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The real beginning - lite edition

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Muhammad Haggag

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Ok, so - for some reason - I feel like introducing myself before I actually start. However, given my jumpy nature, and the fact that time is always passing, I'll make it as quick as possible.

So, who are you?
Muhammad Abdul-Hameed Ahmad Yaseen Haggag Yussof. Feel better now? [grin]
Seriously though, if you'd like to know what that means (and have the time!), just ask.

So, how long have you been on earth?
~21 earth years

I see, and where did you initially land?
Cairo, Egypt

And you're still there?
Yes

So what do you do/study?
I'm a:
- Computer engineering student
- Part-time software developer at MobiDev (Mobile software house) and Optimize (ISV startup)

And what does any of that have to do with GameDev?
Like many people here, game development (specifically, the graphics part of it) is a hobby

So what are you going to be talking about in this journal?
Don't worry, this isn't a diary. So there won't be I-woke-up-and-went-to-work-and-earned-$$$ or I-watched-movie-X-and-liked-it kind of posts. Inshaa-Allah (which means: God-willing) I'll be mainly talking/rambling about, in no particular order:
- DirectX programming (especially Direct3D)
- Software development in general
- Windows software development
- Mobile software development
- C++ resources, tips, tricks and the like
- C\C++ libraries (boost, wxWidgets, ...etc)

That's it for now

But wait, I've got more questions!
Go ahead and ask, either by commenting here, or PMing me, or mailing me at MHaggag@.com
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Alright, I'll be the one to ask. What does Muhammad Abdul-Hameed Ahmad Yaseen Haggag Yussof mean?

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Alright, I'll be the one to ask. What does Muhammad Abdul-Hameed Ahmad Yaseen Haggag Yussof mean?

Owww...a brave soul!
Obviously, you have no idea what you're getting yourself into [grin]. Let the carnage begin:

Muhammad: Someone who has a lot of good qualities

Abdul-Hameed: Let's break this down into its components
- Abd: Servant
- Hameed: Someone who is thanked a lot

So what's this "ul" in-between? It means "The", so "Abdul-Hameed" means "Servant of the one who is thanked a lot". Excellent. Now what is meant by "The one who is thanked a lot"?
In Islam, it's one of the names/nouns used to refer to Allah (God).

Ahmad: Has more good qualities (as in: John is "Ahmad" than Jack)
When stand-alone, it means "Having more good qualities than others"

Yaseen: To make a long story short, I don't know. As far as I know, it's just a name.

Haggag: Someone who pligrmages a lot

Yussof: The equivalent english word is "Joseph". If you know what this means, tell me [smile]

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