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Rick van Hattem

Rick van Hattem

Very experienced Python and Postgresql architect with a vast experience in scaling and helping others

Amsterdam (+01:00)
Dutch, English
Author of Mastering Python (https://www.packtpub.com/application-development/mastering-python), a book to teach advanced Python programmers everything they need to master the language. No cure, no pay for specific problems. I only accept issues if I'm confident I can fix them in a short amount of time. Always happy to give advice :) Over the last 15 years I've started several companies and according to Stackoverflow I've helped ~3.2 million people using my knowledge. I'm one of the top Python contributors on Stackoverflow and have over 30k points. My main interests are scaling of large infrastructures and websites to millions of users as I did with my last large startup (fashiolista.com). I have many years of experience consulting people and companies with varying programming, dba and sysadmin problems. My profile only shows my main expertise but I have experience with a vast array of technologies so please don't hesitate to ask for advice on any matter. Generally I am available from 10:00 to 0:00 Amsterdam time (GMT+2).
Python expert help Python - 15 years experience
Python has been my language of choice for a long time, I've used it for scientific research, to start companies and to help people all around the globe with my many open source programs, libraries and scripts. In addition to that I'm one of the top Stackoverflow contributors and definitely in the top 10 for the Netherlands.
Devops expert help DevOps - 17 years experience
18+ years experience with Linux, 20+ years experience with programming. Experienced with scaling systems with high traffic (millions of users) and/or large amounts of data.
No icon Postgresql - 13 years experience
I have been an avid user of Postgres since version 7.4 and very experienced in scaling Postgres systems to millions of users. I have done consulting for several large companies while working for 2ndQuadrant and reviewed a few Postgres books as well.

I'm the author of the book Mastering Python, ask me anything about Python or the book

Hi, my name is Rick van Hattem and I've been a Python (and PostgreSQL) advocate for a very long time. My main area of expertise are scaling infrastructures to accommodate for large amounts of users...

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It's a pleasure working with Rick. He is very skilled and experienced and managed to come up with beautiful solutions to my problem.
Ahmed Nov 10, 2016

Rick has expert level knowledge of Postgres performance. I highly recommend him!
Adam Derewecki Oct 13, 2016

Again, Rick is incredibly fast, fundamentally understands how servers and Django functions and is pleasant to work with. He's been incredibly helpful and makes great recommendations.
Ethan Jan 02, 2016

Rick was wonderful to work with. He saved me hours and hours of time in just a few minutes. Wish I would have messaged him earlier!
Ethan Jan 02, 2016

went the extra miles to compile and package the Lupa extension for Windows. A+++
Scott McCallum Aug 06, 2015

very knowledgeable in python, flask and celery. look forward to working with him again.
Scott McCallum Aug 01, 2015

Anna Jul 12, 2015

This mentor really helped me overcome problems with Python. He also helped me improve my skills by explaining exactly what he was executing. A great mentor all round.
Francesca Jul 10, 2015

Rick van Hatten is confident, knowledgeable, patient, and an excellent mentor. I am a beginner, but worse, the kind of person who asks many questions. Rick was able to answer all my questions, clearly and concisely. When I need help, I will be hoping he's available.
Miriam Jul 05, 2015

Rick provided me the consultation and actionable direction I needed.
Jarad Jul 05, 2015

Experience shows clearly when you can identify problems quickly. You can tell when someone thinks clearly. Does not matter what the problem is.
Asle Benoni Jun 24, 2015

Did a great job, quickly wrote the query and optimized it.
Jeffrey James Jun 23, 2015

Clearly knows his stuff but we seem to have run into a Python bug combined with a badly configured server so not much luck resolving the problem.
Sebastian Jun 23, 2015

Rick was great, helped me fix my issue quickly and was super responsive
Bryan Pellegrino Jun 15, 2015

He knows his stuff. Would like to work with him more.
Michael Jun 01, 2015