I'm not much of a talker, but let me rant about myself for a bit. You can skip ahead to:
- Vue.js ♥
- Svelte ♥
- PWAs and service-workers
- Various bundlers, with a focus on bundling & performance optimisations
- Headless CMS-s and Static-site generators
- ESM build tools (Vite, Snowpack)
I work great with designers (challenging their perspective on things), other devs or less-techy folk (pretty sure that's the technical term for it).
I've also dabbled in other fields (and hope to perfect them in the future), like:
- automation & shell scripting
- web performance
- CI & CD
- agile thinking & rapid iteration
- UNIX-based systems
- dockerisation, Kubernetes
- UX & user flow
- interaction design
Being a self-claimed autodidact, I consider myself a proud drop out. Instead of going the standard university route (BSc, MSc, internships, etc.), I pivoted and spent my time tinkering on small private projects, reading books & articles and listening to podcasts.
My biggest educational growth though were the first few months at my first job and I believe my hunger for knowledge has sky-rocketed ever since. I also love meetups and conferences (...it's the free stickers).
If you care about the more official part of this, here's a rundown:
- CS at Tallinn University of Technology
- quit June 2015
- I in no way mean to bad-mouth, but the (at the time) outdated curriculum and narrow-minded teachers left me wanting more. I've listed the relevant completed courses under my LinkedIn profile.
- Hardcore developer training at PluralSight
- attended May 2015
- A thorough overview of a web developer's stack before PluralSight expanded their training courses.
- Certificate in Full Stack Development at Free Code Camp
- Spring 2015
- Exact Science Field at Old Town Educational College (Secondary education)
- Graduated June 2012
favourite learning resources:
- Shop Talk Show
- Developer tea
- The Web Ahead
- Front End Happy Hour
- CodePen Radio
- Friends Talk Frontend
- Changelog (all their podcasts #masterfeed)
- Front-End Front
- Ron Valstar
- Tutorialzine (Mostly their monthly JS lib rundown)
- Markus Oberlehner (Really great Vue articles)
- Max Böch
- Hugo Giraudel
- David Walsh
- CSS Wizardry
- Sara Soueidan
- Code Kraft
- A List Apart
- Hacker News
- Jag Talon
- Too many Smashing Magazine, dev.to & Medium articles to count
* Unfortunately, I can't show most of my past work on here for legal reasons. It's good stuff though.
I started out creating websites for neighbours and small companies, which really sparked a passion. Here's what I've been up to since:
- Product engineer @ Klaus July 2018 - present
- Klaus is a SaaS product that lets customer support agents conduct conversation reviews. Besides the main app, I also wrote and manage Klaus' browser extensions, a Zendesk app and a couple of other small widgets. I advocate open-source, best practises, progressive enhancement and security to the best of my abilities and try to integrate them into the developer culture that we are still shaping.
- Technical consultant @ Bigbank July 2018 – June 2019
- FE -> Full-stack developer @ Bigbank July 2015 – July 2018
- I started out supporting an in-house Wordpress theme, helping marketers create pages
with a page builder. Worked with the design team to unify the corporate visuals
across multiple countries and platforms (also implemented a pattern library).
I then shifted bit more towards Node's full-stack world and worked with microservices
and the Wordpress REST API to render its contents as a separate Vue application.
I've learned heaps about virtualisation, dockerisation, CI & CD, security,
authentication, and too much about front-end itself to even list.
My last product in the company was a Vue-based component library, coupled with an in-house Express middleware and some internal
vue-cli@3plugins to help developers quickly spin up new applications & product instances.
- I started out supporting an in-house Wordpress theme, helping marketers create pages with a page builder. Worked with the design team to unify the corporate visuals across multiple countries and platforms (also implemented a pattern library). I then shifted bit more towards Node's full-stack world and worked with microservices and the Wordpress REST API to render its contents as a separate Vue application. I've learned heaps about virtualisation, dockerisation, CI & CD, security, authentication, and too much about front-end itself to even list.
- Programming teacher @ Saue High school Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016
- My job was to give my students a basic understanding of the principles of programming, whilst keeping it a fun learning experience. I teach Python mostly through games and active user input, so their first experience with programming wouldn't be stale.
- Freelancing @ interwebs Started 2014
- Programming has long been an interest of mine. Having also a soft spot for the artsy side in me—front-end development seemed like an excellent field to start gaining some experience.
In my free time I enjoy working on my motorcycle, disc golfing, practising muay thai & BJJ... and starring GitHub repos ⭐.