This is my personal blog, wherein I muse about my experiences as a software engineer. I try to discuss and describe different tech related topics with my own perspective. I also want to post about the things I learn when possible, every bits and pieces that I can think of.

Hopefully I can write regularly or at least once a month. Happy reading!


  • What’s with the special characters “&++”?
    It’s just a sudden thought in my head, it’s a dumb “translation” of the word encounter.

  • Will you be updating regularly?
    Hopefully, yes.


I prefer to be tool agnostic but here’s a list of the ones I usually use.

Text/Code EditorBack then I was a Sublime fan but since a lot of powerful plugins for VSCode came, I made the switch. For my VSCode settings, you can check this.

Update (2021): I’m still currently in the process of learning Vim as an alternative to VSCode for software development. You can clone my personal Vim settings here.

Command LineIf you’re a developer who owns a Windows machine, Hyper is the go-to CLI that I’d recommend to you. I use it as a container to Git Bash.

Update (2021): I switched platforms multiple times from Linux Ubuntu 18.04 in a dual-boot setup into a Linux PC with a fully installed Manjaro XFCE environment then when the pandemic hit I had to use my personal computer so I went with a WSL2 + Ubuntu 20.04 setup, that being said I’m currently working with Windows Terminal + Oh My Zsh configuration on top of Zsh as my command interpreter. I can’t find the use for Hyper and Git Bash anymore since I can work in Linux most of the time even in a Windows machine.

For writing drafts and/or markdown previewThis was a quick pickup, I love writing in markdown format and it has a great preview feature.

A place to keep my configurations and notesMy memory’s not that good so I needed a place to dump my notes and configurations, Github’s Gist is my current go-to.

Web Based Version Control PlatformFor side projects, Github is king. At work, we use Gitlab because of its free unlimited private repositories.

Update: After transferring to a new role and company, I now use Github most of the time. Especially after the free private repository update.

Password ManagerI don’t really like the use of password managers (I’m a privacy freak) but here’s the one I’m using when I need to.

MessagingCurrently, I’m used to Facebook’s Messenger app but I’d like to make a switch to Telegram. In addition, for work and tech community chatting, there’s Slack.

Update (2021): I still use Facebook’s Messenger from time to time but me and my close friends switched to Discord during the pandemic and it’s working like a charm for us right now. Doing a voice call is easy as a snap and we can discuss about different topics and keep them in their respective channels without being confused.

Let’s connect!

Email: nardparagas@gmail.com
LinkedIn: John Bernard Paragas
Twitter: @nards_paragas
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