Résumé

Alan Bellows is a developer, designer, editor, and author with more real-world programming experience than you can shake a sneeze at.

Skills

General Web Development

19.5 years
  • Object-Oriented PHP + MySQL
  • HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript
  • jQuery + AJAX
  • Responsive Design for phones, tablets, and other devices
  • Geolocation search services
  • eCommerce
  • Facebook/Twitter integration
  • Automation tools (e.g., Naive Bayesian Classifier)
  • Hardening web apps against security exploits.
  • Optimizing sites for high traffic on mid-range servers.

WordPress Development

11.0 years
  • Custom WordPress themes from scratch (e.g., this résumé is built on WordPress).
  • Advanced plugins, including a collaborative editing system.
  • Widgets and shortcodes
  • Fancy tricks with custom post types.

Graphics Design

20.7 years
  • Web design
  • Logo design
  • Print media (media labels, product packaging, etc)
  • Skilled with Adobe Photoshop

User Interface Design

16.5 years
  • Best practices
  • Usability testing
  • Wireframing and prototyping
  • Split testing
  • ADA compliance
  • Experience with software for children, teens, and adults.
  • Mobile- and multitouch-friendly web apps.

Project/Personnel Management

18.6 years
  • Lead Web Developer at a non-profit educational research institute.
  • Founder and managing editor for a high-traffic website.
  • Organized a collaborative book (published by Workman).
  • Acted as a team supervisor for a tech support call center.

Professional Writing & Copyediting

11.2 years
  • Managing editor and head writer for a website with over 300k readers per month.
  • Edited a collaborative book which was published in 2009.
  • Extensive experience with writing and copyediting.

Podcast Audio Production

3.9 years
  • Adding music, audio clips, and sound effects to vocal tracks.
  • Creating atmospheric music for episodes.
  • Podcast narration.
  • Sample track

Experience

DamnInteresting.com

Founder, Managing Editor, Designer
September 2005 - Present

Midwives College of Utah

Web developer/IT
July 2012 - Present
  • Sole developer and IT individual for small local college.
  • Maintenance and improvements of proprietary distance learning software.
  • General website development (PHP+CSS+jQuery).
  • Server administration.

Waterford Research Institute

Lead Web Developer
January 2012 - July 2012
  • Managed web developers in foreign office (Romania).
  • General website development (PHP+CSS+jQuery).
  • WordPress themes, plugins, widgets, and shortcodes.
  • Usability improvements.
  • Web server management.

Eli Kirk

Site Developer
November 2010 - January 2012
  • Building custom WordPress themes based on provided designs.
  • Tailor-made WordPress plugins, widgets, and shortcodes.
  • Dynamic websites using jQuery
  • eCommerce

Freelance Developer

February 2002 - Present
  • Developed a geolocation-aware search engine for finding nearby businesses.
  • Developed a Bayesian Classifier for automatically sorting messages based on their content (“spam” vs. “ham”).
  • Developed a tool to extract contact information (name, address, phone, etc) from blocks of text.
  • Developed a tool which provides a way for clinicians (physical therapists, chiropractors, etc) to prescribe exercises to their patients via video.
  • Created website security tools to prevent many types of exploits.
  • Developed a tool used by affiliate marketers to track their spending/profits for online ad campaigns across multiple advertising platforms.

CodeNutrition.com

Lead Developer
December 2007 - March 2010
  • Developed a system to analyze DNA samples and assign nutritional supplements based on the results.
  • Developed the customer-facing website.
  • Created automated software to generate custom DNA reports, printed materials, shipping manifests, etc.

8one8

Lead Developer, Designer
January 2006 - November 2008
  • Designed and developed BounceBase, an experimental consolidated search engine (no longer maintained).
  • Developed an API called “MixedResults” for third parties to use Bouncebase’s consolidated data.

SirsiDynix (formerly Dynix)

Java Developer, Graphics Designer
October 2000 - January 2007
  • Developed Perl, Java, and PHP-based library tools such as a catalog search.
  • Desiged custom themes for customers.
  • Designed/developed children’s search tools.

Ovid

Perl/Java Developer
July 2000 - October 2000
  • Developed Java and Perl-based remote administration tools.

Techserv Systems

Department Supervisor
January 1997 - May 2000
  • Supervised the Online Support Module (10 employees).
  • Developed a Perl/CGI email support system and knowledge base.

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