Hi, my name is Alex
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I don’t have a degree in CS and never took a class on it. In fact, I hold degrees in history and political science, but I’ve never worked in the field.
I started programming in the late 2000s, mostly because I was annoyed with the degree of digitalization in my field or the lack thereof. My first project was a small website where I kept texts my professors handed out. They scanned articles and essays, mailed them to a copy shop and us students had to go to the copy shop to get a print-out of the few hundred pages. This was mandatory in most of my lectures. I took these texts and uploaded them to a WordPress installation and used OCR to turn them back into text and make them somewhat searchable. While I was writing my master’s thesis, I added some sort of API between this website and LaTeX to quickly get the references into my bibliography.
After working in different positions in online agencies, I started freelancing full-time in early 2016. I’ve been working in web development for over ten years, yet, consider myself a naïve programmer.
My dynamic image-resizing/-optimization solution ResizeFly is still in the back of my head as a standalone product. The base plugin and some add-ons are used in production on several sites I have built for clients already, with hundreds of thousands image requests every month. The next steps will be to figure out if there is a niche for this in WordPress as more and more hosting providers ship image optimization, how to structure the plugin (one pro plugin vs a freemium model), if I can get away with only with only maintaining actively supported PHP versions and of course pricing.