2018—The Year in Review

Let’s talk about 2018. This happens to be my first year in review. I am reflecting on my past year, not only to share with others but more importantly to keep a track for myself. I want to be able to weigh and evaluate myself in the future, to know where I come from and how far I have come. With that said, let’s start with the review. ✌

🤔 An Year to Remember

2018 was a great year for me. I got to learn and experience a lot, which has certainly made me more capable than I was before. A lot of things changed this year, my life took a new turn. So much so that 2018 will always remain one of the most significant years of my life.

🙇‍♀️ A Busy One

In the first two quarters of this year, I was as busy as a beaver. With high school graduation and entrance tests of universities at hand, there were a lot of things on my plate. There was a lot of grinding and hustling, but it was all worth it. 😀

University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

🙌 I Started University

Yes, the most important thing that happened in 2018, was the start of university life. I have always had an enthusiasm for software, and with that in mind, I applied to a bunch of top tier universities of the country. They included UET, FAST, ITU, COMSATS, NUST, IST and more. Alhumdulilah, I was blessed enough to be selected in all of them. 🙌

I weighed the pros and cons of each university and just chose what suited me the best. I knew that what matters in computer science are your own skills. So I got into the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore. I am enrolled in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, and I’m pretty happy with my decision.


Like now, I was trying to learn as much as possible in 2018. WordPress remained in my focus. I learned the development of themes and coded a few plugins as well. It was a demanding learning curve, but I will recommend it for every beginner developer trying to find a medium to start from.


Another target in 2018 was to get a grasp on JavaScript. I took Brian Holt‘s course on FrontEndMasters which was an introduction to Web Development. It covered HTML, CSS and more importantly JavaScript which I was interested in. As a beginner in JavaScript, it helped a lot and gave me the start I just needed.


Next up, I decided to learn React.js, and that is what I am doing these days, hoping to cover it soon. I am taking a couple of awesome React courses on EggHead.io and FrontEndMasters (including one from B.Holt, again). In other news, my tweet got mentioned in their website. 😍

🤷‍♂️ I Switched to Linux

After messing around for some time with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), I figured that it was the need of time to switch to Linux. I am getting used to Linux, and so far I love it. Although WSL is promising and Windows 10 has improved many things, but it still needs more refinement IMO. 👀

🗣 Meetups

In October, I attended a Git and JAMstack conference by TheDevCouple team called TheOpenDevCon which went great. I wrote about it here. Give it a read.
In 2018, I completed my second Hacktoberfest challenge which is always fun.🙃

TheOpenDevCon 2018

That is it from 2018. I am positive about 2019 being a decisively successful year for me. Fingers crossed! 🤞

  1. 💯 Keep it up, Bilal.

    ✅ I’ve been thoroughly impressed by your progress so far. Just be more consistent if you can be and be incessantly curious about the world around you!

    You’re going to be second-guessed for the living, it comes with the territory. Be prepared for that. Expect that you have to try out different things. Computer science is a vast field. You don’t know what you’re good at till you’ve tasted a couple of things.

    Enjoy your time in university. Empathy is important. Work on it among other things. And take care of your dang health. 🤣

    Peace! ✌️

    1. Thank you for your kind wishes and advice! 😊

      🙌 It wouldn’t have been possible without your guidance and help at each step.

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