Martin Vrkljan, Software Developer in Samobor, Croatia
Martin Vrkljan

Software Developer in Samobor, Croatia

Member since March 26, 2014
Martin is a developer with many years of experience building robust and clear web applications. He is continually following, learning, and applying new and modern technologies. He is a fan of pragmatic programming, minimal design and well-communicated interfaces.
Martin is now available for hire


  • Runtriz
    Docker, Google BigQuery, Laravel, PHP
  • Inqui
    JavaScript, Ember.js, Laravel, PHP, Phoenix, Elixir
  • Omega Media
    Grunt, JavaScript, Stylus, CSS, MySQL, PHP



Samobor, Croatia



Preferred Environment

JetBrains, Git, Sublime Text, Cloud, Docker, Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is a web application that generates a fully functional database, CMS, and administration panel according to user input configuration data.


  • Back-end/API Developer

    2016 - PRESENT
    • Built a notification system which integrates several third-party APIs such as Twilio, Postmark, and
    • Worked on an API server application which communicates with an Ember.js client.
    • Built a custom analytics service which pushes activity data to Google BigQuery and creates custom reports from stored data.
    • Migrated old code from Laravel 4.X to a new Lumen-based build for the application API.
    Technologies: Docker, Google BigQuery, Laravel, PHP
  • Owner, Freelance Developer

    2016 - PRESENT
    • Built rich Ember.js client apps backed with Phoenix framework on the back-end.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Ember.js, Laravel, PHP, Phoenix, Elixir
  • Back-end Developer

    2014 - 2016
    Omega Media
    • Developed a custom, flexible CMS written in Laravel.
    Technologies: Grunt, JavaScript, Stylus, CSS, MySQL, PHP
  • Front-end Developer

    2015 - 2015
    Conversion Systems (via Toptal)
    • Built HTML5 templates using Foundation framework.
    Technologies: Sass, HTML5
  • Full-stack Developer

    2015 - 2015
    Embry (via Toptal)
    • Built a custom WordPress plugin to connect to a doctor-patient scheduling service API and allow patients to schedule an appointment.
    Technologies: JavaScript, APIs, WordPress, PHP
  • Front-end Developer

    2015 - 2015
    Simpleview (via Toptal)
    • Built HTML5 templates using Foundation framework.
    Technologies: HTML5, Sass
  • Front-end Developer

    2014 - 2014
    Jivial (via Toptal)
    • Developed a robust content editor for a social network (Jivial) which handles user-formatted text and media such as audio, video and image galleries.
    • Integrated communication between Vistia video streaming/uploading service and Laravel application.
    Technologies: Laravel, PHP, JavaScript
  • JavaScript/HTML Developer

    2014 - 2014
    Moodzer (via Toptal)
    • Modified a jQuery plugin ( for a client who needed custom behavior for his website.
    Technologies: HTML, JavaScript
  • Programmer

    2009 - 2014
    • Wrote a low-level, low-overhead, custom-made PHP framework to suit the company's workflow.
    • Wrote a generator app for generating a fully functional CRUD CMS.
    • Worked on highly interactive, media-intensive interfaces with support for all major browsers.
    • Learned cool new technologies like Stylus, CoffeeScript, Node.js, and Grunt.
    • Worked on full-stack jobs, building complete, front-to-back websites and applications.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP


  • Luminark (WIP)

    Laravel-bases, rapid development toolset. Open source, heavy WIP.

  • Endokrinologija Web

    This was a short and sweet project that I worked on with a talented designer. I sliced the design files and handled full stack coding of the (CMS-backed) website.

  • Potlista

    A portal for the alternative music scene. I was responsible for the full stack development of the (CMS-driven) website. The design files were delivered in Adobe Illustrator format.

  • The Garden Festival Site (via

    A website for the Garden Festival music festival site.

  • CSS Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
    This resource contains a collection of CSS best practices and CSS tips provided by our Toptal network members.


  • Languages

    CSS, PHP, CSS3, Elixir, Sass, JavaScript, SQL, HTML, HTML5, CoffeeScript
  • Frameworks

    Laravel, ZURB Foundation, Phoenix, PHPUnit, Ember.js, Sails.js, Slim
  • Tools

    Stylus, Docker Compose, Behat, BigQuery, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Git, Composer, Sublime Text 2, Grunt, PhpStorm, Chrome Developer Tools, Sublime Text, JetBrains, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR)
  • Other

    Writing & Editing, Google BigQuery, Cloud, APIs, Big Data
  • Libraries/APIs

    Google Maps, jQuery, Modernizr, jQuery UI, Google API, PhpSpec, Node.js, SoundCloud API, Facebook API, Twitter API
  • Platforms

    Docker, NetBeans, WordPress, Linux
  • Storage

    Google Cloud, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MySQL, PostgreSQL


  • Master's Degree in Software Engineering and Information Systems
    2004 - 2011
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing - Zagreb, Croatia

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