Max Fierke

Software Engineer. Enjoyer of Seaside Villages.

Twin Cities born & raised, I live in Minneapolis, MN. I'm currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Technical Writing & Communication, and IT Infrastructure at the University of Minnesota. I work remotely as a Junior Engineer for Boston-based startup Iora Health (but the views expressed on this site are my own).

Here are a few things about me:

  • I've been writing code since 2006.
  • I love to architect and build things, and am learning to love automated testing.
  • I'm the type of person you can throw into a project without documentation.
  • I'm mostly language agnostic. I love certain languages for certain tasks, but I'm happy writing in most languages (except Java and VB :p), provided they have some good tooling.
  • If one can put Linux on it, I've put Linux on it, and may have even helped put Linux on it, or improved the state of Linux on it.
  • I'm attracted to anything having to do with cryptography. I love me a nicely designed Feistel network block cipher.
  • My favorite thing to do, besides programming, is watch comedy (stand-up, sketch, or sitcom).
  • I'm an avid podcast listener and former podcaster (RIP Homebrewcast 2008-2011). I'm a regular listener of The Champs, WTF with Marc Maron, Your Mom's House, and That's Deep Bro.
  • My favorite beer is a toss-up between the Surly Hell and whatever delicious seasonal special Bauhaus Brew Labs has brewing (particularly the Tallander). I rep Twin Cities beer for life!

Cloud Platforms

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Heroku

Database Servers

  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL

Dev & Deployment Tools

  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • Docker Compose
  • Git
  • Vagrant


  • C#
  • C/C++
  • JavaScript
  • OCaml
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby

Web Frameworks

  • Angular 1.x
  • Django
  • Ember
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Symfony 2
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