Hi, my name is Vlad Călin

My name is Vlad Călin, I live in Iași, Romania and I currently work as a full-stack developer for the danish company Vuuh.

My professional career includes writing and maintaining a lot of Python code in various systems, from data processing distributed systems to web applications.

During my current and previous jobs, I worked with the following technologies:

  • Python 2.x and 3.x (I prefer 3.x over 2.x any time of the day). I have experience with plenty of frameworks and libraries serving various purposes such as web development (Django, Flask, Tornado, Pyramid), distributed computing (Celery), web crawling (Scrapy, beautifulsoup4) and the list can go on ...
  • Javascript (vanilla and more recently I also develop SPAs using React).
  • Some basic CSS and HTML knowledge. For styling I mostly use frameworks such as Bootstrap, MaterializeCSS, SemanticUI.
  • I use mostly PostgreSQL as it is my first relational database choice and I also have some experience working with NoSQL databases such as Redis and MongoDB
  • Docker for basically anything (from development, to QA, continuous integration and deployment).
  • Linux as my main operating system as it is more flexible for my development needs.
  • Ansible for automating most of the Ops work for my personal projects

I'm striving to understand the complexity of the world.

Now I'm going to say a few words about what I like doing in my spare time, which is closely connected to the above statement (which is also present on the landing page).

I see life as a game in which you are a participant whether you like it or not and since you are a player in this game, you may at least learn (most of) its rules to make the most out of it. In order to do that you have to admit that you know next to nothing about anything and start researching the topics that influence your life the most.

Therefore, in my spare time I like to learn as much as possible about the topics that I believe are the most meaningful for figuring out how the world works.

These topics, in my opinion and in no specific order, are:

  • Technology - for figuring out how to do things more efficiently
  • Economy - for understanding the society
  • Psychology - for understanding people
  • Probabilities and statistics - because nothing is absolute

Favorite things

  • Start with why - by Simon Sinek
  • How to win friends and influence people - by Dale Carnegie
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die - by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Nirvana (they influenced me the most)
  • Monster Magnet
  • Nightstalker
  • CrashCourse
  • h3h3
  • penguinz0