Meet Kyiv team: WP Tech Lead, Victor

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Jul 10, 2018 · 4 min read

Hi! That’s Victor, our Tech Lead of Innocode’s WordPress team in Kyiv. 6 years ago he started his programming journey as a part-time front-end developer, while still being at the University. Now he has 2 kids, been speaking at numerous meetups, and still after all those years finds endless interest in coding >>


I was studying at KPI, Electronic faculty. There we had a programming course, which I already loved more than any other subject. And loved even more after we had practice at one of Kyiv factories. The factory future didn’t look exciting.

From the first year we studied C (and a tiny bit of poorly taught web), and almost from the very beginning, I started working as a freelance programmer. Around my 4th year, I found myself working at Pingbull, which later became Redink and now is Innocode :)

2013–2015 :)

From the beginning, 6 years ago, I was doing front-end and slowly getting into WP backend. Now I’m a Tech Lead of the our WP team. It means that all the projects that we get from our Norwegian customers go to our PMs in Oslo and most of them go to me, so that we split it among all the team.

Kyiv and Oslo team

Web is my hobby. I like trying new stuff and if possible, implement that on our projects.

What do I read? Most of the information I get from newsletters:

- https://javascriptweekly.com/
- https://react.statuscode.com/
- https://frontendfoc.us/

I’m not sticking to a certain blog. If I could recommend someone in particular, then I’d say following the creator of JS BrendanEich would be beneficial. All in all, there’s overwhelming tone of information over there, and you can always google what you need, when you need it.

Here are some of Twitter accounts I follow:

- https://twitter.com/WordPress
- https://twitter.com/10up
- https://twitter.com/addyosmani
- https://twitter.com/official_php
- https://twitter.com/wpcli
- https://twitter.com/wpgraphql
- https://twitter.com/dan_abramov
- https://twitter.com/wptavern

Speaking at WordCamp

Before I loved football, but now I try to dedicate my free time to my family — I have two kids, 3 and 1 yrs old. When there’s time at work I’m looking at optimization tools etc., or more into speeding up our development.

We plan to make template of ready-made plugins/components for single page applications that would save time and we wouldn’t need to write the same bunch of code again and again — all would be there for reuse.

Of course, there are a lot of existing WP plugins and frameworks, but actually, I didn’t find the one totally meeting our needs. So that’s work in progress now.

During quest time at Innocode’s 8th Birthday Party

Funny thing, when you are a programmer, family and friends keep asking you things like “Vitya, can you recommend a good PC?” or “Something happened to my Windows, please come over and help” etc. But you know, I am not good at those things, I was never interested in hardware stuff, though it’s hard to explain it to the most people, who think “ти ж програміст”.

With Vitaliy Nikolaev and Oleksandr Strikha

Company used to organize monthly WordPress meetups in Kyiv — WordPress Kitchen and even made a WordCamp Conference. What are my topics? I used to talk about technologies we had on the projects — how we were using it, pros and cons etc., trying to give the real practical examples. Public talking is a good experience first of all for you, and of course for the people you share knowledge with.


Opensource

We had one project with our ex-coworkers: WPKit — object-oriented development framework for WordPress to simplify developers life https://github.com/redink-no/wpkit. It’s a framework to help devs optimize their work. You can take a look here on Github, of course, we are open to contributions:)

Kyiv team in 2018

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