I'm Derek, a professional web developer. I'm passionate about sharing the knowledge I've aquired in the last twenty+ years I've been coding. I've lost track count of how many languages I've written code in.
I’ve been contracting in various sectors (IT/hosting/generic consulting) as well as founding several startups that never made it off the ground. These were mostly limited to the eCommerce space and the sports/entertainment industry.
nPrima - 2015 (Python/Docker)
In this startup I helped design and implement an experimental advertising platform that was aimed at audience segmentation and content management. We developed a simple tracking pixel, a web scraper and distributed state machine.
NFL Code - 2017 (Python/Django)
In 2018 I took on a small NFL related app and was unsure how to access real-time data from the nfl. I found Andrew Galant’s NFL code. It was unmaintained so I ended up forking it and am now the one driving the project.
Ozo Coffee, Co - 2018 (IT + Wordpress)
I was hired as their interim director of IT. I went a bit out of my comfort zone here but it was really fun. Ozo is the busiest coffee shop in Colorado. It was here that I;
- Migrated from an outdated Point of Sales system to Square
- Fixed order workflow/systemic issues
- Implemented coffee subscriptions
- Implemented internal company server
Shmusi.cc (Django Rest / React+Redux)
In 2019 I embarked on a startup in the music streaming services. My goal is to help musicians monetize their content. Currently, its bare bones and essentially a bare bones SoundCloud clone. I have some pretty neat features up my sleeve that I am excited to work on in 2020.
After Authentic8 dissolved their remote offices, I was sent back to the drawing board. I had a goal at this point to learn 100% of the skills needed to design and build web applications. I doubled down and learned django/python.
At this point I had realized how crucial app configuration was. I dove into the linux command line full force. Learned vim/tmux and the basics of system administration. VMs where next on the list. For about 3-4 months I was diving into vagrant, packer and hashicorp. It was at this point that I was recommended Docker and I have never looked back!
It was at this time that I finally ackwoledged the importance of tests.
In 2012 I was recruited by a small startup out of San Fransisco with the team that built postini. A step down in title to work with industry leading programmers was worth it. I have never been such a small fish in a big pond.
I embarked on an opportunity to develop front-end code for HostGator, a fortune 500 company. I relocated to Austin, Texas. Within 3 months I had a team of developers under me and had been promoted to Senior UI/UX developer. I was in charge of;
- editing and maintaining the HostGator.com website’s front-end. (over 3.5 million unique visitors at the time).
- Developing interenal support User Interfaces (chat mainly).
- Managed a team of 5 developers
We took on some very interesting projects. Beyond the bread-n-butter e-commerce gigs we built;
- An api framework w/ matching UI components
- An impound lot inventory managagement system
- A fitness app (calory counting, etc)
I applied to Kiosk Information Systems where I worked directly under my first and favorite boss; William Malone. I had experience in PHP/MySQL/HTML, but, I didn’t have any clue how little I knew until I worked with William. William taught me the art of debugging and laid the foundations for my career. This was a “Full-stack” role before that term existed. From query optimization, to making pretty buttons; I touched every aspect of their reporting platform.