Tino Tkalec, Developer in Zagreb, Croatia
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Tino Tkalec

Verified Expert  in Engineering

PHP Developer

Zagreb, Croatia
Toptal Member Since
October 23, 2014

Tino is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience in creating native Windows and web applications. He has a strong experience with the LAMP stack and the ability to refactor spaghetti code into reusable and testable code.


Office Ready (via Toptal)
Sass, Gulp, Redis, MySQL, jQuery, Laravel
REST, MySQL, Git, Laravel, PHP
Mercurial, CSS, HTML5, jQuery, MySQL, CodeIgniter, Laravel, PHP




Preferred Environment

PHP, Mercurial, Git, PhpStorm

The most amazing...

...app I've built is a political portal for grading politicians based on various media news events with advanced statistical analysis algorithms.

Work Experience

Software developer

2014 - PRESENT
Office Ready (via Toptal)
  • Supported the client in moving towards their MVP release.
  • Created advanced statistical analysis algorithms for determining correlations between user's ailments and everyday activities.
  • Responsible for full-stack development.
  • Created Gulp build scripts for production environment.
  • Set up production servers with automatic deployment from Git repository.
Technologies: Sass, Gulp, Redis, MySQL, jQuery, Laravel

Senior Software Developer

2014 - 2014
  • Created a reusable Laravel package for deep integration with Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms.
  • Supported the client in moving towards their MVP release.
  • Introduced the BDD-style testing concepts into the development workflow.
  • Built a REST API for communicating with a Raspberry Pi device.
  • Handled project management tasks.
Technologies: REST, MySQL, Git, Laravel, PHP

Senior Software Developer

2013 - 2014
  • Refactored the code base.
  • Implemented a new payment gateway and optimized the payment flow.
  • Optimized SQL query performance.
  • Built a Point of Sale System.
  • Migrated a relational database to a new optimized database schema.
  • Created a new system administration interface.
  • Created a new internal billing and finance system.
  • Implemented an improved logging system.
Technologies: Mercurial, CSS, HTML5, jQuery, MySQL, CodeIgniter, Laravel, PHP

Software Engineer

2011 - 2014
  • Created a WPF application for managing and analyzing Forex trading activities, with integration into the MetaTrader 4 platform.
  • Created a MetaTrader 5 trading panel that simplifies Forex risk management and trading.
  • Developed an application for analyzing skin types using DirectShow technologies, with patient database management and skin care products recommendation engine.
  • Developed MetaTrader 4 trading robots and indicators.
  • Created advanced statistical analysis algorithms for determining current and past popularity of politicians and political parties.
  • Created a data mining app in .NET technology for the purpose of market research and business development.
Technologies: MetaTrader 4, CSS, HTML5, Git, jQuery, JavaScript, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), PHP, .NET

Lead Developer

2009 - 2012
Dizajn VG
  • Was responsible for developing and planning projects architectures.
  • Developed a heavily modified OsTube CMS portal written in PHP, using Smarty templates.
  • Handled PSD to HTML conversions.
  • Developed WordPress themes.
  • Developed an application for managing working orders and internal client database.
  • Created a custom plugin for Wordpress CMS that implements Nokia OVI maps.
Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, JavaScript, jQuery, Git, ASP.NET, C#, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), WordPress, PHP, .NET

Software Developer

2006 - 2008
  • Created a Visual Basic 6 application for controlling custom built robot via LPT port.
  • Developed web application for human resources management.
  • Created a Visual Basic 6 native Windows application for managing National Cheerleading Championship.
  • Developed web application based on PHP for product auctioning.
  • Created various Wordpress themes.
Technologies: Visual Basic 6 (VB6), MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, PHP, Windows Forms (WinForms), VB.NET, C#


An on-site social media marketing platform with RFID access control and deep social network integration.


An event ticket selling system.


Political portal where users get to score politicians and their political parties based on news events.

FX Dashboard

A desktop application that serves as a centralized place for analyzing currency trading activities in Foreign exchange market (Forex). It features seamless integration with MetaTrader 4 platform that enables the user to keep his trading journal up to date, along with all the necessary analytics tools for improving his trading.

Easy Order

A MetaTrader 5 trading Expert Advisor that simplifies Forex risk management and trading.

Skin Analysis 2

Software for microscopic skin analysis and patient management.


Web portal for finding products, services or companies in your town.


Web portal for sharing knowledge base of random life related questions.

Utilitas Client Manager

Custom built web application specifically designed to improve productivity client’s business processes. Features managing working orders and client database.

Amalgam Data Miner

Software for data mining various forums for further statistical analysis, market research and business development.
2007 - 2012

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Software Engineering

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing - Zagreb


Blockchain Specialization

The State University of New York & University at Buffalo


Hardware Security

University of Maryland


Software Security

University of Maryland



University of Maryland


Usable Security

University of Maryland


jQuery, Facebook API, Twitter API, Windows Forms (WinForms)


Microsoft Visual Studio, Mercurial, PhpStorm, LINQ to SQL, Git, Gulp, Expression Blend


Laravel 5, .NET, Bootstrap, Laravel, ASP.NET, CodeIgniter, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), AngularJS


JavaScript, PHP, SQL, C#, HTML5, MQL, CSS, VB.NET, Visual Basic 6 (VB6), Sass


Refactoring, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Design Patterns, REST


Windows, iOS, WordPress, MetaTrader 4, Linux


JSON, Database Modeling, MySQL, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, Database Performance, Redis

Industry Expertise

High-frequency Trading (HFT)


Lean Development, Web Services, Architecture

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