I'm a polyglot programmer excited about solving complex engineering challenges using the best tool for the job. I pride myself on code quality, stability, performance, and extensibility of the projects I develop.
I'm 35 years old, and I have an awesome 12-year-old son Alex and my amazing wife, Tatiana. We had immigrated to the US from Russia in 2012, and for a few years now, we've been enjoying permanent resident's status.
During my professional career as a software engineer, architect, and tech lead, I've been responsible for developing and supporting long-term multiple greenfield projects. I worked on projects ranging from podcasting platforms, version control hosting, continuous integration, and deployment solutions, internal business analytics and server administration tools, to architecting and implementing world-class level desktop applications.
My passion is to turn abstract visions into a technical reality, and I learned to do so with limited time and resources, picking up necessary skills as I move forward to the goal.
I was born in Norilsk, Russia, in 1984. One of the most polluted cities in the world, and crazy cold to boot.
The first time when I got into programming was when I was 12, back in 1996, as part of an advanced school program. When I was 15, I was a part of a few popular open-source projects in PHP and had done a few projects in Visual Basic for my school. By 16, I had my first successful commercial project, an ad network that was later acquired by a competitor.
Since I was 14, I was obsessed with Linux and used it in my day to day until I discovered macOS. I'm still a big open-source, GNU, and EFF supporter.
“What one fool can do, another can.”
“Continued pleasures wear off, continued hardships lose their poignancy.”
“The exaggerated esteem in which my lifework is held makes me very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler.”
“We cannot have it both ways: if we are free, we are responsible: if we are not responsible, we are not free.”
“You're not wrong, Walter. You're just an asshole.”
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.”