Aäron De Pauw, Developer in Antwerp, Belgium
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Aäron De Pauw

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Full-stack Developer

Location
Antwerp, Belgium
Toptal Member Since
November 10, 2022

Aäron is a full-stack developer and designer with 10+ years of experience using JavaScript and PHP. He is passionate about front-end development and specializes in React and React Native. From quick prototypes to extensive and complex experiences, he analyzes projects in detail, listens to client needs carefully, and delivers a finished product with the best possible stack. Aäron enjoys freelancing, always taking projects to the next level.

Portfolio

Freelance Clients (Ari)
React, React Native, CakePHP 2, Symfony, CouchDB, Symfony 4, Laravel, Figma...
De Mensen
React, React Native, CakePHP, MySQL, Firebase, Cloud Firestore, Figma...
VRT
AngularJS, JavaScript, Sass, Drupal, MySQL, Sketch, Jira, Confluence, Elastic...

Experience

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

JavaScript, PHP, CakePHP, Redux, MySQL, Expo, React Native, React, Telegram Bots, Animation

The most amazing...

...job I've performed is managing people, writing code, and consulting on development and design as the front-end developer of VRT, a media company in Belgium.

Work Experience

Full-stack Developer and Designer

2014 - 2023
Freelance Clients (Ari)
  • Crafted the Buddii platform using React and Firebase, offering a cutting-edge solution that generates valuable data from slideshows, ultimately assisting clients in boosting their sales.
  • Contributed to Aurum, a fitness app in React Native with a React/Firebase back end that serves as a bridge between clients and coaches, offering a range of sophisticated features, including chat, timers, an extensive exercise database, and forms.
  • Spearheaded the design and development of the SaaS B2B platform for Cocom. Cocom operates as a rental platform, much like Airbnb, but with a focus on individual spaces and rooms rather than entire buildings.
  • Served as a digital creative for numerous talented artists, including, among other influencers, Tom Waes (a presenter), Matthias Schoenaerts (a Hollywood actor), Makasi (DJ), and Erko Jun (Sport).
  • Created software for a well-known coffee brand in Thailand, Red Diamond. The brand powers the brand's vending machine. Using a custom-developed app, customers can easily place orders and conveniently retrieve their selected products from the machine.
  • Created an online campaign for the "Undercover" TV show, exemplifying the power of shared purpose. With our extensive network, we created a huge online experience. The result was an engaging online game that resonated with over 15,000 participants.
  • Managed the design and front-end development for projects at Jorissen & De Jonck, a recruitment and selection agency based in Antwerp. They specialize in serving companies and candidates in the engineering, construction, and financial sectors.
Technologies: React, React Native, CakePHP 2, Symfony, CouchDB, Symfony 4, Laravel, Figma, Sketch, Photoshop CC, Adobe CC, Node.js, Firebase, Cloud Firestore, Google Analytics, Flash, AngularJS, MySQL, Redux, TypeScript 3, Webflow, Strapi, Stripe, Payment APIs, Linux, Apache, Debian, CSS, HTML, APIs, Mobile, Front-end, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Next.js, Socket.IO, Real-time Data, Marketplace Platforms, SaaS, JavaScript Charting, HTML5, Angular, React Redux, Web Development, Mobile Development, iOS, Android, Cloud Storage, Full-stack, Location Services, Live Chat, Internet of Things (IoT), JSON, CRM APIs, API Integration, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Flutter, Vue, Bootstrap, Git, Mobile Apps, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Mobile First, Google Maps, Cloud Platforms, Firebase Cloud Functions, API/Services Architecture, REST APIs, Startups, Microservices, Full-stack Development, SQL, Data Visualization, GitHub, jQuery, SMACSS, MVC Frameworks, Front-end Development, TypeScript, DigitalOcean, Databases, Videos, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), WordPress, GraphQL, Headless Commerce, ECMAScript (ES6), Google Analytics 4, Google Tag Manager, React Native for Web, SEO Tools, Tailwind CSS, Webpack, YARN, WebSockets, PostgreSQL, CI/CD Pipelines, Shopify, ChatGPT, Machine Learning, Mobile UX, Apollo, Camera API, Web, Web App Development, Web UX, Web UI, Web3.js, Web Hosting, Web3, Front-end Design, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Python, Progressive Web Applications (PWA), Web Applications, Mobile Applications, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Single-page Applications (SPA), Vuetify, OpenAI, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Algorithms, Mobile App Development, Google Cloud, Back-end Development, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), Stripe API, UI Design, UX Design, AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Python 3, Telegram Bot API, Telegram Messenger API, Social Media APIs, TikTok, Facebook API, HTML5 Banners, Web Design, Adaptive Design, Bitbucket, API Development, Front-end Architecture

Senior Full-stack Developer

2017 - 2019
De Mensen
  • Created and built the primary website for De Mensen, a production company specializing in video content production for major broadcasters such as Netflix, VRT, Medialaan, and others.
  • Developed and designed an intranet system using CakePHP, CouchDB, and jQuery. This system is still actively used for various functions, including reservations, invoice management, and meal ordering.
  • Had the privilege of kickstarting one of Belgium's most-watched TV shows. Eén and VTM joined forces with presenters Tom and Koen for various challenges. The audience determined the challenges, resulting in a flood of ideas.
  • Engineered the complete voting system, set up the servers, and designed the interface for Night of the Stars, the prestigious Belgian award celebrating excellence in TV and film.
Technologies: React, React Native, CakePHP, MySQL, Firebase, Cloud Firestore, Figma, Photoshop CC, JavaScript, AngularJS, CSS, HTML, APIs, Mobile, Front-end, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Real-time Data, SaaS, JavaScript Charting, HTML5, React Redux, Web Development, Mobile Development, Cloud Storage, Node.js, Full-stack, Location Services, JSON, CRM APIs, API Integration, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Git, Mobile Apps, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Full-stack Development, SQL, GitHub, jQuery, MVC Frameworks, Front-end Development, Databases, Videos, Google Analytics 4, SEO Tools, CI/CD Pipelines, Web, Web UX, Web UI, Web Hosting, Front-end Design, Progressive Web Applications (PWA), Web Applications, Mobile Applications, Single-page Applications (SPA), Mobile App Development, Google Cloud, Back-end Development, UI Design, UX Design, Facebook API, HTML5 Banners, Web Design, Adaptive Design, Bitbucket, API Development, Front-end Architecture

Lead Front-end Developer

2014 - 2017
VRT
  • Elevated digital presence for VRT, Belgium's top TV network: StuBru, MNM, Eén, Radio 1, Radio 2, Klara, and more.
  • Collaborated with the team at MNM.be, one of Belgium's largest radio stations, where I handled the development of their primary website and numerous campaigns that attracted thousands of daily visitors.
  • Empowered StuBru's impactful campaigns, engaging 780,000 daily listeners and 1 million monthly web visitors. Led web development for Belgian audience.
  • Revamped Radioplus back end API, fueling VRT Belgium's prime radio app, radioplus.be, serving a substantial user community.
Technologies: AngularJS, JavaScript, Sass, Drupal, MySQL, Sketch, Jira, Confluence, Elastic, CSS, HTML, APIs, Mobile, Front-end, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), HTML5, Angular, Web Development, Dating Apps, JSON, CRM APIs, Git, Mobile Apps, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), JavaScript Testing, Full-stack Development, SQL, GitHub, Waterfall Methodology, jQuery, Accessibility, MVC Frameworks, Front-end Development, Databases, Videos, SEO Tools, YARN, CI/CD Pipelines, Architecture, Web, Web App Development, Web UX, Web UI, Web Hosting, Front-end Design, Progressive Web Applications (PWA), Web Applications, Mobile Applications, Single-page Applications (SPA), Google Cloud, Back-end Development, UI Design, UX Design, Facebook API, HTML5 Banners, Web Design, Adaptive Design, API Development, Front-end Architecture

Back-end Developer

2014 - 2014
DPG Media
  • Played a pivotal role in reimagining the digital television experience by overseeing the design and development of Stievie, a groundbreaking app for live TV streaming and movie content.
  • Worked in collaboration with Belgian TV channels, harnessing the power of API calls to seamlessly curate a comprehensive TV Guide, deliver tailored advertisements, and stream digital video content.
  • Pioneered the prototype, which served as the foundation for the beloved final app embraced by millions of users.
Technologies: REST, PhoneGap, JavaScript, Sketch, jQuery, CSS, HTML, APIs, Mobile, Front-end, HTML5, Web Development, JSON, CRM APIs, SQL, GitHub, Waterfall Methodology, MVC Frameworks, Databases, Videos, Web, Web UI, Mobile Applications, Back-end Development, Web Design, Adaptive Design, Bitbucket, API Development, Front-end Architecture

Back-end Developer

2012 - 2014
Mia Interactive
  • Developed the database and management system for Diamonds in Antwerp using Symfony 2 with Composer, Twig, and SCSS.
  • Built little websites in CakePHP with MySQL, designing in Sketch, Photoshop CC, and Illustrator CC.
  • Made many websites for small clients, like bookstores, in Drupal with a team of one developer and one designer.
  • Created my first app in PhoneGap and jQuery with a custom map for Kolonies, a route in the Belgian hills with a fascinating history.
Technologies: Drupal, Symfony, Flash, CakePHP, MySQL, Composer, Twig, SCSS, Less, Photoshop CC, Sketch, Illustrator CC, CSS, HTML, APIs, Front-end, Marketplace Platforms, SaaS, Mailchimp, HTML5, Web Development, Location Tracking, SQL, GitHub, jQuery, Databases, Laravel, Web, Front-end Design, Single-page Applications (SPA), Back-end Development, Web Design, Adaptive Design, Front-end Architecture

Web Developer

2012 - 2012
Sevenedge
  • Handled projects like plopsa.be and campaigns for Volvo and mcdonalds.be, mainly using Drupal, CakePHP, and Flash.
  • Created custom modules, translations, and many more for McDonalds and Plopsa, working in Drupal and leveraging my PHP knowledge.
  • Led several campaigns and mini-websites with CakePHP and MySQL, which became my preferred framework in the upcoming years.
  • Built banners for campaigns, mainly for Volvo, which were later exhibited on several Belgian websites.
Technologies: PHP, CakePHP, Drupal, Flash, CSS, HTML, Front-end, User Interface (UI), Web Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SQL, GitHub, jQuery, Databases, Web, Web Hosting, Front-end Design, Single-page Applications (SPA), HTML5 Banners, Web Design, Adaptive Design, Front-end Architecture

LocalOTG

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/localotg/id6483535783
I developed an innovative travel app designed to connect locals with travelers. I took on the full-stack developer role in this project, overseeing the design and back- and front-end architecture.

I created the admin panel using React and built the mobile app with React Native (Expo). The back-end services were implemented using Express.js (Node.js) to handle notifications, and Firebase Firestore was utilized for back-end data management and authentication. The technologies used in this project include React, React Native (Expo), Express.js (Node.js), and Firebase Firestore.

Buddii Platform

https://buddi-tool.web.app/
I have developed a comprehensive SaaS platform utilizing React and AI technologies to streamline the sales process. This platform leverages AI technology to generate visually appealing presentations from a single text input, allowing users to present information to clients and gather valuable insights effectively. The platform also includes various data views to present information in a structured and comprehensive manner. I have personally handled the entire project, including designing the user interface using Figma, developing the front end using React, and implementing the back end using Firebase.

User: john.doe@mail.com
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Jorissen & De Jonck Recruitment

https://www.jorissendejonck.be/
Jorissen & De Jonck is an Antwerp-based recruitment and selection agency specializing in serving Belgian companies and candidates within the engineering, construction, and financial sectors. I had the opportunity to contribute to their success by handling both the design and front end development aspects of their projects. Utilizing Figma, I created visually appealing and user-friendly designs that aligned with their brand identity. For front end development, I leveraged React, a popular JavaScript library, to build dynamic and interactive interfaces. Additionally, I implemented the back end using Strapi, an open-source headless CMS, ensuring seamless content management and efficient data handling for their website or application.

Talenco Website

https://talenco.be/
Talenco is a renowned industrial consulting agency that provides individuals with opportunities to work in prestigious companies like Pfizer and Pharma. As part of my role, I developed Talenco's website, utilized CakePHP and other relevant tools, designed various components, and implemented diverse back-end services.

Using CakePHP, I created a robust and dynamic website for Talenco, ensuring a smooth and seamless user experience. Additionally, I leveraged my design skills to craft visually appealing elements and user interfaces that align with Talenco's brand identity. Furthermore, I implemented various back-end services to enhance the functionality and performance of the website, catering to Talenco's specific requirements.

Through this comprehensive development process, I aimed to create a website that effectively showcases Talenco's expertise in the industrial consulting domain, attracts potential clients and talented individuals, and provides an intuitive platform for seamless interaction.

Coupeza

https://jetsetari.com/p/coupeza
Taking it to the next level in product development, I ventured to Shenzhen for an immersive journey into the hardware realm, embracing the challenge of crafting a product from concept to completion. My role encompassed product design, software UI/UX, and software development using React Native. Collaborating with skilled freelancers Alexander, Kenneth, Jonas, and Made, we meticulously designed the casing, the PCB, and the drivers, developed and designed the software, the use cases, and more.

Aurum App

https://jetsetari.com/p/aurum
I have created Aurum, an innovative fitness application designed to bridge the gap between clients and coaches. This app facilitates seamless communication between coaches and their clients, allowing them to connect through video calls and chat and enabling coaches to create personalized workout and meal plans for their clients.

Aurum was developed using a combination of cutting-edge technologies, including React Native, Redux, TypeScript, Firebase, and SaaS. The mobile app itself was built using React Native, ensuring a smooth and responsive user experience. Redux was utilized for efficient state management, TypeScript for enhanced code quality and maintainability, Firebase for back-end services and data storage, and SaaS for further scalability and ease of deployment. Additionally, the dashboard for managing the application was created using React, providing coaches with a user-friendly interface for managing their clients and their fitness plans.

Cocom

https://jetsetari.com/p/cocom
Cocom is an innovative project that shares similarities with Airbnb, aiming to connect communities and enable co-city living through its Property as a Service (PaaS) platform. As part of the development team, I was responsible for creating the B2B environment using React with TypeScript. This environment includes a wide range of features, such as Google Maps filters, group functionality, analytics, user profiles, and many other valuable capabilities.

To ensure a seamless user experience, I designed the entire interface using Figma, focusing on intuitive and visually appealing elements that align with Cocom's brand and user expectations. The back end development, specifically utilizing MongoDB, was handled by other skilled developers on the team.

Through the development team's collaboration, we aimed to create a robust and user-friendly platform that connects communities, provides convenient property services, and fosters co-city living. React, TypeScript, Figma, and MongoDB combined enabled us to deliver a feature-rich and visually captivating B2B environment for Cocom's users.

MNM Website

https://mnm.be/
MNM is a highly popular radio station, boasting an impressive listenership of approximately 700,000 people, with over 53,000 daily visitors to its website. I had the opportunity to work on extensive campaigns for this client, taking on the role of lead front-end developer for MNM's website: mnm.be.

The website was built using Angular, providing a robust and scalable framework for developing a seamless user experience. The back end processes data using Drupal, utilizing its powerful capabilities and REST API integration. The campaigns for MNM were crafted with industry-leading design software such as Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator), Sketch, or Figma, allowing for visually captivating designs. The development aspect of these campaigns involved using a combination of React, PHP, or Angular, depending on the specific requirements and project scope.

Overall, my involvement in MNM's projects encompassed delivering high-quality front-end development for their website, leveraging Angular and Drupal to process data effectively, and collaborating with various design software to create visually compelling campaigns.

StuBru Website

https://stubru.be/
StuBru is a prominent Belgian radio station, boasting an impressive daily listenership of around 780,000 individuals and attracting approximately 1 million monthly visitors to its website. This remarkable level of engagement positions it as one of the most popular websites in Belgium. I had the privilege of working on extensive campaigns for this client, serving as the lead front-end developer for their primary website.

The website itself was developed using Angular, a powerful and flexible framework that enables the creation of dynamic and responsive user interfaces. In conjunction with Angular, the back-end data processing was facilitated by Drupal, which effectively manages and serves data through its REST API integration.

Libraries/APIs

React, jQuery, REST APIs, Node.js, React Redux, Vue, Google Maps, React Native for Web, Camera API, Web3.js, Stripe API, Telegram Bot API, Telegram Messenger API, Social Media APIs, Facebook API, API Development, Stripe, Socket.IO, JavaScript Charting

Tools

Figma, Expo, Git, GitHub, Webpack, ChatGPT, Bitbucket, Flash, Composer, Photoshop CC, Sketch, Illustrator CC, Adobe CC, Google Analytics, Jira, Confluence, Elastic, InDesign CC, Cinema 4D, Apache, Mailchimp, JavaScript Testing

Frameworks

React Native, Laravel, Next.js, Angular, YARN, CakePHP, Redux, Flutter, Tailwind CSS, Symfony, Twig, PhoneGap, AngularJS, CakePHP 2, Symfony 4, Bootstrap, Vuetify

Languages

JavaScript, PHP, TypeScript, CSS, HTML, HTML5, Less, SQL, Python, Python 3, SCSS, Sass, TypeScript 3, GraphQL, ECMAScript (ES6)

Paradigms

Mobile Development, UI Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), API/Services Architecture, Microservices, UX Design, REST, Marketplace Platforms, SMACSS

Platforms

Firebase, Webflow, Mobile, DigitalOcean, Web, iOS, Android, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), WordPress, Drupal, Linux, Debian, Shopify, AWS Lambda

Storage

MySQL, JSON, Databases, Google Cloud, CouchDB, Cloud Firestore, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Amazon DynamoDB

Industry Expertise

Web Design

Other

Web Development, APIs, Front-end, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Cloud Storage, Full-stack, Mobile Apps, Firebase Cloud Functions, Full-stack Development, MVC Frameworks, Front-end Development, SEO Tools, Web Hosting, Front-end Design, Progressive Web Applications (PWA), Single-page Applications (SPA), Back-end Development, HTML5 Banners, Adaptive Design, Front-end Architecture, Strapi, Real-time Data, SaaS, Location Services, Live Chat, Dating Apps, Internet of Things (IoT), CRM APIs, API Integration, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Mobile First, Cloud Platforms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Visualization, Startups, Accessibility, Videos, Headless Commerce, Google Analytics 4, Google Tag Manager, WebSockets, CI/CD Pipelines, Architecture, Machine Learning, Mobile UX, Web App Development, Web UX, Web UI, Web Applications, Mobile Applications, OpenAI, Mobile App Development, Telegram Bots, TikTok, Animation, Payment APIs, Vectary, Location Tracking, Waterfall Methodology, Apollo, Web3, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Algorithms, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), Retrieval-augmented Generation (RAG), Vector Data

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