Past Client Feedback
Ru deserves a recommendation, but I’m unhappy as I write this because I fear it will lead to her moving away from my company for an amazing opportunity I can’t yet provide her with.
She considers herself a generalist, but the work you get from her would make you assume whatever aspect you had her working on was her specialty. She adapts to new technology with ease and hops in and out of different projects, in different languages, as if she had been working on them from day 1.
Not only that, but she can turn ugly projects into a work of art and complex projects into understandable projects, with detailed documentation.
If you take her away from me, I’ll hate you.— Joseph, Owner, OkayRelax
Ru has been a great help in fixing the mobile dashboard UI for Plausible Analytics. Now it all looks and works beautifully on all the different mobile devices. Thousands of people using the product now enjoy the work that Ru has done for us.— Marko Saric, Co-Founder, Plausible Analytics
Ru has been an integral part of our development team, working tirelessly for excellence. She has proven her ability to think of best practice as well as applying herself as a developer and as to what is best for the user when reviewing UX and UI.
She is accurate with her timings and thorough with her questioning to make sure what she is working on is correct first time, and really embeds herself into the project goals.
Oh, and as for her work, it’s fantastic! She’s a great asset to have on the team!— Spike Bowen, Senior Producer, Mediablaze
What it’s like working with me.
I have generally enjoyed agency with my clients and offer them a full view of things — good or bad. No mucking around from me just to get my billings up.
I prioritize business objectives over my personal growth. You won’t get resume driven development with me. I want to pick the tools that would do you good long-term.
Unfortunately, a natural off-shoot of this value is that I do expect paid-for time and a bit of patience from you while I pick new tools up.
As a workplace, I think we are a good fit if taking mental health days off is easy.
I work hard when I’m at work.
On most days, I consider it rude to call me into the office outside of office hours. The only exception being what needs to be handled is really an emergency. On that, I’ll trust your judgement.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)
When am I available next?
I’m tentatively available to work full-time from .
At the moment, I am not taking any part-time engagements.
So, really, what do you do?
I find myself excelling at improving user interfaces and customer experiences. I started out as a front-end developer, and really enjoy this part of my job.
Lately, I’ve scaled myself up to include DevOps and some tools on the back-end. Ultimately, I consider being self-sufficient important. In that light, I’ve been doing Python and more so Django, lately.
I would not say I’m an expert at any single tool — probably the hallmark of a generalist.
How can I contact you?
If you have a default email client of choice set on your device (such a Gmail or Apple Mail), you can simply click the email address. If not, copy the email address and get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other ways to reach me are detailed on the ‘elsewhere’ page.
How can I see your resume/CV first?
My resume/CV is available on request.
Please drop me an email, and I’ll be happy to provide it! 😊
I’m a non-profit and my budget is limited. Would you be interested?
Yes! I’m interested in providing a better online presence to those who run a non-profit for affirmative action.
If this is you, please feel free to get in touch — I’ll be happy to discuss a cut-rate for my services. I would also be willing to explore technologies and tools I am not familiar with as a way to mutually benefit us through this process.
While these project pages should offer you a decent overview, they are still to be considered a work-in-progress: both the projects themselves and the project pages.
A simple and comprehensive guide to start making sense of the legal framework for Indian freelancers.
A starter kit for Eleventy SSG and Forestry CMS/NetlifyCMS, based on gulp v4.
Data-driven static website that evaluates whether a regional price for a software subscription is fair in a given country. This is based on the concept of Purchasing Power Parity.
A CMS-of-sorts built on open standards (Micropub & IndieAuth). Bring your own IndieWeb micro-blog and enjoy this lucid publishing interface.
A simple, self-hosted Express.js API written in TypeScript for guest comments on my now-defunct static site.
This section is a reverse-chronological story-style write-up of where I have been since I got into tech.
Professionally, I had started a long-term contract late in 2020 as a generalist web developer; this continues to date.
Additionally, I left the IndieWeb and moved back to WordPress early in 2021. This also led me to making Mastodon my primary microblogging endpoint, and while I miss the IndieWeb and its community, I’m happier for my decisions.
I spent a significant amount of time playing with:
- the JAMStack (via Eleventy),
- the IndieWeb, and,
- interacting with the free and open source community on Mastodon,
- A bunch of personal projects came up as I tried to make useful things in order to learn more.
I took up some WordPress projects as I needed a change of scenery, and took some time out to take care of my mental health.
Based on my experiences writing my own static site, I wrote a starter kit for Eleventy called Smix Eleventy Starter. It has seen over 650 unique visitors since I started counting in May 2020. You can see the live statistics/analytics here.
I spent 17 months working with just the core concepts — no CSS-in-JS and no Redux. We did perfectly well and to be honest, I had a ton of fun working on the UI layer. 🙂
This was an interesting year, and perhaps my first go at trying to be self-sufficient, and getting a taste of what I later found out I would end up doing full-time.
I started a self-owned web development and web design firm (What?!).
We rendered technical services to societies and individuals in my university. I was responsible for handling customer-facing interaction and contractual negotiations, along with engineering and design tasks.