About

I am Eakan Gopalakrishnan and you can view my resume online by clicking here.

I am on LinkedIn and other networks as you can already see from the social links on this blog but I have not kept it up to date as I did not want my employer prying on changes to my profile 😃.

Early Life

I was born in India, raised in United Arab Emirates and now live and work in the United Kingdom.

Curiosity is what got me into computers. I only really had a personal computer by 1998. Everything about it fascinated me and I wanted to learn how it worked and how to make programs and build them. Gradually that led me to major in Computer Science at University.

Career

I started off my career officially in Tech in 2007, as a database developer writing stored procedures and packages and building several extract, transform and load applications for a Telecom Giant.

In 2013, I finally got a chance to work as a full stack application developer in a .NET application. I enjoyed the ability to switch between front-end and back-end. This also gave me a general idea of the different aspects of a web application, not just stopping at the backend, but also with continuous integration and delivery.

As time went by, I had the opportunity to not just develop, but also design, lead and manage a team and even take the role of a scrum master in an Agile project. It was funny when I realised what was claimed to be Agile Scrum at my first official job in Tech, was far from it!

What do I like

Having spent about 6 years since 2015, juggling management, scrum mastering, delivery and software engineering, I realised that what I enjoy the most is solving technical problems and helping those around me achieve their goals through coaching and mentoring. I love it all. The former feeds my curiosity, the latter gives me a sense of fulfillment.

I love sharing what I learn and sometimes make the time to prepare tutorials in simple words that help people get started on a particular tech or tool.

What do I write about

I mainly write about my experiments with frameworks, programming languages, tools, or software engineering in general and sometimes about lessons I learned from engineering management.

If you go far back in this blog, you may find a collection of posts I wrote several years ago, on Blogger and Wordpress and other platforms. I recently unified and put it all in one place, as I decided to write more often. I am not proud of my writing at that point of time. But I did keep it to remind me that I worked on Linux, Perl and some cool database technologies 😉.

I have a wide variety of interests, some of them include:

  • Photography 📷, Music 🎵 and Dance 💃
  • Running 🏃‍♂️ and Cycling 🚴‍♂️
  • Reading 📚 (fiction and non-fiction)