Filip Arneric

Filip Arneric

Intro / Career

I started freelancing for mostly UK based agencies during my studies in hometown Belgrade. After finishing my studies I received an offer from a small but very creative agency based in Prague called Kitchen. Accepting that offer was probably the deal of my life.

At that time I was the only developer in the company yet we were quick to win our first few awards. As more work came in, so did the opportunity to expand the team and to become the most awarded Czech based agency with more than 20 awards for web. These achievements and the devotion to the team later made me a partner in the company.

Motivation

The biggest motivation for me to become a developer was the rapid evolution of web technologies. Every day there is something new, a fresh approach or libraries which makes this industry so exciting, especially when I think about the things which may be possible tomorrow.

Tips / Tricks / Tools

I am especially excited about webGL as it can totally change the way we see the web. Recently we were working with one amazing library and a 2D webGL renderer called pixi.js and we were amazed with the possibilities and the ease of use and highly recommend it!

The huge expansion of javascript and possibilities of web browsers define my career. As single page websites are becoming standard these days, we can play around with many javascript frameworks such as backbone.js, angular, ember, etc. They all have one thing in common - they are meant to be used in the combination with the some kind of RESTful API.

Unfortunately, most of the popular content management systems lag behind the needs of today's web. There are not many API driven CMS systems on the market and none of them really suited all our needs, so we decided to build our own CMS with three main goals. It had to be API oriented and platform independent. This means that the same content can be published not only on web page but also on any other device (ie. mobile app).

The third and maybe the most important requirement was to have an extremely flexible content model which would enable most of the functionalities we could think of straight out of the box. Basically a CMS that can fit the needs of the every project without any further modification.

Finally after few years of development I am happy to announce that the platform will be released within the next few months as an open source project called Cookbook. The modular design of our front-end framework is built on backbone.js and the flexibility of the CMS increased the speed of development by a factor of a few times, so we hope others will find it as useful and helpful as we do.

Experimentation

In Kitchen we've been experimenting a lot with Agile development processes and pairing up designers and developers side by side from the beginning of the project. We believe that the cooperation and understanding between these two sides is the key to make a successful design and UI/UX.

Support

And of course everything is much easier with the support of our company's mascot and my most loyal friend Simba the Rhodesian Ridgeback!

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