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I'm Simon
Frontend Engineer from Berlin
Latest blog posts

Pimp Your GitHub Profile with Books You Read

Keep the books you read in sync with your GitHub profile README In this post I’d like to show you how to use GitHub Actions to automatically sync your Goodreads books you read in your GitHub profile README. I created goodreads-profile-workflow for devs that love to read and like to share what they read. You can customise the input parameters to your liking: list the books you’re currently reading, last 5 books you read and even add your personal ratings, too.

Useful Npx Packages for the Developer's Everyday Life

Npm comes with a neat tool called npx that lets you directly execute packages from the npm registry. It temporarily downloads it behind the scene and won’t pollute your local or global npm environment. In this post I’ll skip useful packages that are bound to libraries and frameworks like Angular’s ng, react’s create-react-app or capacitor’s cap. I focus on packages that have helped me through my daily life as a developer.

Time to Say Goodbye to Google Fonts

I’ve used Google Fonts in prototypes and in 10M+ MAU products. It’s incredibly easy to get started with and provides an amazing font discovery. That’s also why it’s currently still used on over 42M websites! This convenience has its price: Performance. Many have already pointed out the cost of multiple requests. If you want the remaining speed boost, then you’re best off downloading your used Google Fonts and self-host them.

Simon Wicki
Simon Wicki
Previously Head of Frontend at JustWatch. Co-organizer of @IonicBerlin. Creator of https://notyfy.co. I love building things, coffee and books. Berlin.
Ionic · VueJS · Angular · React · SSR · Capacitor / Cordova

Work Experience
2019 — now
Freelancer

Working on existing and new hybrid apps, planning and implementing component based frontend architecture in existing enterprise setting, SSR, migrating frontends to newer frameworks.

2015 — 2019
Head of Frontend

At JustWatch I was responsible developing and maintaining one of the biggest Ionic hybrid apps in the world with 12M monthly active users over iOS, Android and web.
Fully migrated the code base from Ionic v1, AngularJS and Cordova to Ionic v4, VueJS, VueX, Capacitor and TypeScript.
Conducting A/B tests while maintaining a high functioning SEO site. Lead a team of frontend engineers.

  • 12M monthly active users
  • Web, Android, iOS
  • One of the biggest Hybrid Apps in the world
  • AngularJS—later rewritten in VueJS and TypeScript
  • Ionic

2011 — 2015
Freelancer

Working on landing pages, full stack solutions and web apps.

Projects
JustWatch
Ionic · VueJS · Capacitor · AngularJS · TypeScript
Notyfy
React · Redux · TypeScript · Chrome Extension · Ionic
Facebook Messenger Chat Bot
NodeJS · Facebook Messenger · Heroku
Game Music Player PWA
Angular · Ionic · PWA
PWAs mit Ionic
Workshop Barcelona · 2017
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