About Me

Hello! 👋🏽

My name is Dhanraj. But you know that already. 😉

From an early age, I was always fascinated with Technology. This fascination is what drove me most of my career. Part of this fascination is my insatiable desire to always be learning but also a challenge I like to give myself: How can I make the world a better place?

For me, programming is fundamentally about creating solutions to problems. At the end of the day, you have created something that didn’t exist that morning, and that is in and of itself satisfying.

“Programming is fun because it gratifies creative longings built deep within us and delights sensibilities we have in common with all men.”Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month

👨🏽‍💻 Work

My first job was at a small (and a really cool) startup where I learned to design and build Android and Web applications from the ground-up. I briefly worked as a freelancer when I was in Singapore for a couple of months, and contributed in building an internal audit tool for one of the top banks in Asia. Currently, I am working as Software Engineer 3 at Condé Nast, where I contribute on building consumer revenue products for brands like Architectural Digest and The New Yorker among others.

I specialize in building Full-Stack applications primarily using JavaScript; sometimes as an Individual Contributor, sometimes with a team. I have built products using frameworks and libraries like Angular, React, Vue, and Svelte. I have also used CSS frameworks like Material UI, Bootstrap and Tailwind CSS, but I do prefer writing CSS from scratch. I use NodeJS for building server side applications with frameworks like ExpressJS and HapiJS. I know my way around a database system and have worked with MongoDB and MySQL. For automated deployment of applications, I have leveraged CI/CD tools like Jenkins, Circle CI, Github Actions, Travis CI and Netlify. For personal projects I use Digital Ocean, Heroku and Firebase.

When I’m not an individual contributor, or doing operational work, I spend my time mentoring junior engineers, help in conducting Technical Interviews and writing technical documentation. I also review Pull Requests and share knowledge on pair programming sessions with my direct reports and co-workers, all the while making sure they are happy, engaged, learning, and have what they need to be highly functional contributors.

I took the liberty to build a fancy Resume showcasing my work history in a timeline, coupled with some infographics for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! 🥂

🎮 Fun

Outside of work, I focus on completing (LOL?) my side projects, contribute a little bit to open-source software and try to solve problems on Stack Overflow. I love playing video games. I am currently playing No Man’s Sky and Control on my Xbox One S. I plan on upgrading to a Series X (when that thing is in stock 🙄). I read a lot of Sci-Fi novels, and 2001: A Space Odessy is one of my favourite science fiction book. I recently bought a Rasberry Pi 3 which I plan on using to build a fancy automation workflow by linking all Wi-Fi enabled devices in the house, kind of like Jarvis v0.1.

P.S: Feel free to reach out on Twitter if you want to chat. 💬 (I need… friends 🙃)