Nikolay Andonov

Hi, I'm Nikolay

Web Developer, Wannabe Doer

Hey there, my name is Nikolay, 26, from Bulgaria. I've been buiding websites since 2007, I mean real websites with real visitors. At that time I only knew how to install and administrate CMSs, and I was learning programming and databases by the "trial and error" method. Fast-forward eight years, I started my first job as a professional web developer. And I can't be more happy for that decision of mine.

Nowadays, I work as a Tech Lead at a Danish company called Peytz & Co. We do web and mobile applications, custom made for various of different clients. The main stack is Symfony and React, but since the company is an agency/consultancy there are many clients with many projects, thus we use many different technologies.

In a high contrast with Peytz's main choices of frameworks, I've been using Laravel and VueJs for all my side projects for the past few years. Over the years I had the chance to write production code using few different programming languages but at the end of the day I decided to stick with PHP for now. Yes, people still use PHP in 2020! I am a certified Laravel developer, and building things with Laravel (and Vue) is what brings me most joy.

Over the years I tried building many different things. Some of them I never launched, some of them I failed with, some of them didn't have the success I hoped for, you know how it goes. Few years ago I built Presentsquare for a friend of mine. Just to help him run his local business, totally free of charge. Recently, I partnered up with him and another friend of ours, with the goal of scaling up that local business which sells one product to a worldwide platform which offers multiple products. That's what's keeping me busy these days outside of my full time job. In case you know Bulgarian, you can follow along the progress on our podcast "Business, bro".

In my personal life I love to hang out with my girlfriend, to play board games with my friends, to play chess online, to play tennis, and to do sports in general. I used to be a footballer in my childhood. Spent nine years trying to become a professional and failed right at the end. Learnt a ton from that experience, can't be more grateful for the journey I had and the slap in the face I got on my way out of it. Nowadays I am a motorcyclist who doesn't currently own a motorcycle. Recently I started skiing and I find it awesome, looking forward to get better there. I am sure I am missing lots of stuff I do in my spare time. Simply because I am the kind of person who likes to try a lot of things. Always trying to be open and honest, hence this blog.

Feel free to shoot me an email at any time. My address is nikolay@andonov.dev, whether it's about something specific, or just saying "Hi". I'd love to chat with you!

You can also follow me on Twitter. I've recently started tweeting Laravel tips once a week.

Wanna keep in touch?

I send out an email once every 30-60 days about stuff similar to the thing you've just read. If that sounds interesting to you, I'd love to have you on board.