David Kaplan, M.Eng.

web application and ecommerce developer

David Kaplan, M.Eng.
Based in: Czech Republic Czechia Working area: global (living in Canada, Vancouver area)
Status: at your service Languages: English, Czech
Listed in: Development & Tech

Hello World! — Here's a quick summary of who I am as an independent professional in just four sentences:

  1. I develop web applications and ecommerce projects, both large and small.
  2. I code in JavaScript and React JS.
  3. I build ecommerce solutions on the Shopify platform.
  4. I evaluate and analyze digital projects.

I have a Masters degree in Engineering (M.Eng.) from the Czech Technical University in Prague, and have produced a number of elaborate digital products. I work for organizations that care about people, products, and the environment. Thanks to my well-developed software, both my clients and their customers can achieve their goals and make a significant impact.

I work well both independently and in teams. If we don't agree on a fixed fee, my base rate is €50 per hour, excluding consultations and training.

Here’s what I offer in terms of services:

  • Web application development
    • Project analysis — Transition your project from idea to realization by setting the right goals. This includes a discovery session and software design documentation which your developers will be sure to understand.
    • Web applications — Benefit from a custom front-end developed with modern JavaScript and the React.js framework, ensuring an application that's user-friendly for you, your employees, and your customers.
    • Web development — Enhance your website so it has a greater impact. I can custom code your website, do custom edits or build your website on an existing content management system (CMS).
  • Shopify development
    • Basic online store — Get your store up and running to generate sales in a few weeks. Includes template design, essential setup, and basic third-party integrations.
    • Advanced online store — Distinguish your store from the competition. Get a custom design, essential setup, third-party integration, and the importing of your existing products.
    • Customizations — Customize your store beyond Shopify’s boundaries. Get design template edits, custom development, and consultations.

Are you interested in working with me? Send me a message with an outline of your project, and we’ll take it from there.

Portfolio highlights

Ahinsa Shoes online store Ahinsa Shoes online store (product detail) Ahinsa Shoes online store (News section) Staropramen brewery Shopify store Staropramen brewery Shopify store Staropramen brewery Shopify store (product detail) Staropramen brewery Shopify store (t-shirts) Bulovka Hospital app screen Bulovka Hospital app screen Bulovka Hospital app screen Bulovka Hospital app screen

Selected references

  • Conceptica — I was working with Conceptica as a lead front-end developer on software for a major Czech hospital. Our goal was to develop an internal application that would speed up the administration process for medical staff. The app supports the treatment of 1,000 patients in 21 clinics, and 500,000 emergency patients annually, saving approx. 5 minutes of examination for each. I also collaborated on a website for the local branch of the Czech government.
  • Brainz Disruptive — I collaborated with the Brainz Disruptive team as a Shopify expert to develop a custom theme for Staropramen, a major Czech brewery's Shopify store. My role was to ensure that the template integrated seamlessly with Shopify's admin features. I also set up the rest of the administrative functions and performed custom coding on individual store pages.
  • Rueckwand24 — I was hired to do custom code edits on their existing Shopify store.

Why work with me

  • I am reliable. I keep my word and deadlines.
  • Honest and clear communication.
  • I always consider the big picture and the impact of my work on your business.
  • Experience in project management.
  • I thrive in teamwork. When faced with tasks beyond my skill set, I seek expert assistance, allowing me to handle more complex projects..

Reasons to consider someone else

  • I only take on projects that I believe have value; otherwise, it's not for me.
  • Development can be expensive.
  • I strictly work during business hours. However, there are days, like fresh-powder days for skiing, climbing excursions, and expedition opportunities, when it's hard for me to say no.

The importance of planning in custom development

Quality and sustainable development are crucial parts of every well-planned project. Despite the expense and time-consuming nature of development, many companies neglect the planning and preparation phase. It is not as simple as saying we want a new tool for our CMS system.

It's crucial to have clear goals and a vision for each project, ensuring no important steps are overlooked. Yet, too often, developers are tasked with creating a complex tool based solely on a brief description, bypassing crucial planning and evaluation. This very often leads to the rework of major parts of the project and costs valuable resources.

It is essential to invest ample time in analysis and then complete a minimum viable product (MVP) as early as possible, reviewing it with users or customers. Development should be broken down into small chunks and reviewed often. This process requires honesty and transparency from everyone involved.

David Kaplan, M.Eng.

Contact details

David Kaplan, M.Eng.
U Krcske vodarny 5
140 00
Czech Republic, European Union
Mobile:+1 604 908 468 6
VAT ID:CZ03474615

Firsthand recommendations

I was lucky enough to work with David on an exciting project for Bulovka Hospital development in React.js. We had a developer leave the company and I'm very pleased that David was able to replace him quickly, find his way around and finish the project. David is communicative and thinks up the individual concepts of the project himself with an emphasis on UX, which is a significant bonus. For this reason, we also brought David on board for other sub-projects.

Petr Havlicek

We originally intended to hire David to sketch the website, but ended up hiring him as a consultant. Why? Because, taking into account the advice David gave us, we adjusted the scope of the project, saving a significant amount of money. The correspondence was always completely professional on David's part. In addition, he was not reluctant to join in several video calls to add clarification to the information we provided and to add additional recommendations. David is very meticulous and always takes the time necessary to the task at hand to ensure the best result that can be achieved. I would hire him again without hesitation!

Paul Gerald

Although I was often unable to provide David with feedback on certain aspects of the project due to the workload on earlier engagements, David not only managed to deliver exactly what I asked for but even improved the project in some respects. If you are looking for someone who can think critically while doing the highest level of quality work, I highly recommend working with David.

Bradley Thompson
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