JavaScript and Modern Frontend Development

About Gaya Kessler

I am a freelance web developer specialising in JavaScript, living in Deurne, a small town in the south of The Netherlands, close to Eindhoven.

I’ve been a developer professionally for over 14 years. That’s almost half of the time I’ve been alive!

Gaya Kessler at Stippelberg, De Rips, The Netherlands

Since I was young I’ve always had an interest in creating things on the computer. This varied from creating video games, drawing, making music, and eventually programming.

Because I had the possibility to learn computer science during my time at high school I got a taste of what it could be to do this for a living. I couldn’t believe something this much fun is actually a job I could get paid for.

From my room in my parents’ attic and a slow internet connection I started learning how to code websites from scratch and program the back-end systems supporting it.

I later went to university to get a bachelors degree in Computer Science. Around the same time I got a part-time job at a local web development company, where I learned a lot more than what school was teaching. I’ll be forever thankful for the opportunity I got working there.

Gaya Kessler with his little sister, Daantje

Because I was learning so much, I decided it was a good idea to write down what I was learning about in a weblog. To this day I still write from time to time. It helps me collect my thoughts and share them with the world.

I’ve worked as an employee at a handful of different companies through the years. This allowed me to not only grow from a technical perspective, but also personally. In my experience I’ve grown the most by working at such a variety of different companies and projects. This also allowed me to know what I am good at, and which environments suit me best.

Through the years I always focused my work around learning and challenging myself. I love sharing this knowledge and have spoken at various meetups and conferences. Sharing knowledge and helping people improve their skills is something I get the most satisfaction out off.

Gaya Kessler at Strathisla distillery in Scotland

One of the things I seem to like the best was JavaScript and making a web page interactive. I tried to do as much work with JavaScript and tried to utilise it for projects at jobs I had in order to hone my skills.

For the sake practising and learning even more I started a lot of side-projects. Such as Drammit where I wanted to create my own app. This project saw a few iterations where I learned a lot of new techniques which I then applied to my day to day job.

After ten years of working at companies, I thought it was time to move on and work freelance. This has allowed me to work for awesome companies like Philips, Route42, BrewPi, and Dekode. Whilst also creating more breathing room for my personal endeavours.

Gaya Kessler at Eindhoven marathon

Apart from development and programming I like to take enough time off to enjoy life away from the desk.

I am an active runner, which helps me both physically and mentally. I created Create My Run, a small web application where runners can generate their runs based on location and distance they’d wish to run.

You can find me at loud music concerts drinking a beer and banging my head. I also play in a band called Dead Soil, and share some solo music on Youtube.

I love to cook for me and my wife, friends, and family.

I enjoy a good glass of whisky (or whiskey) with good company and a good conversation.

I believe living a sustainable lifestyle is best for the planet, the animals, the people I love, and myself.

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