More About Sam

Q: Who are you?

A: My name is Sam Yong. Yong is my family name. I am currently a full-time Computer Science student at National University of Singapore. Since I was 11 years old, I started learning programming and computing hardware. I specialize in software design, development and analysis, especially in server and web technologies. I am also an archer with a Hoyt GMX riser.

Q: How do I contact you?

A: I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and be contacted via email. Below is my QRCode with vCard embedded.:

Sam-Mauris Yong vCard QR Code


Q: So what do you do?

A: I am a software developer. With over 10 years of experience, I do web development, software engineering, IT consultancy and data design. On and off I take up freelance development work and do it on my own. On my free time, I contribute to open source and by helping to answer questions on Stack Overflow.

I am also trained in graphical and user-interface design. Some of my design and digital art work can be found on deviantART.

The Facebook Redesign Project by ~Hellclanner on deviantART

Q: What kind of posts do you write on this blog?

A: Anything that comes to my mind. I write on current affairs, environmental issues, social problems, new ideas, varying perspective to a topic and many more. Time to time I also write responses to questions posed to me, or letters people have written. I like to give alternative perspectives to widen people’s views on topics.

Q: How did you start programming at the age of 11 years old?

A: When I was young, I wondered how programs and applications work on computers. I understood that programs are launched on Windows via .exe files. I soon started opening these .exe application files with notepad and got a whole chunk of gibberish text. Examining carefully at the gibberish text, I realised that they were instructions for the computer to run the program. So I started exploring and soon after got my hands on Turbo Pascal. My path for Information Technology set off.

1 Comment

  1. JRashton

    Hey Sam, I just read your blog and it’s detailed and inspiring. However I have some enquiries regarding NS men and some stuff on programming and web designs.

    NS Matters

    1) If my highest qualification is my O levels, is it guaranteed that I will be a mono intake? I mean do they look at test scores or education qualitification?

    2) If I’m in the mono intake will I still have a chance to go to command schools/officer schools? Or will I get overseas experiences? I mean I wouldn’t want to just stay at the same place doing the same things for over 2 years. I don’t know. Are those also determined by qualifications or test results?

    3) Difference between Normal Intakes and Mono Intakes.
    Is any of which inferior to one another? Will I get the same opportunities as the normal intakes? I mean I wish to be an elite, or someone useful, and learn something, you know what I mean? My question is will I have the same chance to be the best as the normal intakes?

    4) Will I have a chance to stay out if I’m mono intake? After BMT of course. I would like to have some time to study and improve myself, I plan to learn web designs and programming actually, and I just want to improve myself over those 2 years, and not just waiting for time to pass. If I can’t stay out, can I bring a laptop to the army and is there internet there? I just need to use the computer to study.

    5) Are the mono intakes mostly all the bad influences or you know those hokkien beng or something like that, (from your personal experience).

    6) Is there a difference in the time served in the army of the two intakes?

    7) Are mono intakes classified as the small ranking ones? Those who are not important or whatever.

    8) Pros and cons for both intakes. (If you don’t mind)

    Web Design and Programming.
    I’m always fascinated about web design and programming and how powerful this skill can be. I’ve learnt a little bit on web design, (HTML/CSS/Javascript) just briefly though.

    My first question is what is the best way to learn and understand all this, I mean how can I get involve with this in a sense that I would know how to apply it and not only know them. I mean when I was learning web designs I do know how it works but if you asked me to create a project I would just stare at you. I wouldn’t know how.

    Any tips for programming? Programming and web design seems like a daunting skill to master.

    Can I learn all these when serving my army? Regardless what intake I’m in and whether if I’m a stay in unit or a stay out unit?

    I’m sorry for the long post but this questions make a big part of my decision and I need to confirm them before I make a move. Hope to hear from you soon. God bless. If you don’t mind would you pass me your email? Thank you.


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