It’s a blog!

My very own professional WordPress blog is here! As awkward as the first post of any blog is to write, I’ll give it a try.

I am Daniëlle Suurlant. I’ve been a web developer for nearly 15 years, and a computer geek for much longer. In this blog I’m going to talk about what I’m doing, learning and seeing as a developer. The real kicker is that I’ve been out of the loop for 3 years. You might imagine that if you take a long journey of self-discovery, fall into some bad luck along the way, and you finally come back to find your home covered in JavaScript frameworks — it’s a bit of a shock! Thankfully the old giants are still standing — I’m more than familiar with backend PHP, Symfony and .NET.

I’m in the smack dab middle of my job search and of course, this blog is an important part of that. I’m also getting my dev self back on track by attending usergroup meetings such as 010PHP and at the end of the month I’m attending Joy of Coding 2017. You’ll find write-ups of these events right here.

What is it like for a developer to walk back into their field of expertise after a long absence? Technology moves fast, and it’s certainly believed that if you don’t keep up, you get left behind. I plan to prove the contrary, showing that it doesn’t take much to reactivate over a decade of accumulated knowledge and skills. Let me show you the answer to that question and more.