Hi 👋

My name is Christian Olear but everybody calls me Otsch.

I am a Web Developer living in Linz (Austria) and currently I am working on crwl.io, which will be a new web crawling and scraping service that will allow you to rapidly configure crawlers to fetch data from the web in an automated way.

On this page I will write about my entrepreneurial journey and as well about programming stuff.

I also maintain the open source project crwlr.software, a collection of open source PHP composer packages for web scraping and crawling tasks. Check it out!

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.