several hours of gaming. But still it was great.

LAN At the same time, I began to get involved in programming and began to write games on Basic for my ZX-Spectrum. It was a wonderful time. Then there were Pascal at school and C/C++/Assembler at the university. In 2004, on my second year at the university, I created a home network in my apartment building, connecting several apartments. Phone cables are still there, laid in the attics and floors until this day. In the same year, I connected that network to the Global Electronics provider and began to work with them.

cod2 I was an administrator assistant of Gaming Resources. And after administrator left for a competitor company, I was offered a position of Team Lead of internal entertainment resources. So, for the first time I seriously began to engage in administration and programming and received a small but satisfactory payment as a student. The work included design and implementation of game resources, media resources, chats, forums, sites. This is an incomplete list of what I worked with (installation, configuration and development):

  • Gentoo Linux
  • Apache,
  • Nginx
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • World of WarCraft
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Call of Duty 5
  • Team Fortress
  • Lineage
  • Jabber
  • DC++
  • Torrent

Takeover At this time, I began seriously learning PHP, getting involved in web development and system administration. Working with provider company in my student years had put a solid foundation for my IT future. But after university hard times came. The provider company was taken over by a larger market player who did not care about the system that my team and I created. Resources were destroyed and I left the provider company. I had to work for 2 years on railway after graduation due to mandatory working assignment from university. These two years were difficult. There were no prospects, salary was low, working conditions were depressing, and the requirements were overstated. After 2 years, I eagerly discontinued the contract and sent my resume to IBA-Gomel. I got invitation to the company after interview with HR, a computer test for knowledge of PHP and English and personal conversation with the CEO.

IBA-Gomel Since August 2010 I have been collaborating with IBA-Gomel. Over the years, I took part in several interesting projects at IBM France, IBM USA and Berlin Bus. I grew from a developer to an Application Architect. My current technologies are:

  • PHP
  • JS
  • Symfony
  • Laravel
  • NodeJS
  • Linux
  • DB2
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQLite
  • Microservices
  • Cloud
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • Jira
  • Jenkins
  • CI/CD
  • git
  • PHPStorm

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About Me
Dzianis Kotau

Мy name is Dzianis Kotau. I'm Software Architect and Zend Certified PHP Engineer. I'm PHP evangelist and loved in it.