We continue the interviews with the people behind Modex, the brains who bring you innovative blockchain-based products and services. Ionut Vladu, Engineering Manager, shares some insights about what it takes to become a programmer / developer, how will the demand for developers evolve and where is the blockchain industry heading in the near future.

Our 34-year old colleague has been passionate about technology ever since he was a kid. “I consider myself lucky to have owned a computer since childhood. I was fascinated by the first computer games (for instance, Prince of Persia) and I wanted to understand how the game was built. I think that was the trigger for my interest in computer science.” 

A Javascript fan 

Passionate about technology and curious to find out more about the inner workings, Ionut went on to study computer science during high school, after which he studied at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies – Faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics. “I have been working in this field for 12 years (having started in 2008) and I have been involved in many complex projects. My interests lie particularly in front-end web development, mainly using Javascript.”

We wanted to find out what skills are required for someone passionate about tech who wants to become a developer. “I think the most important skills are logical thinking and analytical thinking. For those new to the field, there are now many resources available and the learning process is a lot easier than 10-15 years ago. At the moment I have even started a mentoring program and I am helping some friends in the learning process. I have discovered a lot of interesting resources, such as visual programming languages (Scratch). These can help you develop your programming skills without writing code, everything is visual. Summing it up, I do think that all you really need are passion and perseverance”, states Vladu.

Development of Modex BCDB

Ionut joined Modex, the blockchain database company, in March, but has known some of his colleagues for a very long time. “At Modex, the work environment is very pleasant, the team is young and everybody here is a dedicated professional. There is a good balance between work and personal life. I’m happy to say that my colleagues are also my friends!” At Modex, Ionut made good use of his experience and worked on the development of Modex’s BCDB (Blockchain Database) flagship product and different tools for BCDB (Workbench, Graphql), as well as on other projects that use BCDB (healthcare industry apps, a voting platform – eConsultare.ro). 

“Speaking about Modex’s products and services, BCDB is my favorite one, as it’s the project in which I was very involved and from which I had a lot to learn, especially about blockchain technologies”, says Ionut. “If you ask me which professional achievement I am most proud of, it’s very difficult to choose just one. What comes to mind now is LiveCMS, which forms part of Edge Connect platform. LiveCMS is a content management system platform started from scratch, with a lot of technological challenges, which is now being used by reputable banks. However, there are many other projects I’m very proud of, and BCDB is also among my favourites.”

Growing demand for developers

Our colleague believes that the demand for developers will continue to grow. “Many areas will move towards technology and the current context of the pandemic will also speed things up. As the demand for programmers is higher than the supply, I think that many people will seek to re-profile and re-skill themselves towards the tech area.” How about the blockchain industry? Where will it be in 5 years’ time? Ionut weighs in on this topic: “In the near future, I think there will be a progressive adoption in the blockchain area, especially in the context where many will still be working from home. Data immutability, security and integrity are very important these days. I even expect to see an implementation of a government blockchain-based voting system. I think we’ll witness a much bigger adoption and many will understand that cryptocurrencies are just a use case of blockchain. I’m certain we will see many more applications based on blockchain in the coming years”, concludes Vladu.

Our star in the big tech community world

Ionut is a well-known developer in the big tech communities where he became known, thanks to his skills and experience, for helping others with valuable advice. Therefore, we’ve asked our colleague how important is – for a developer – to also be part of a big tech community like Stack Overflow or Github. Does this help on the professional level or only on the personal one, gaining more insights from the industry? “Tech communities are really important if you want to evolve very quickly and keep yourself up to date with the latest industry news. I have learned many things by being very active on Stackoverflow. Helping others puts you in unique situations that you would not have encountered otherwise. For young developers, I recommend them to join a dev community and even participate in open source projects, as these can be incredibly useful in their development.”

About Modex

Modex, the blockchain database company, innovates thanks to its incredible team of experts and offers services for the entire blockchain technology ecosystem. Modex’s mission is to spread and facilitate the adoption of blockchain into society and to solve real-world problems using this revolutionary technology. Modex BCDB is a middleware that fuses a blockchain with a database to create a structure that is easy to use and understand by developers with no prior knowledge in blockchain development. As a result, any developer who knows how to work with a database system can operate with our solution, without needing to change their programming style or learn blockchain. For enterprises, Modex BCDB translates into enhanced data security, secure data sharing, streamlining of operations, and protection against cyberattacks.