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I live in Dusseldorf, Germany. It's carnival here and everyone is out and about. The Germans value their holidays, sometimes with too much beer and wursts.

Learning

I'm currently working with React. Coming from Angular, I find React a breath of fresh air. egghead.io has very nice tutorials and I try to learn as much as I can. I'm no stranger to Redux and I've recently started learning RxJS, MobX and MobX State Tree.

I'm also working on a native app with React Native. Details as it develops.

In the past months, I fell in love with functional programming, a very different way of thinking about your code, especially when you come from an Object Oriented background. RamdaJS is marvelous.

Open source

I don't do as much open source as I would like to. Right now, I'm working on a toolset to help frontend developers abstract away all the processes and configurations involved in properly working in a Javascript project. Testing, linting, formatting your code, bundling it for production - these are configurations that tend to stand in the way of getting started.

My solution is frontwerk. I work with it and on it almost every day.

My other project is a set of beautiful themes for code editors and the terminal. Currently, I support Sublime Text 3 and Vim, as well as iTerm2, with Atom and VSCode in the works. The theme is called Edge.

Work

With @frylondon, I'm working on two great products.

Kaizen is an e-portfolio system that powers learners to track their progress throughout their career and collaborate with others through a proved regular and continual feedback system. It is a web application that runs on any device.

Haiku is an ever evolving content management system specifically designed for universities and professional bodies.

Exercise

I'm a little round around the waist, I must admit. I've taken up running as a way to stay healthy and maybe also lose some weight. I'm following a training program from Garmin and post my runs on my Strava account.

Reading

Last month, I've read quite a bit on stoicism, with Seneca's letters being the last in the series for now.

I plan on starting Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Branden Kowitz quite soon.

This is a now page that shows what I'm focused on right now. I aim to update it as things change.

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