I’m Tomasz Chojna

Software Developer @ Grand Parade (William Hill)

I wrote my first line of code in 2009, without even noticing that it was a "programming", I just wanted to make some changes in my MMORPG game server. I also needed a simple website to allow my friends to create their profiles, so I discovered HTML, CSS and PHP. During my journey, I met many great people who showed me how fascinating the world of IT can be. I've never imagined that this could led me to a professional programming career, which has started in June 2012.

Solving challenging problems is always a lot of fun to me. Currently my greatest passion is optimizing performance. I love making things run few times faster by improving sql queries, introducing caching, refactoring inefficient code.

I think that the most important skill of a programmer is the ability to learn new things quickly. I am willing to learn anything that could be helpful in creating the best solution, even if it's far out of my comfort zone.

My philosophy

As a perfectionist I would love to create the best possible solutions, but I also understand that a perfect world doesn't exist and often good is good enough.

I have some rules I am always following while working:

  • I balance the best ROI for a company with providing adequate quality.
  • I actively contribute to the development of a software product sharing all ideas that could improve it.
  • I minimize the time spent on repetitive tasks and processes by trying to automate them either by my own code or third-party solutions.
  • I clearly communicate all the issues and propose multiple solutions.
  • I am thinking ahead when designing new features, especially what the impact of a certain change is.

Skills

  1. 01

    Backend
    (Python, PHP, Node.js, Go)

    My strongest skill and the field I am most interested in. I've created things like: push/email notification system, mobile shop, APIs for complicated app interfaces, integrations with other apps (e.g. Facebook Graph API), and many more..

  2. 02

    DevOps
    (Docker, Ansible, AWS)

    I am experienced in running code in the production environment. I am familiar with automated provisioning, Docker containers, continuous deployment, monitoring and logs management.

  3. 03

    FUNDAMENTALS
    (ALGORITHMS, DESIGN PATTERNS)

    Some things stay the same for all programming languages. I've spent a lot of time learning how to choose proper data structures, algorithms and architectures.

  4. 04

    Frontend
    (HTML, CSS, JS, Angular, Backbone, React)

    Although I am more backend-focused, if it's necessary I am able to create complex user interfaces with modern JavaScript frameworks.

  5. 05

    MACHINE LEARNING
    (RECOMMENDER SYSTEMS)

    Currently something I am doing on the side. I managed to implement production system based on kNN and collaborative filtering algorithms.

Projects

Appic

Frontend, Backend, DevOps

Event discovery app for a Dutch market, available on iOS and Android. I was responsible for the whole backend side of the project, including also some Frontend administrative interfaces.

E-planist

Frontend

I was responsible for building user interface for the work time scheduling application.

Loyalty city card

Frontend, Backend

I created REST API for the mobile application, which was used for giving points for certain actions.

I also implemented dashboard-like interface for data analysis.

Angular FormCreator

Frontend, Backend

I created an editor in Angular.js for creating JSON-based configuration for interactive forms. The user could define control-flow based on the data entered in the form, as well as validation rules and display formats. Several hundreds forms have been successfully created using this component.

rybarzowice.pl

Frontend

I designed and coded the layout based on Bootstrap for the primary school.

I also extended standard wordpress panel with plugins for importing and sharing time schedule of school classes.

Other projects...

  • mobile apps in PhoneGap/Cordova
  • integrations for marketing applications
  • wordpress plugins for online reservation system