Full work history and other stuff

The short of it.

Business consultant and full-stack web developer with expert knowledge within the Ruby on Rails ecosystem, Linux server, front-end technologies, and user interface design. I physically reside in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire between Manchester and Keene. I have 9 source repositories on Github and am the #2 contributor to the Quickeebooks gem. I have been involved intimately with the business side of software for almost my entire career and can provide powerful distinctions to enable a software project to be a success.

Good business is linked to great craftsmanship and I am continually honing my discipline. To that end here is my pragmatic programmers book shelf. I also subscribe to Rubytapas and Metacasts.

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Or you can call me at 603-903-5721.

Work History

Full stack Rails developer Motorlot.com Scottsdale, AZ 2012 - June 2013: Contract (15 months)

Motorlot is an application that is radically redefining the independent car dealer software business and I was proud to be part of a wonderful 6 person team for 15 months. All developers were responsible for every part of the web application stack: back-end, front-end, and server configuration. I worked on difficult features such as QuickBooks integration and enabled Motorlot's financing module to work with different types of interest computation. I created a special project in where our Chef server recipes were given the ability to run on a Vagrant VM. This allowed new developers to test and practice with our Chef recipes before deploying live. Moreover, I regularly contributed business and software advice.

Rails developer and Founder Simplton Nelson, NH 2005 - 2013 (8 years: used daily privately but no longer available to the public)

In 2005 our team needed a good issue tracker and nothing we tried such as Bugzilla or Sharepoint fit the bill. I decided to create one. Here is the whole story. I did all the design, graphics, and systems work too. Application is eight years in the making, loaded with features, has an original philosophy, and is used daily.

Rails developer Yesware: Cambridge, MA Dec. 2011 - Jan. 2012: Contract

Besides contributing to their Rails generated back-end, I created the foundations for the automated testing of their Chrome extension using Rspec, Capybara, and Selenium

Principal developer and Co-founder NGJ Express (acquired by Livingston International in 2013): Minneapolis, MN 2002 - Present (11 years): Contract

Venture was near its death about a year-and-a-half into development. We turned to a little known IE browser technology called XMLHTTPRequest to wrap a 12-page app into a single page one. After that we were able to win company-wide adoption. This was 2003, approximately two years before the term Ajax was coined. Today the application is a company cornerstone handling almost all aspects of Customs Brokerage. I also created a permit application system for the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada using the Java Entrust toolkit. Here are some screen shots.


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