Trusted by at least 6 differents companies
I studied IT System and Network Administration in Belgium and did one year of Computer Engineering in Ireland. I don't really remember what I learned. But it got me into web development, so I guess it was worth it.
I started my career by working for a TelCo company. For a year I worked on legacy PHP system. When I say legacy I mean legacy. It was a PHP 5.3 codebase that was about 10 years old. It had a single folder containing over 1000 php files without consistent linting or coding style. 🤮
After that I joined a startup. It was created by the CEO and CTO of 3D design company. They wanted to create a SAAS platform for project handling (task management, invoicing, etc...). But it became clear very quick to me that they had no idea on how tech works. Every other week they would ask to remove or add a feature. In the 6 months I worked there we had nothing to show for it. That's when I decided to leave.
I then joined a marketing agency, Altavia ACT, specialized in big retailers (Carrefour, Tom & Co, Metro, Badoit, etc...). On top of creating different kind of websites for them I also took over the whole releasing pipeline. When I joined they had a single server with over 150 websites. When I left they had a single Digital Ocean instance per site with automated provisioning and deployment thanks to a series of Ansible and bash scripts which slowly migrated to Laravel Forge.
I worked for for (hotel?) trivago. I was involved in the development of a marketplace platform where independent hoteliers would be able to buy and use tools/apps to manage their properties on trivago: trivago Business Studio. Most of my days were spent on maintaining the code base, refactor aging APIs and work on the payment and subscription manager.
After trivago I served as a Senior Backend Engineer at Strapi for a rewarding period of . During this time, I transitioned into the role of Lead Backend Engineer, spearheading the development of Strapi Cloud. Collaborating closely with the CTO, I played a pivotal role in shaping the architecture and laying the groundwork for the code base that powers Strapi Cloud today. In this capacity, my responsibilities encompassed mentoring fellow engineers, acting as a liaison between our engineering and product teams, and serving as a guardian for the codebase.
My daily tasks included aligning our tech strategy with overarching business objectives, overseeing the implementation of technical tests to ensure code quality, and adeptly navigating and resolving challenges. Furthermore, as an integral part of the on-call rotation for the Cloud platform, I remained vigilant to uphold the reliability and functionality of our services.
And finally I joined Proton as a Senior Backend Engineer.
- I value my own privacy online. I believe that we need to also take care of our users' privacy first.
- Clean code
- Above complexity and fancy design pattern I value clean and readable code.
- User first
- When designing a feature or thinking about architecural improvement I always take care of not degrading the user's experience.
- Work life balance
- Work doesn't exist outside of working hours. I don't think my company is like a family. My family and health will always come first.