about me

Arunas on the New Years Eve of 2021

I'm a freelance developer with a great focus in Laravel and VueJS, with a little DevOps sprinkled on the side.

I have been professionally developing web applications since 2016 after graduating from an intense 12-week bootcamp at the Makers Academy. It has helped tremendously in developing my learning, teamwork, and of course - development skills. I've been creating programs and webpages way before that, but I have never done it at a full-time capacity before 2016 which I consider to be the start of my fantastic career and best-to-come years.

Straight after the bootcamp I've landed a job as a Junior Frontend Developer. A completely new and terrifying environment: C# language, .NET Core and Angular 1.x frameworks, none of which I have ever laid my eyes on before applying for the job. Regardless, I learnt quick and soon became a valuable team member. I have learnt a lot from the experience over there. Shipping real production code which thousands of real people use was a completely different feeling from what I did just just a few weeks ago.

Few months passed by and I got invited to an interview with a company my friend was working at. The C# knowledge I had gained proved useful - developing a native Windows app from scratch was my first assignment. Back to square one and back to learning! I love learning, and I loved my new job. Later I was able to jump onto their internal systems and that's the first time I laid my eyes on Laravel. Love at first sight, I'm telling you! From that moment I promised to stick to it and become the best of the best. With Laravel, of course, comes a friend called VueJS, which also seemed like a breath of fresh air compared to Angular 1.x. They go hand-in-hand very well and so became my choice of frameworks for any side projects I'd start.

Long before I was working as a developer full-time, I dreamed of working remotely on a laptop, sitting in a café somewhere sunny. Well, it happened! A couple of years of working 9-5 in an office has finally paid off and I got myself a full-time job as a freelancer in 2018 at a Danish company working on a SaaS product. Laravel and VueJS was their choice of frameworks, so I immediately fit in and contributed from day one! Working remotely has been a completely different experience with a brand new set of challenges which I'll talk about in depth in another article later.

In this blog I share my learnings and experiences from being a Laravel/VueJS developer, as well as some DevOps (server management, operations) which I also do quite a bit of in my daily job. Hopefully, you'll find my content helpful. Don't forget to subscribe below to hear more about my new learnings, tips and tricks.

In 2022 I left my day job to pursue personal projects full-time and spend more time helping other developers save their time and launch their projects faster.

I am currently building an embedded notification inbox, and a billing portal for Laravel. Check these out and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful journey becoming a better developer yourself!