If you dream about software developers, there is a distinct possibility you’ve already seen my face. And although based on that cameo appearance you are doubtless consumed with a mad desire to immediately cast me in the role of computer hacker or undercover agent in your next blockbuster film, permit me take a moment to apprise you of a few other desirable traits I possess apart from my dashing good looks and scintillating repartee.
(If you still want me to star in your movie after reading the stuff below, fine. Contact me. But I’m telling you, you might be missing out on some good software development.)
The Three-Sentence Summary
I’m a full-stack software developer with over thirteen years of professional experience working at companies ranging in size from just a few employees to over 4,000. My specialty is developing web applications, but I’m also competent in Windows desktop development, database design and implementation, and basic server administration. The greatest reward of developing software is wrapped up in the reason for its existence: to solve real people’s real-world problems.
The Gritty Details
What, you’re still not ready to hire me? Fine. Here are some more clues about just what I’m capable of.
Languages and Technologies
I divide languages and technologies into two general categories: the stuff I’m proficient at and can make use of immediately, and the things I’ve worked with in the past but would need to brush up on before making productive use of them today.
- C# (.NET)
- web applications (ASP.NET)
- desktop applications (Windows Forms)
- the core language
- Dialects include SQL Server, MySQL, SQLite
- WordPress plugins and theme development
- General-purpose quick-and-dirty web scripts
- I like it handcrafted, semantic, and pragmatic
- I’ve been eschewing table-based layout and heralding semantics since before it was hip to do so
- I strive for cross-browser compatibility but I also enjoy using latest-and-greatest features, with a shim if necessary
- I’ve engineered and maintained a variety of magic things that take some XML in one end and produce more, or sometimes less, but always different (and frequently pleasing) XML out the other end.
- Rails framework
- General-purpose scripting
- GIS scripting
- General-purpose scripting
- Windows-based application deployment automation
- Service monitoring scripts/health checks
- Hobby realtime projects, websocket notifications
- Web Services Framework for developing APIs
- ASP.NET MVC framework
- Been a while since I’ve used it in production, but I’ve written and maintained a couple of apps with it and unquestionably enjoyed doing so.
I’m generally competent at relational database design and implementation, and specifically competent in the following technologies:
- SQL Server
- versions 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, and Compact Edition (CE)
- version 5.1+
- for whenever I need a reliable standalone data store
I’ve dabbled with NoSQL databases (specifically MongoDB), but I haven’t yet used one in a production environment.
- (Web) Graphic Design
- I enjoy making things look nice. Some examples include Simplified Organization, Simply Convivial, and this website.
- Test Automation
- I’ve spearheaded test automation efforts using Ranorex automation software, saving QA time and improving application test coverage.
Ready to talk more? Contact me!