I’m Paul Herron and I’m a web developer. I build online applications
with tools like CakePHP and jQuery.

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A very brief CV

Technical Skills

Back-End Web Development. 8 years’ experience with CakePHP. Solid knowledge of other frameworks such as Laravel and Yii. Thorough understanding of building maintainable, scalable web applications using object-oriented code and the model-view-controller pattern. Solid experience with PHP 5, MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Front-End Web Development. 7 years’ experience with jQuery. Thorough understanding of HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. Proven experience developing quality, user-focused, accessible and standards-compliant websites. Experience with tools like Backbone.js and AngularJS.

Systems Administration. 6 years’ experience provisioning and maintaining Linux servers to run highly trafficked websites with high availability. Solid command-line knowledge. Experience with git, cron, rsync and related utilities. Ability to administer Nginx, Apache, PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, HAProxy, Exim, OpenSSH and other services. Knowledge of cloud platforms such as Amazon EC2 and development tools like Vagrant.

Work Experience

October 2014 — Present: Senior PHP Developer (Freelance), Amaze

May — September 2014: Senior PHP Developer (Freelance), MBA & Company
Technical lead for the company, working with an in-house Junior Developer and several off-site teams to build the next version of a successful recruitment platform for this funded startup. Building features and reducing technical debt on the Yii-based platform. Using tools like Backbone, SASS and Elasticsearch. Overseeing an agile workflow and regular deployment process using tools like Jenkins.

July 2009 — April 2014: Back End Developer, SHOWstudio
Writing code to power the SHOWstudio website and related projects. Maintaining legacy code and managing the transition to a redeveloped, CakePHP-powered website. Building and managing virtual and dedicated servers. Managing live video streaming infrastructure, mailing lists, corporate email and other services.

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