Teodor Talov - Chief Software Engineer

Teodor Talov

Chief Software Engineer
Sarasota, FL

About Teodor

I’m the Chief Software Engineer here at Forward Force. I lead a cross functional team of talented software engineers

I started writing code in highschool more than 20 years ago. I haven’t really stopped ever since. I commit code almost every day of the year, that’s all verifiable in my github history. I started programming as a hobby, which turned into a lifelong affair and I can’t wait to see where tomorrow takes me.

I started with PHP, it was PHP3 back then. I used Dreamweaver as my first IDE and I was fascinated by what I was able to create. Setting up Apache server on my local machine was the hardest thing I had ever done at that time, I was afraid that one day it would break and I won’t ever be able to recreate it. Today, I just docker-compose up and ta-da! After some years, I stumbled upon Zend Framework 1 and it seemed like the greatest thing ever, then CodeIgniter, Zend Framework 2, Symfony, Zend Framework 3, and of course Laravel. PHP has gone a long way, it is no longer the wild west of the Personal Home Page, it is now standard driven, reliable, mature, and performant technology powering good amount of the Internet. I never write a single code of PHP without a debugger, var_dumps and dds is not really my style.

I also know a thing or two about JavaScript. When I started working with JavaScript professionally the JavaScript world was owned by PrototypeJS and Scriptaculous, I think this is when JavaScript started making sense. Today, JavaScript is the only thing that truly lives in the future. We take it from the future, compile it down to something more realistic and run it. Always bet on JavaScript. I have seen and done it all – Backbone, Require, Angular, React, React Native, Vue, Electron, Node, you name it.

I have passion for building mobile apps, I really like Swift and SwiftUI, I never miss an opportunity to write some Swift and get a notification from the App Store that my app is “Ready for Sale”!

I also specialize in DevOps. I truly believe that if a good software engineer will be able to run and scale their primary language whether that is PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, etc. I have spent hundreds, possibly thousands of hours configuring AWS products.

I started Forward Force in 2012 because I wasn’t happy. Prior to going on my own, I worked for various companies, checkout my LinkedIn. I loved the work but hated the vibe, software development was a thankless job so I decided to go on my own and it worked! Once upon a time, I was alone, hacking away day in and day out. Today, I have team of people sharing my vision as to how to build digital products, I still hack away day in and day out, but I’ve got amazing people beside me.

Over the years, we have worked with dozens of clients, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing but it has always been successful. I met bright and bold clients, risk takers, hustlers and I learned from every single one of them. I learned what to do and what not to do.

Most important lesson though is one on responsibility. We as software engineers are often given a carte-blanche, a blank check, benefit of the doubt that we will make the right decisions, will do the right thing for both the product and its users, their privacy and security; failure is not an option.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Florida Gulf Coast University

If you are curious, drop me a line at teodor@forwardforce.io

Experience Highlights

PHP

JavaScript

DevOps

Project Management

Swift