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I am developer from Madagascar, Ask Me Anything!

Mika Andrianarijaona
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Jess Lee (she/her)

Do you work in an office? And if so, what office culture differences have you noticed between working in Madagascar and France?

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

Yes I worked in a office there. I think the main cultural difference I noticed is that in Madagascar, people tend to have more "fear" at work, fear of their managers, fear of co-workers. That might be a good thing but most of time, people have difficulties to communicate inside a company, particularly if they have foreign dirigeant.
In France, there is no such a thing an people freely interact with each other, independenlty of their position.

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

Hello from NYC!

Are you still a developer in Madagascar today or have you moved?

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

I have moved a few months ago and am now in Paris. I have worked as a developer about 5 years in Madagascar.

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

Awesome, congrats on the new job. What advice would you have for someone in Madagascar learning to code today?

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

Mainly two advices : master english and follow dev.to ;)

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kip

Hello from Argentina...

  • When did you start to coding ?
  • What was your inspiration ?
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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

Hello @kip,

I started coding at 17 or so with Basic language. I was inspired by some challenge algorithms I found in a study book at my school. I knew I wanted to work with programming and solving problems with computers.

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Cristhian H.

Hellow from Lima, PE !
Madagascar ? wow ! its amazing !

In our country, software communities are just being formed.
How big are the software communities in Madagascar and if you belong to one, how is the management of your logistics?

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

Hello! In fact it was quite the same in Madagascar as I left. The tech community wasn't really organized and there was really few meetings for devs.
These last weeks and months, that started to change and I see more and more events and meetings there. This is something I really missed while there.

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feedyourhead0

Hi Mika,

We operate a small outsourcing firm and we have a growing number of french clients.

Do you think it is a good idea talent wise to establish an office in Madagascar ? Any toughts on this would really be appreciated :)

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John Alcher

Have you seen a gang of Zebra, Lion, Hippo, and a Giraffe running around there?

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

Unfortunately note yet. In fact none of these animals actually live in Madagascar :D

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Daniel • Edited

Why do you need all this animals when you have tasty Zebu!

(Btw, I went to Madagascar many years ago. Went from Tana to Ille Saint Marie. Amazing trip and my first time in Africa)

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

@daniel that's sounds really great! I myself have not been at Sainte Marie yet but would really love to!!

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Michael Kohl

Salama! Not really a question, just wanted to mention that in 2006 and 2007 I actually worked with a developer from Madagascar who was a great guy. All the best for your new life in Paris :)

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Mika Andrianarijaona Ask Me Anything

Misaotra (thanks)