Hi, my name is Harold Javier. I am an independent Microsoft .NET trainer, developer, and resource speaker from the Philippines. I give trainings, workshops, and seminars on topics about Microsoft's ASP.NET, C#, LINQ, and HTML5.
I have years of professional and teaching experiences in the field of Information Technology (IT) and Mathematics. I used to teach at some top-notch IT and engineering schools in the Philippines like Mapua Institute of Technology and AMA. I began writing Microsoft .NET applications in 2007 as a challenge to develop a .NET-based intranet application (from scratch) as a sole developer for a start-up Business Process Outsource (BPO) company. Since then, I developed several .NET applications either as a hobby or as an independent (freelance) developer for numerous clients in the Philippines and overseas.
Training students and professionals is my real passion. I started giving trainings and seminars on topics about Information Technology, particularly Networking Technology and Web Development, in 2004. I had a privilege to train students, faculty members, and IT staffs from some leading IT and engineering schools in the Philippines, either as an IT lecturer or as an IT resource speaker.
In 2011, I received a small token from a government-owned IT school as the Most Proficient IT Instructor for topping the proficiency test and evaluation given to all IT instructors in the institute. The said school was built in 2008 to give quality education to thousands of poor and disadvantaged high school graduates and learn IT skills through scholarship program awarded by the city government to deserving students. I truly appreciate that simple recognition from the school that helped me become a better trainer and mentor.
I was a former Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Specialist of the United Nations (UN) Volunteers Programme in the Philippines. Actually, I was one of the pioneers of the UNV-Cisco ICT Program in the Philippines (sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.) with the mission to promote the value of ICT in our country through the use of ICT Learning Program and to collaborate with other agencies in eliminating issues of gender equality in IT. This great experience helped me to truly understand how to fill the gap between the industry requirements and the academia in terms of relevant training. And it made me realize how much both our students and professionals need proper trainings from someone with valuable experience from two different worlds.
My primary work day consists of writing software programs, developing .NET applications, blogging, consulting, teaching, mentoring, and training IT students and/or professionals, and giving talks and seminars to schools and colleges. I also maintain a blog "dot Net From Manila", where I share my experiences and solutions to some common problems we experience almost everyday as Microsoft .NET developer. I live in Las Piñas City, Philippines with my lovely wife, Lany, together with our pretty and smart daughter, Helen.
For the majority of my software and web development career, I have worked for myself. I founded a start-up company, MITXpress Solutions, in 2007 right after I successfully developed and deployed my first .NET-based intranet application for a BPO company and made a small amount of money to start my first ad(venture). At first, MITXpress was involved in developing web applications using ASP.NET, C#, and VB.NET for numerous small to medium-sized businesses. In 2008, I made a raw decision for entering the retail business and selling of various computer-related products in the province of Occidental Mindoro. It's one of the unforgettable event in my life as an entrepreneur. Two years later since I started the company, I was forced to shutdown the retail business because I couldn't afford to maintain its operation for several reasons. But through this experience, I became better and smarter entrepreneur.
In 2012, I led a group of .NET developers in creating a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software from the ground up for a small-sized company in Quezon City, Philippines. In January 2013, just two months after we launched the software, the company became an accredited software development partner of one of the largest telecommunications company in the Philippines.
As Microsoft .NET developer, I had a privilege to develop several web applications such as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, an intranet monitoring system for a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) company, an online sales inventory for a Korean products distributor, an intranet accounting system for a cooperative, an online review portal for a nursing review center, and several websites for online classified ads and real estate.
My education has been comprised of both classroom experiences through top engineering school, as well as through trainings, seminars and conferences. I graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) from Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila City, Philippines in 2002. I am a licensed Electronics and Communications Engineer and one of the pioneers of Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP) at MIT in year 2000.