Looking for new challenges
Fair warning: In this blog post I aim to sell myself. I'm looking for an exciting and challenging new freelance engagement.
I'm a software developer and I have been one professionally for about 20 years now. I have deep experience, and I continue to learn and create. I know what real-world codebases look like, and I know software development is also about people. I think I can offer lot of value. I can develop software for you, and I can also help you improve the way you develop software.
I see myself as a creative developer -- I want to invent things to improve life for myself and others. Creativity is what attracts me to software development the most. Creativity is transformative. If you need a bit of transformation in your software, talk to me.
I've focused on Python for the better part of my software development career. I came to Python early; I have seen Python grow from a small language with no name recognition to the enormously popular language it is today. I greatly enjoy using it. I've also criticized it where I felt it was needed, painful as it was. If you need a very experienced Python developer, contact me.
I have repeatedly demonstrated I can take a large piece of software and transform it:
Back in the day, I rejuvenated the Zope web framework with Five, a technology that is still in use by the Plone CMS today.
I took libxml2, a huge C library that was difficult to use for Python developers, and created the most powerful XML library in the Python world: lxml. I used the predecessor to Cython to do this (in 2004!).
I created a simpler, better way to use Zope with Grok. I've helped add web capabilities to existing codebases with a deep history.
I can help you open up your codebase to new possibilities.
I can build on other people's foundations, but I can also build new foundations. In the last few years I've created Morepath, a web framework that compresses the power I expect into a few thousand lines of Python code.
These days I prefer to use React for front-end application development. React is awesome. With React Native a mere web developer such as myself can even build a real mobile app. Want a developer that loves React but is also tempered by experience? Look no further.
I'm looking for a new challenge. I want to help build, create and transform. I work from home (in the Netherlands) so I can enjoy my family and garden, but I can certainly come visit you on a regular basis. I write code, I write docs, I write tests, I give talks, I give training, and I review your code. I am open, constructively critical and honest. I contribute a bit of insight here and there. My services are not cheap, but they are worth it.
In summary, here I am: a very experienced, creative web developer who looks a little bit beyond what's in front of him.
Think you have an interesting challenge for me? Please drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk.
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