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Smashing Magazine:
Person of the Week

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I started reading and getting inspired by the excellent content of Smashing Magazine over 12 years ago, even before I started college. It was a dream to get published and featured at this site as a teenager.

πŸŽ–οΈ Today, I woke up to a tweet by SmashingMagazine and learned that I am featured on the homepage as a “Person of the Week“. I’m humbled beyond expression. Perfect start of the year.

Ahmad Awais 2020-01-07 Smashing Magazine Person of the Week

It’s an absolute honor to be considered and featured on Smashing Magazine. Earlier my work has been featured in different forms like the wallpaper I designed and my open-source software libraries that were written about. I am also a small part of Smashing Magazine’s Experts Panel, where I help review content. But today’s feature is special for me.

I also love the fact that they chose to specify my open source work instead of everything else I do. Open source is a cause super close to my heart. I am a huge advocate of learning by open-sourcing code. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has helped me be what I am today.

A significant amount of software released today relies on different open-source software. If you’re a young aspiring software engineer, my advice to you is to invest some time in helping out the open-source community.

Well, that’s about it. I want to thank everyone at Smashing Magazine for making my week (may as well be the year). Keep smashing!

Peace! ✌️

I help businesses understand developers πŸ“Ÿ Just launched Node.js CLI Automation Course πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« Edutainer at VSCode.pro 🎩 An award-winning GitHub Star open-source engineer & advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert Web DevRel 🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead ✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide ⓦ WordPress Core Developer πŸ“£ TEDx Speaker πŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade πŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Learn more β†’

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