I first met with a real computer when I was around ten. I think it was one of our neighbour's Commodore 64. Therefore my dad had to buy a Commodore for us. Then my neighbour upgraded to a Pentium PC. Surprise, we got that, too. Jumping a few years ahead, my parents enrolled me in a course about Windows 3.1 and coding in Basic. I finished it before I turned to 14. The invigilator barely gave me the certificate because I wasn't "old enough" yet to have a personal ID. I was already in big love with movies, and computers seemed to be my new passion.
I used my PC to write songs and movie reviews, but it also helped me to manage my massive VHS catalogue when I was running a completely illegal renting business as a kid. I copied and ripped apart the codebase of various disk magazines to see how they worked. At one point, I built a kick-ass PowerPoint presentation, compiled to an app and sold it to another kid with less knowledge about this. On the way I was learning Turbo Pascal, Perl, how drew with Corel products. Then the internet boom came. I started to build websites for Netscape Navigator through a dial-up modem with FrontPage Express and Paint Shop Pro, using the first versions of HTML and CSS. Then in my twenties, I founded a movie site and began to ship real projects for real companies.
2009 came, I desperately needed something permanent. Years later, I was fed up with agency projects, so I quit to be a freelancer and work for my clients. After two struggling years bills finally won, independence lost (for now!) and I've been an employee since 2013. In the last few years, I worked from small agencies to even big, corporate machines.
I've been building websites for 18 years now. I started as a web designer. Later learned site-building to be more productive, but finally trained myself into a reckless PHP developer. I thought backend is perfectly enough me, then thanks to Tailwind CSS and VueJS I began to interest to the frontend again, JAMstack, mobile development, servers. My curiosity doesn't know limits.
Today I think myself as an open-minded software engineer, who's eager to learn and try everything which moves him forward and get his brain busy.
In my free time, I'm just a geek dad in his late 30s.
My main dev stack
- Querious 3
- PhpStorm 2020.1
- Sublime Text 3
My current setup
- MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2017
2.3 GHz, 16 GB, 512 SSD
- Dell U2715H monitor
- Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keys
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Logitech c920 HD Pro webcam
- Blue Yeti microphone