I started my professional career as a Web designer and developer in 2003.
Back then, there was no Gmail, no YouTube, and no Twitter; Facebook was in its infancy, and Yahoo still had a red logo with a bunch of blue links on its landing page.
Many technologies we use today, like Ajax, various JS/CSS/PHP frameworks and Single-Page web applications were not common yet. The web was much less complicated and in other words, the web was still in its basic and primitive state.
I saw the web growing with new technologies, becoming rich and fully feathered as it currently is. I've seen how and why several technologies and websites rise and fall. I dealt with different programming methods and saw how using abstract layers, MVC architecture and design patterns help code reusability, scalability, and maintainability.
This experience helped me learn how the basic units of web work, how to deal with the end user to gain more attention and make them feel satisfied with the services they receive. It also helped me get adapted to the new tools and and understand the principal concepts of the new technologies as they got introduced to the industry.
I'm really passionate about building new and cool stuff. When I create such things, I'm the first one who enjoys the awesomeness of the product and I get a kick out of it everytime I see them enjoying the result.