My name is Hasan Civelek.
I was born in 1979, in Rize. I graduated from Karadeniz Technical University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Program in 2001 and Bahcesehir University Information Technologies Master Program in 2018.
I met the computers using a local commercial desktop program in 1993 at my uncle’s shop in Istanbul. There was a young man who was working there and he told me about what programming means in general. I bought a Q-Basic loaded 5.25 floppy disk and a Turkish GW-Basic book from him. Because I didn’t have a computer I wrote my codes in an ordinary notebook for years and draw my screens there also. I have compiled my codes in mind I can say.
I went to the same public computer course twice to get a chance of using computers. I met Windows 3.1 there.
I bought a used computer together with my best friend, which is my childhood friend and also roommate, in 1997 during grade 2 of the university. It was a 486 SX and had an 8xCD-ROM driver. We had bought it from one of our friends.
I wrote a simple text-based game in 9 hours on the first day of having a computer. I lost it at first format.
I started programming Visual Basic and make some little practice on it. I got a chance to get money from one of my programs which I sold it a small political party’s local branch. It was a very small program that was about registering members.
I have started to code a big detailed program about truck schedules for a growing building company, which is a big holding today but I couldn’t finish it. Because I met HTML that year.
We had a common student server at the university. Every student had an account on it. We were connecting to the server from the computer lab. Our computers actually were stupid terminals. One of my school friends taught me what is an HTML file and how can I publish it on my personal account at that student server. I was very excited when I reach the first time to my first HTML page from a different computer over the Internet. I told my long web address to everybody who had an Internet connection. I made a business card that my URL on it. It was http://zigana.ktu.edu.tr/~hcivelek.
HTML was amazing, which is still the same for me. I started learning HTML. I was following some authors in IT magazines. One of them was very important for me. Still so. His name is Dr. Hakki Ocal.
He was living in the US during that time and writing for an IT magazine named Byte Turkiye. We loved him because he was responding to our emails. He was teaching us how to program. Then he started to publish little books about several topics like HTML, PERL, PHP. The books were a gift from the magazine. Many Turkish young people learned a lot of useful information from that books.
I used PERL for my web page at first. Then I started PHP. My first PHP code was a simple counter for my web page. My PHP skills improved after Dr. Hakki Ocal’s PHP books. I said books because it was a three-book serial. Then something happened. Something amazing. I met my future wife at the first book of that PHP series. Yes. My wife’s name and mine, and some other names were on the book. Dr. Hakkı Ocal had used our names as examples. We were kind of his community. This was actually amazing for most of us. And I was wondered who was the girl that the name beside my name. I heard the details directly from Dr. Hakki Ocal after a few months at a computer fair. He had come from the US for the fair. I went to Istanbul to see him. I asked him and he told me who Sahika Tabak was. She was a young, self-educated, talented girl. There wasn’t any picture of her but I was very curious about her. Then she started as a guest author in the same magazine. I saw her picture. She was younger than me. And I fell in love with her.
My personal web page was an online magazine after a while. I called it BT Hayat (It life). I forced my friends from different faculties to write something. I was getting some articles for free from Dr. Hakki Ocal, too. Then I started a picture contest for kids suddenly, which I don’t remember the cause. And I sent an email to Sahika for became a jury member for the contest. She accepted my invitation and that’s how we met.
Long story short, we got married after 6 years of that contest. We are married since 2006 and we have twin boys that are 4 years old.
Now, I’m working for an IT company as a director and a senior PHP developer for over 15 years. Also running my own company Kodventure for two years. We have a project with my cousin Sefa named Kitapi. We are managing and developing it since 2015. It is a free-to-use library management service.
I like PHP, especially the Laravel. I like Vue Js. I used to code Objective-C and Swift and I did some mobile applications but I can’t make time for that for a while. I still like them, though.