Martin Vrkljan, Developer in Samobor, Croatia
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Martin Vrkljan

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Software Developer

Samobor, Croatia
Toptal 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.


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




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.

Work Experience

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


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.


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.
2004 - 2011

Master's Degree in Software Engineering and Information Systems

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing - Zagreb, Croatia


Google Maps, jQuery, Modernizr, jQuery UI, Google API, PhpSpec, Node.js, SoundCloud API, Facebook API, X (formerly Twitter) API


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 (ECR)


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


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


Docker, NetBeans, WordPress, Linux


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


Writing & Editing, Google BigQuery, Cloud, APIs, Big Data

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