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Hi 👋

My name is Christian Olear but everybody calls me Otsch.

I am a passionate (PHP) Web Developer and Founder living in Linz (Austria). Currently I am working on crwl.io , which will be a new Web Crawling and Scraping SaaS Tool, that will allow you to rapidly configure crawlers to fetch data from the web in an automated way.

If you want to get some data from the web and need help with that or have questions around this topic, I'm always happy to help. Don't be shy and contact me!

I am passionate about qualitative software development, an open web and open source software. So, I also maintain the open source project crwlr.software, a PHP library for web crawling and scraping. Check it out!

On this page I blog about coding, a little about my entrepreneurial journey and share other things about my work.


My friend Florian Bauer recently posted an article saying that PHP needs a rebranding and that he would rename it to HypeScript. Here's my two cents on that subject.

If you're just starting out in web development, then one very fundamental thing to learn on your journey will be HTTP. I learnt it bit by bit over the course of years, probably like many other Developers. Learning the basics in the very beginning will help you to (faster) identify, understand and solve many problems in the projects you will build. In this post I'll start with an overview.

For a few weeks I'm unemployed now and starting to build my own SaaS project. A very obvious change to my job last year is that I'm alone now and not solely responsible for coding anymore. Here some thoughts on what I think you should focus on and how to organize and juggle it all.

Today I am celebrating that I have finally quit my job and decided to start my own business. I'll try to document my journey and my thoughts on that topic for anyone who is interested. I don't know if it will be successful or fail, but at least you will then know one way how not to do it. Let me start by telling my personal story that led me to this point.