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Background


About

About

I am a full-stack web developer looking to refine my skills with Ruby/Rails and front-end Javascript frameworks.

Work Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior Web DeveloperKingandmcgaw.com (previously Easyart.com)

    Feb, 2001 - Present15 years 8 months

    King & McGaw is a UK-based ecommerce website which sells art prints and posters worldwide. A recent overhaul of platform to a service-oriented architecture will position the company to offer their services to retailers through a standard API while continuing to power avariety of in-house and white-label commercial websites.

    • Helped design & write a service-based system to power a multi-language/multi-currency website. The new platform is comprised of many simple cloud-based services using Ruby/Rails, Backbone.js, and Elasticsearch using Heroku.

    • Refactored and added automated testing to a Backbone app which is the core of the public-facing business. The entire business depends on this single web page working as best as it can.

    • Helped construct a continuous deployment workflow where new developers could confidently push code on their first day. This was quite a leap forward from the old system.

  • Software Q.A. Tester, McKesson Healthcare - Pittsburgh PA.

    Dec, 1989 - Dec, 19901 year

    Responsible for executing end-user and software test plans on robotics medication dispensing systems

  • Contractor (design, server admin)AllergyCosmos

    Jan, 2009 - Jan, 20123 years

    Design and server administration. E-commerce website on the Magento platform.

  • Contractor (technical SEO consultant)Guidepal

    Dec, 2010 - Dec, 20133 years

    Drafted URL structure and outlined SEO plan for which increased visitors by more than 300% in the following 2 months. Helped developers with the many changes and redirects, and managed the transition which saw no loss in SEO rankings for the businesses top keywords.

  • Contractor (design, server admin)Arteposter (no longer trading)

    Dec, 2010 - Dec, 20133 years

    Coding, database, SEO. Arteposter is an Italian e-commerce website written in PHP (CodeIgniter) with a MySQL database and SOLR search engine.

Skills

Skills

  • Web Development (Back-end)
    Ruby (Rails, Sinatra, RSpec)PHP (Codeigniter, Zend)
  • Web Development (Front-end)
    HTML/Haml/CSS (Sass, LESS, Responsive design)Javascript (Backbone, Jasmine, jQuery, Grunt/Gulp/Yarn)Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Server-side admin
    MySQLElasticsearch, SOLR*nix AdminMongoDBRedis
Education

Education

  • Applied Computer Science, Bachelors Degree, University of California, Pennsylvania

    Sep, 1995 - May, 2000

  • A.S. Robotics Systems Technology and Design, Associates Degree, University of California, Pennsylvania

    Sep, 1995 - May, 2000

Interests

Interests

  • Cycling

    100+ miles per weekCategory 4 racing - beginner
  • Photography

    Abstract/CityscapePortraiture
  • Travel

    Moved from U.S. to Europe after university (2000)Lived in Paris for 6 yearsTravelled to over 20 countriesand to over 35 U.S. States