Who am I

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About me

Since 2009 I've been working with Ruby on Rails and many other technologies to build websites and applications. After some years of experience as an entrepreneur and later on as a freelance developer, currently I'm developing myself as a software team lead.

In my free time I host a cooking blog called Recetas de Mamá (Mom's recipes) that has become one of the most popular recipe sites on Spain. Since 2007 we've published around 1000 recipes and three cooking books!

Software engineering

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Engineering Team Lead

Klarna Engineering is organized in several different domains, each domain is split into smaller teams and each of them is composed of a Team Lead, a Scrum Master and 6-7 engineers. Each team, together with a Product Manager, now becomes a Product Team and will be fully responsible of roadmap, stakeholders relationship, technology decisions, ways of working, deployments, on-call...

I'm leading the engineering team that builds tools for a global Customer Support at Klarna. My responsibilities are the delivery of my team, mentoring and coaching team members, supporting the product organization and helping in cross team initiatives.

  • Growing: I was part of the recruiting process that grew our team from 3 to 10 developers.
  • Setting the process: Kanban is our choice and I designed the training material that helped the team to start using it.
  • Become a team: we are a highly efficient team by following the Five Dysfunctions of a Team framework.
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Writing software

Using Ruby I've had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of projects: from working with the CERN to building a financial calculator for energy related commodities or use Cassandra and Kafka for processing cybersecurity related information.

My latest project: building tools for a global Customer Support.

I joined Klarna in February 2015 to build the customer support web interface. We were a team of three developers plus a designer and grew up to 10 people before the end of the year. Our task was to develop an application to fetch and merge information from several microservices and then present available actions to the Customer Support advisor.

The stack

The application is split into a Ruby on Rails REST API plus a Javascript frontend built with Ember. Behind the scenes, the Rails app is an stateless proxy connected to a dozen of other services (transactions log, order management, LDAP, risk tools) and the Ember part is a Single Page App beautifully crafted to make it easy to work with it. Before the end of 2015 we included in our stack an Elasticsearch cluster in order to speed up the search of customer information.

Both Ruby and Javascript codebases have a thorough test coverage at different levels (unit, functional, integration) and are deployed following the principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. While our test suite requires around 6 minutes to run, we improved our deployment pipeline to be able to release a new version in less than a minute after the tests are green. Thanks to that speed, we're releasing an average of 25 new features per week.

Some numbers

  • Elasticsearch: 10M documents, aprox 10Gb of data (by March 2016).
  • Test suite: 99,7% coverage, 6 minutes to run.
  • Uptime: 100% during working hours.

More projects

You might find more information at my Curriculum Vitae .

My time

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Publishing recipes

The story

I moved from Cordoba to Madrid and my mother wrote me a cookbook with simple and delicious recipes. As I couldn't afford to lose it, I published those recipes to Blogger (opens new window). Some months later, she started writing as well and we decided to move to a new address: recetasdemama.es.

Today we're also publishing videos and we have nearly 500.000 followers across different social networks. During this time, we've published three books and had partnerships with amazing brands, like Pyrex, Moulinex and Microsoft!

The numbers

  • Recipes: 12-15 each month since April 2007.
  • Comments: 40 new comments per recipe.
  • Visits: +350.000 unique visitors per month.
  • Countless Friends & Fun

The technology

  • WordPress: great publishing platform that we've customized with our own theme and several plugins.
  • Apache: my preferred web server.
  • Varnish Cache: mandatory piece for improving speed and optimizing resources on the server side.
  • Nikon D3001: for taking pictures and videos.