I’m a Canadian software engineer working at Connected. My app PicText was on Apple’s App Store. I wrote the app the Brooklyn Nets use to plan courtside plays. I like to write code and words, make music, take photos.

You can mostly find me on Github. Get in touch via email.

Education

BA - General Computing Queen’s University (2014-2017)

Work experience

Software Engineer at Connected, August 2019 - Present

Web Software Engineer

  • Executed large scale refactor of client’s Ruby On Rails application to add support for french language translation.
  • Rapidly prototyped application to view DXF files for client. Application could manipulate DXF elements and export the manipulated canvas to JSON.
  • Lead development team of internal dashboard tool, mentoring intern developers and contributing to the codebase in Go and React. Deployed application on internal server with Docker.

Developer at Rietta, Inc - July 2018 - July 2019

Ruby on Rails developer specializing in secure agile full stack web application development.

  • Wrote conversion task to OCR PDF files stored in AWS and indexed them in Elasticsearch.
  • Maintained and extended web application used internally by Georgia State Lawyers for the coordination of legal cases and internal documents.
  • Assumed lead developer role to complete client effort using code reviews and agile methodologies to finalize project.
  • Implemented token expiration functionality on the open-sourced devise-2fa gem: github.com/williamatodd/devise-2fa

Developer intern at H&L Digital NYC - March 2018 - July 2018

  • Worked on whiteboard application for the Brooklyn nets

Ruby on Rails Developer intern at Shopify - September 2017 - January 2017

  • Refactored entire order alerts Rails model, allowing extendability and reducing complexity
  • Worked on maintenance task to backfill every order with a currency, aiding in decoupling selling and settling currency on the merchant’s side
  • Performed various front-end and back-end fixes to allow for multiple currencies in Shopify Payments.

Mobile Developer intern at RedBit development - April 2015 - July 2015

  • Junior mobile developer specializing in C# Xamarin development
  • Worked on front facing component of taxi app that was accessible to illiterate drivers
  • Developed a brochure application to display PDF’s downloaded from their site for presentation using JSON, asynchronous web requests, and C#.
  • Wrote blog post on deploying to enterprise development

Developer intern at Mysterious Trousers - April 2014 - July 2014

  • iOS and web intern, working on Firehose iOS chat app in Objective-C
  • Improved and refactored log-in user experience, notification views, and improved usability on web.
  • Fixed usability and performance bugs on backend of chat server

Personal Projects

ImageUploader - A complete image sharing social network

  • Deployed on a Digital Ocean server, written in Ruby on Rails, images served as static content from Nginx.
  • Features include user sign-up/authentication, image uploading, following of users, newsfeed of images from people you’re following.
  • Implemented background queueing system using Resque and Redis to create image thumbnails asynchronously without blocking the main thread in order to save bandwidth.
  • Utilizes carrot-lang, a template language I wrote to give users control of the layout of their personal page.

PicText - A Picture to Text Convertor

  • On app store, programmed in Swift, over 600 downloads.
  • Created to send picture messages over an SMS plan for free by encoding images into binary picture data that can be copied to the messages app.

Extracurriculars

Queen’s Hack Nights, 2014-2015

  • Weekly meet up where Queen’s students get together and work on side projects, as well as discussing programming news and related topics to development.

FRC Robotics for 4 years, 2010-2014

  • Specialized in image recognition code to find targets autonomously.
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  • Mentored freshmen and sophomore students in programming and robotics

Languages

Python, Swift, Ruby, Java