Repraze is my username and this is my site. I'm constantly developing, building or playing with something - this site is way to push myself in sharing those experiences with the world.
You'll find anything from tutorials to product or software reviews and possibly goodies to download for yourself.
I've always been into tech and especially computers for as long as I remember. Growing up, I would spend my days hacking around on the home computer, either creating basic mods for games or useless visual basic scripts.
I build my first website at 11. I wish I kept screenshots of the site - truly horrendous. Back then it was just a collection of HTML pages hosted on a free shared Apache server given by my internet service provider. The site had no real content, mostly pictures of tigers, and I was rebuilding it on a weekly basis. I was tinkering with HTML tables and putting images as background to get things like rounded corner or centered content working.
HTML/CSS was evolving a lot and very unstable. JS was mostly something fun to hack around and add small functionalities to websites like collapsible containers, add some snow to the page or have text follow the cursor.
I then learned about PHP when I was trying to build my first CMS like system. The idea of having a personal admin portal only I could access from anywhere in the world was a big driver.
At school I was into scientific subjects like Math and Physics. It was mostly an excuse to play around with my Casio calculator and create some basic programs on it. Software engineering wasn't as big and popular as today, but after graduating I decided to roll the dice and move to the UK to study the field.
I was trying to find a unique name I could "own" before registering a new domain. I was having fun with a simple audio editing software at the time, changing the speed of the playback, adding filters. Certain words sounded broken - playing with "rephrase" became "repraze".
I didn't think I would keep the name after all these years, but thinking about it now, it's fitting: As a programmer, we just copy and build upon decades of work and innovations.