About me

My name is Alexandru and first things first, thank you for spending some of your precious time today on my blog! I would like to tell you about my background and what I am trying to do here.

I am a software engineer with half a decade of experience, the first two years having worked with C++ in the automotive industry and then switching to backend development using a stack revolving around Java & Spring Boot, which I am still using today. Although I don’t consider five years a long period of time in the software industry, I started to notice some issues already creeping up on me, more specifically, writing code was not as fun as it used to be in the beginning. I am fairly confident I am not unique in this discovery as this is often the case when people start to monetize what started from passion. I strongly believe writing code for a living is the best job you can have today if we consider the compensation, the competition between most companies to offer the best benefits, the high demand of workforce and many other factors, but we are not immune to the fact that turning a passion into a job often brings tasks and responsibilities which make the process less enjoyable(yes, the meetings that could very well be emails are at the top of the list). In my efforts to become better at my job I focused on writing clean code, finding the optimal solution, test it as much as possible and overall maximize the quality in the quest to output “production level code”, but in this process I guess I forgot to also maximize the enjoyment I get out of it.

The solution? For me, I discovered I get the most excitement out of building small apps in my free time, the expectation being only to get a proof of concept that satisfies my curiosity. That’s why this blog exists - to share my fun coding experiments with the world and to encourage other developers in a similar predicament to rediscover their lost passion for writing code.

What to expect from this blog?

As this blog is new, let me tell you what I will write about. I already mentioned code experiments where we build small, fun applications using different tools and technologies for the love of trying out new things, but I don’t want to limit myself. I want to approach various topics that are relevant for an average real life programmer. We will compare different frameworks and tech stacks, discuss tips and tricks for a better quality of life, other opportunities we have in our field beside the common 9-5 and much more!

Thank you for reading this far, I hope you’ll find value in the content I will create and I wish you the best in all of your current endeavours!