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Durham, NC — firstname.lastname@example.org
How I can help you:
- I design software/business systems and subsystems, either solo or as part of a team.
- I can create documentation to any required level of detail. (I like documentation; it makes my job easier.)
- I'm deeply into PHP and fluent in SQL (especially MySQL, though I have also worked with other variants)., with at least 5-10 k hours of coding time (best guess).
- I am intimately familiar with Linux system administration, especially the LAMP stack
- I typically learn new technologies by using them, so am willing to attempt whatever other tools you might need me to become familiar with; in return, I will let you know if I see any better options.
Job interviews: I no longer do initial interviews via phone.
These are not deal-breakers, but if they are a problem I will agitate whenever I bump into them:
- 2018.05 - 2019.02 -- PaperDemon: creating and maintaining features for an art-sharing web site written with PHP, MySQL, and Smarty templates.
- 2018.01 - present -- hosting/maintaining toot.cat, a popular (1000+ users) Mastodon instance
- 2011.07 - 2014.11 -- Swashbuckler Interactive: creating and maintaining features fur multiple web sites in PHP and MySQL, often using Drupal.
- 2007.09 - 2010.04 -- ResearchBuy: created MediaWiki skin to match PhotoShop images, integrated with PayPal to support content paywall; web site maintenance
- 2007.09 - present -- Sage & Swift / Watts Grocery: network, web, email, and software maintenance for a catering business and a restaurant
- 1998.11 - 2001.06.13 -- Carrier Transicold: writing and maintaining business applications using MS Access, Visual Basic, MS SQL Server
- 1997.09 - 1998.10.19 -- Pierce Manufacturing: developing user interfaces in C++ for computer control of auxiliary systems in fire engines
- 1990 - 1991 -- Duke University Humanities Computing Facility: developing neural network simulations for natural language processing applications in Pascal and C++
- 1985 - 1989 -- Brown University: developing data collection and analysis programs in FORTRAN and Pascal for behavior research
A full history of my computing experience is here.
- Developer hiring and the market for lemons "...almost [every employer] uses the same filters [for screening applicants], so everyone ends up fighting over the 30 people who they think are solid. When people do randomized trials on what actually causes resumes to get filtered out, it often turns out that traits that are tangentially related or unrelated to job performance make huge differences."
- Normalization of deviance in software: how broken practices become standard
- 2017-07-24 12+ Ways Job Applications Discriminate Against Applicants: you're always up against the "cream of the crop", and what constitutes "cream" can be quite arbitrary
- 2014-06 Inside the Mirrortocracy
- ...though I'm still struggling with proper configuration of SMTP servers such as Postfix.
- Don't ask me to produce flawless code on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Whiteboard coding tests are silly and ineffective. I took one once, thinking it was just a basic test of familiarity with code – but apparently it actually mattered to someone that I made a syntax error. When writing freehand code. Seriously.