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Matthew Smilansky

Software Developer

About Me

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        I was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Israel with my family at a very young age (!כן, אני מדבר עברית). I then moved back to the United States in late childhood, where I've been living ever since.

        I've always had an affinity for technology. When I was 4 years old, my parents purchased a Windows 3.1 PC, and I was immediately hooked.

        I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. I've always been a big reader and enjoy writing from time to time (check out my blog).

        After graduating college, I started developing an interest in computer programming and began learning how to code websites and web applications. And here I am now!

Tech Stack / Tools:


12 Hour Study

A Pomodoro timer app aimed at boosting productivity. The app generates reports based on your study habits, and gives you an idea of how much studying you're doing over time. The app was inspired by the "study with me" trend of videos on YouTube, which often feature an on-screen Pomodoro timer.

Built with Next.js, Express.js, MongoDB, React.js, Nivo, and Chakra UI.

Live Demo


A word game that challenges users form as many heterograms as possible before running out of time. Allows for OAuth 2 login via Google and GitHub. Features a leaderboard listing the highest scores.

Built with Next.js, Prisma, PostgreSQL, and Tailwind CSS/UI.

The Grind

A mock website for a fictional coffee shop. Features an online ordering system with e-commerce components.

Built with Next.js and Tailwind CSS/UI.