Senior Software Engineer - Hennadii Alforov


Software developer with 7+ years’ experience in web development. I have a first-class degree in computer science and a passion for programming and software safety. My primary area of expertise is planning and building PHP&JS applications of different complexity.

Full Name: Hennadii Alforov (GAAlferov)

Age: 31

Education: Master's degree (NAU - Kharkiv Aviation Institute) Software Engineer



Full stack Web Developer GAAlferov [PHP&JS]


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My story from 2003 to present

My first acquaintance with web programming occurred in 2003. I learned how to start a local web server, and tried to create the first web pages using only HTML and embedded CSS.


There were simple works with static pages, without the admin panel. But since then I love web-programming and it was the beginning of my career...

I continued to learn the basics of web programming and found out what is PHP language and why it is needed in dynamic pages.


After some time I understood what are GET and POST requests. I could implement a simple HTML form and process sent data. What is database and why is it needed, I realized only in the future.

After university, I started working at the petroleum refinery company as a software developer and my responsibilities included programming on Delphi and fill out a lot of documents.

At first, it was interesting, but after some time I understood that 80% of my work was collecting signatures from the head of a department. I felt that I started degrading as a programmer.


In 2012, the plant where I worked stopped, and all the staff worked only four days a week. Also, management was forced to take a free vacation.

After that, my salary was only 250$ per month, and I tried to find a solution for more money. Firstly, I researched vacancies in large cities such as Moscow and Kyiv. But for getting a good salary, I had to know more than I knew at that time. Also, I had a small child who was only 1-year-old, so I decided to find any jobs on freelancing platforms.

It was difficult to choose a platform, but I finally found the Ukrainian freelancing platform, which is called

The first job I found for only 5$, and it was the task for moving files from the local computer to the webserver and setup environment.

Since May 2012, I realized that I can develop in the freelancer direction. Thus I worked after and before the main work, on weekends, and slept only 4-6 hours. After some time, I improved my skills as a web-developer, found regular customers, and continued my professional growth.

Two years have passed that I combine freelance and primary job, and now in the freelance direction, the salary is 3 times higher. Since 28.02.2014, I left my primary job and have been working as a freelancer.


6 months have passed since I left the Lysychansk Refinery, and I have no regrets about anything. I have been learning a lot of new information about web-programming, became a private entrepreneur, and much more...
Note. At the bottom of the main site of Lysychansk Refinery, you can find information about the developer who created this site and that was me :)
Warm May on the street means that six months have passed, and I can summarize the past tense. The crisis in Russia and Ukraine caught me, and my salary was frozen at the level of December 2014. But that didn't stop me from studying. For instance, since January 2015, I am using the Linux system as a default for my laptop.
I plan to write a personal project by the end of the year on one of the popular PHP platforms and increase my English level to intermediate.


End of 2015, a great time to sum up the past year. Since August, I left the web studio where I worked and totally switched to freelance. Improved English proficiency, but it's still at Pre-Intermediate. In my plans to continue learning English, PHP frameworks, and looking for a new job.
Note. I found a new job and now working as a remote PHP Developer in a small start-up company. The primary responsibility is to write new functionality on the Yii2 framework and integrate it with Memcached and Sphinx.
In August 2016, I ended my career as a freelancer and changed my home workplace to a real office in Kharkiv, so now I live and work here. My current position is Middle PHP Developer, and this is great :)
The main goal for the current year is to increase the level of English proficiency to an average level.


A new year outside the window and today 30.12.2016. Time to take stock of last year. Six months left, but I didn't see any professional improvements because the major project is using an old version of PHP without any frameworks and innovations.
However, I learned how to work with a new system called Piwik and explored the Angular2 JS framework. Besides, working with a foreign customer gave me an impetus to improve my English knowledge. As a result, my goal for this year has been achieved.
March of 2017. I quit my previous job because there was no professional growth. One product company proposed a new job, but its office is located in another city called Lviv. It was a hard decision for my family. However, we accepted the offer and moved to the capital city of IT in Ukraine. So, now I work as a web application developer(full-stack) in the company, which doesn't fear to use hi-tech.


Day before new year (31.12.2017)
The year was hard but exciting. The company I work for fully lives up to my expectations.
The next year's primary goal is to rise from the developer position to the manager and try to work as a team leader. Of course, do not forget to continue learning English.
June 2018
The main goal is achieved, and in May, I started working as a team leader. New opportunities, new connections, new knowledge, that's all I expect from a new position.


December 2018
Significant changes have taken place in the IT company where I work since 2017. From October 2018, they change all structures and decide to use Scrum methodology instead of a waterfall.
After these changes, all leadership positions became unnecessary, and I got a developer position again.
All my free time, I try to spend on improvement, reading books and walking with my family. Also I read 8 books this year, half of which were technical literature and the other on business and time management.
Март 2019 года. Год начался тяжело, компания, где я работал, не подняла очередные инвестиции, в связи с чем сократили 70% персонала, в том числе и меня.
По такому поводу в срочном порядке искал новую работу и нашел очень крутую мировую компанию, в которой собственно теперь тружусь.
Цели на 2019 год:
  • Повышение разговорного и письменного уровня английского (Done)
    • Общения с иностранными заказчиками
    • Изучение новых слов\фраз
    • Преодоление эмоционального барьера
  • Прочитать минимум 4 книги по программированию PHP&JS&Рефакторинг (Almost)
    • Мэтт Зандстра - РНР объекты, шаблоны и методики программирования 4-е издание
    • Джон Резиг - JavaScript для профессионалов
  • Прочитать минимум 2 книги по бизнес тематике (Done)
    • Айн Рэнд - "Атлант расправил плечи" (дочитать 2 и 3 главу)
    • Дмитрий Портнягин - Трансформатор
    • Роберт Т. Киосаки - Богатый папа Бедный папа


Декабрь 2019 года. Год был очень ярким и насыщенным, в плане получения новых знаний и знакомств. С моим приходом в новую компанию, команда PHP разработчиков расширилась с 3 человек до 15, что конечно радует и дает возможность обмениваться знаниями.
В то же время этот год был одним из самых тяжелых с финансовой стороны, особенно повлияло укрепление гривни с 28->23UAH/1$, что снизило зп в гривне почти на 20%, а также неверное инвестирование части денег, в начале года, в сомнительную финансовую структуру. Однако получен огромнейший опыт и сделаны выводы по поводу принятия решений на эмоциях, а так же доверии к некоторым людям.
Что касается намеченных целей на 2019 год, то они выполнены по максимуму и в некоторых моментах даже перевыполнены. Ежедневное общение с носителями языка на английском, дало существенный толчок в его изучении, а также добавило уверенность при разговоре, особенно приятно, когда тебя понимают и ты хорошо понимаешь о чем говорят. Сейчас настал момент, когда уровень владения английского уверенный B1-B2 но до C1 еще далеко и скорей всего без помощи толкового учителя не обойтись...
Все так же продолжаю усердно обучаться, читать множество книг\статей, как по программированию, так и по бизнесу, в том числе и на английском.
Январь 2020 года. Год начался хорошо по всем 'фронтам', и это очень радует, значит силы и энергия направлены в правильное русло. Целей и ожиданий на этот год очень много, постараюсь выделить только самые основные.
  • На 1-ом месте и в максимальном приоритете - это прокачивание своего английского до свободного владения (С1)
  • Расширить круг знакомств (Львов и весь мир)
  • Придерживаться намеченному инвестиционному и финансовому плану, сократить кол-во 'эмоциональных' и ненужных покупок
  • Создать MVP своего продукта (аналог Дедлайн 16.05.2020
  • Выделять время для хобби (спорт и приготовление еды). Постараться максимально освещать в соц. сетях свои результаты (прокачка собственного бренда и английского)
  • Прочитать за год минимум 12 новых книг, по интересующим направлениям: бизнес, программирование, интернет-безопасность, биографии знаменитых людей
  • Перевести сайт полностью на английский
  • Опубликовать минимум 12 технический статей у себя в блоге (на английском)