Hey, I’m Damien, a software engineer in the pursuit of mastery. I’m currently living in the city of Berlin and can be found find hiking, sailing or reading whenever I’m not in front of a computer screen.
My career started about 15 years ago when I began to repurpose my math classes in school to make video games for the TI-83+ graphical calculator. I soon found out that family, friends, and friends of friends where willing to pay me for creating their websites. After a short attempt at studying computer science, I worked for a startup, worked for another startup and later found myself working for yet another startup, which eventually went public.
Thanks to plenty of luck, a love of learning and access to great mentors, I made fair progress at my goal of becoming a master of software development (although there’s still so much more to learn).
That progress came at a price though: working at a company that scaled from 700 to 4000 employees within a few years was exhausting, temporarily stifled my passion for programming and ultimately led to myself taking three months off.
It was during those months that I had the chance to reflect extensively on my experiences, to adopt a set of values influenced by the Software Craftsmanship community and to form a somewhat coherent narrative.
When one of my all-time heroes encouraged me to share my thoughts with others in 2019, this site was born. It is my attempt to better the lives of my fellow programmers by teaching what I’ve learned and found to be valuable.