26 years old - living in Berlin for 13 years.
Crafting software for the web in offices for roughly 7 years.
Currently learning C in my free time.
Everything I know is self-taught.
I'm an avid reader, digging books belongs to my daily schedule.
Other hobbies include Kung-fu, Yoga and producing Hip-Hop music.
My journey through software development began at the age of 13. Having received a book about Visual Basic from a friend, I soon discovered the easiness of PHP. At age 14 I started doing C++, followed by Python, Perl and x86 assembly.
At 16 I landed my first gig at berida, doing 10 hours per week followed by a full-time internship to receive my graduation. We wrote software for several clients, including a wordpress plugin, a price comparison site using jQuery mobile and a Facebook lottery tool in C#. The main learning for me was keeping on the work when you're stuck - something I avoided in my early personal projects.
The next company I worked for had a team of 25, four of which where developers. As this was my first "startupish" company, I learned about many business- and communication-related topics and developed my main skill set which still serves me today: Ruby (with rails), git and Vim. Furthermore, I gained the power to fearlessly dig into a 5000+ commit codebase.
After ~2 years at conGane I was ready for something new. I had already done a side-project for AgProp - the new website of binuu, a club located in Berlin Kreuzberg. While I already had quite some frontend experience, I wasn't used to implement pixel-perfect designs or work with designers at all. At AgProp I was able to sharpen my CSS skills (using sass as a pre-processor) and also develop a better vision for fonts, margins and colors. The most challenging project at this company was a svg visualization in d3.js, which also included a node.js / express backend.
During my time at AgProp there was one thing that bothered me: Being the only developer in the office. I felt like I needed someone to talk to - someone to learn from. That's when ZenGuard caught my attention. There I was part of a 10-person development team, residing in a 50-person office. Started out in frontend with ES6, Coffeescript and Bacon.js, then moved over to backend, doing the payment API in Ruby, server configuration in Chef and microservices in Go.
Working at ZenGuard, I had the chance to dive a little bit into dev-ops topics. At Seatris.ai this has started to be my main focus. I have set up our new AWS stack with terraform and packer, configured the CI system and development environments to work with docker and furthermore tweaked the company's chef repository. I also worked in application development, splitting the monolithic rails app into frontend and backend and rewriting the payment services.