My interest in computers began in 1990, when my cousin got the Commodore 64. I was spending days at his place, playing Commando while he was listening to "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins :-)
During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995) I bought a SHARP PC-1403 calculator on the local market. It had a small keyboard and BASIC interpreter and I wrote my first "few-liner" program on it. After the war I started learning DOS 6.22 on a 386 machine with 4 Megs of RAM and played with QBASIC + BATCH scripts. In 1997 I got a chance to harness "the power" of Pentium at 133 MHz with 16 MB RAM and Windows 95 installed, and my real programming journey was about to begin.
I started with Turbo Pascal, because I liked the ability to compile a self-contained executable (unlike QBASIC interpreter). Next natural step was to switch to Delphi, which became the main tool in my toolbelt.
In 2006 I started transition to .NET and C#. Ability to use same programming language, same libraries, and to apply same skills while developing desktop as well as web applications, was what attracted me to it. I fully embraced .NET, which is still my primary software development technology stack.
In pursuit of more expressiveness in programming languages I was attracted to functional programming. My functional programming language of choice since 2014 is F#, but I'm interested in other functional programming languages as well, especially the ones with strong static type systems.
Starting 2017 I moved my focus to Blockchain, DevOps and Cloud (AWS).
Although I was always very interested in software development, my official education was focused on business and finance. I studied economics and in 2003 I have begun working as a purchaser in metal constructions manufacturing company. After short period of time I moved to another company to work as logistics manager. I have also worked in sales department at the third company.
I gained invaluable experience and had very good results in those positions but I didn't enjoy the job and my thoughts were always focused on software development. I was often programming small tools to help me do the job, and that was more fun than doing actual job using them. Therefore, I decided to pursue a career in professional software development and never looked back :-)