Coen Jacobs

Coen Jacobs

Helping people overcome a huge challenge rocks!

Expertises

Skills

  • Social nerd
  • Always be optimizing code
  • Fluent in sarcasm (and Brabants)

About me

As a backend developer, I’m passionate about optimizing code and about making sure it runs as fast and safely as possible.  

Stereotype developers may prefer to lock themselves up in dark, moldy attics. I like to think of myself as a reasonably social person, though. I enjoy meaningful conversations. It helps me understand the challenges that our clients and my co-workers face. That’s where I get really excited; helping people solve a complex challenge.

WordPress and its community have positively surprised me some 12 years ago. Yep, I’m one of those people actively working with WordPress way back when themes and plugins didn’t exist yet. It’s incredible to see how far the software and community have developed over the past years.

"The common ground between other fields within our profession makes this work all the more interesting."

Coen Jacobs
Developer

Outside the WordPress bubble

After I worked inside the WordPress bubble for many years, it was time for me to shake things up. I took a break from WordPress and WooCommerce for a while. And chose to work on other projects and programming languages instead. That led me to Laravel, the Symfony framework, and the (for me at that time still relatively unknown) React/Javascript-land.

During my time outside the WordPress bubble, I learned lots of techniques and best practices. Many of these, I apply in my WordPress work every single day. It was never my intention to permanently leave WordPress. Which is why I’m back now. So, in hindsight, I’m incredibly happy I made that decision.

Life outside a computer

As I mentioned before, I’m not that nerd, locked up in his mancave in the attic, working on his computer all day and night. I’m a craft beer aficionado, can talk about it for hours (while enjoying it as well, obviously) and like to share my passion for it with friends and family.

I also like to work in the garden, where I have built my own greenhouse, with an aquaponics set up inside of it.

"When I’m a grown-up, I’d like to do this on a larger scale and help to solve the world food problem in a sustainable way."

Coen Jacobs
Developer

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