Hi, I'm Ruben Arakelyan, a Cornwall-based experienced full-stack web developer and technical leader. Find out more about me, about this site or about my setup.
I also write longform articles.
12 September 2019
A few months ago, my wife and I made the decision that it was time to pack up our things and move out of London. That may sound like a sudden move, but it becomes much more understandable when explained that she is originally from the area and it’s more of a homecoming. For me, the London born-and-bred type, it’s a much larger change, but I nevertheless undertook to dive fully into the move and make the most of this opportunity to “start again”.
26 March 2019
In November 2018, I became one of two lead developers on GOV.UK. Coming from being a mid-level and then senior developer, the step up to becoming a lead is a large one where
a lot of attributes of being a developer change and one suddenly has a lot more autonomy over many parts of the role.
5 November 2018
There are a lot of services and infrastructure behind GOV.UK. Serving millions of requests on a regular basis requires a whole set of supporting services, as well as a team to look after it all and make sure it performs to its best.
18 September 2018
GOV.UK is a large site. With dozens of apps, hundreds of publishers, tens of thousands of pages and millions of visitors, it’s no mean feat to keep it up, running and always improving.
26 March 2018
Over the last six months, I’ve been the technical lead of a team working to improve the email subscriptions that we offer on GOV.UK.