About Vinicius Horewicz

I’m a 34-year-old software engineer from Brazil, living in London.

I was born and raised in Brazil. My father was a colonel and telecom engineer of the Brazilian Army, probably this is where my pragmatism and passion for technology came from. That’s also why I moved a lot. I’ve lived in four of the five regions of Brazil. We, sons of militaries, joke about our chameleonic ability to adapt to new environments.

I’m passionate about well-designed code, simplicity and elegant solutions. I strive to create maintainable software that is easy to change and extend. I love object-oriented design. I’m also an advocate of the Unix philosophy and behaviour driven development.

I believe open and clear communication is the key for a better life, work and software. I always reflect and evaluate where I can improve my talks and writings to be more straightforward, and my code to be more expressive and intention revealing. “Clarity is better than cleverness” is my mantra.

I love to automate things to make mine and others lives easier. I’m constantly excited about creating genuinely meaningful value for people. I have a keen eye on good user experience and interface, even though it is not my expertise. That’s why I appreciate to work hand-to-hand with designers and customers, applying as much as possible top-down approaches and specification by examples.

I’ve worked exclusively as a Unix-like systems and network manager for more than 5 years. During my BSc in Computer Science I worked for the IT service’s main office of UFSC and for the RNP in the Point of Presence of Santa Catarina (PoP-SC), managing the university’s network and delivering services to support research, learning and teaching.

For the last 8+ years I’ve been working mostly with software development and agile practices. Such experience in multiple areas made me what people call a “full stack web developer”.

These days I’m working as a Ruby/Rails developer. I’m also giving Go and Clojure a try. I’m interested in working with small teams, laser-focused on one SaaS product and delivering real value to customers. I hope to collaborate with talented people in order to share and gain as much knowledge as I can.

As an individual, I’m very friendly and optimistic. I love to teach. It’s priceless to see a person or a child overcome their obstacles after your advice. I used to give Capoeira classes and I’m also huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. When I’m away from the computer, chances are you will find me pumping iron or training capoeira.