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Ahmet Unal

Ahmet Unal

Istanbul, Turkey
Member since April 4, 2014
PHP/MySQL developer with more than 10 years of experience in both developing and leading teams, Ahmet is both a problem solver and an architect. He is very experienced with front-end (HTML, jQuery & CSS) and large-scale websites, music/video streaming apps and social media apps.
Ahmet is now available for hire
  • PHP, 15 years
  • MySQL, 15 years
  • jQuery, 5 years
  • Facebook API, 4 years
  • Twitter API, 4 years
Istanbul, Turkey
Preferred Environment
NetBeans, Notepad++, Windows, Linux, Git, SVN
The most amazing...
...project I've worked on was a virtual intelligent agent, where I developed a pseudo-AI that can give answers to customers and guide them through a process.
  • Development Team Leader
    2012 - 2014
    • Led a team of developers (back-end and front-end).
    • Developed RESTful APIs.
    • Designed Databases.
    • Created Social Media-based applications (Facebook/Twitter/Foursquare/Instagram etc).
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Senior Software Engineer
    2011 - 2012
    • Implemented new features to platform.
    • Optimized the platform.
    • Developed a remote authentication system.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, Prototype
  • Senior Software Developer
    2010 - 2011
    Turkuvaz Media Holding
    • Developed an SMS gateway.
    • Developed a Subscription system via SMS.
    • Used RESTful Data Services.
    • Implemented Payment systems (one time and recurring).
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, SOAP
  • Senior SOftware Developer
    2008 - 2010
    • Developed, a music/video streaming website, where the user can listen to music, make playlists, share etc. - similar to today's Spotify.
    • Worked on securing the streaming media. According to the rules of the music industry, MP3s streamed should not be downloadable. Developed an ever-changing URL system which passed industry tests.
    • Developed the front-end for the site using HTML/JavaScript. The website was developed similar to an app where the user can make and share playlists, listen to them on player etc.
    • Implemented the Charging system for, where clients could pay using their cell phones.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Software Developer
    2006 - 2008
    Merkez Yayın Holding
    • Worked on, one of the biggest news sites, with about 10M visits per day. Performed optimizations and solved security challenges.
    • Developed a framework for magazine web sites, for the company, which owned about 30 weekly/monthly magazines. Developed a framework to satisfy the needs for each one of their web sites.
    • Teletxt - developed a code which produces and updates teletext code for a media company which owned a tv channel.
    • Designed and developed the CMS for, a challenging project for a massive news web site, with lots of different content and needs.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, Smarty
  • Software Developer
    2005 - 2006
    Inanır Group
    • Developed a web-based Salon Management Program for beauty parlors, Spas, Fitness Centers etc.
    • The program can track customers, manages apppointments, performs reporting etc.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Software Developer
    2004 - 2005
    • Developed various dynamic web sites for our clients.
    • Developed a basic framework.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript
  • Ahmet is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Ahmet shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.
  • Languages
    XML, CSS, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5
  • Frameworks
    Smarty, AngularJS, Zend Framework, CodeIgniter, Prototype Framework, CakePHP
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Facebook API, Instagram API, Twitter API, Foursquare API
  • Platforms
    Windows, Linux
  • Storage
    Memcached, MySQL, MongoDB
  • Tools
    Adobe Photoshop
  • Paradigms
    Service-oriented Programming, Aspect-oriented Programming, Agile Software Development
  • Other
  • BS degree in Physics
    1997 - 2002
    Koc University - Istanbul, Turkey
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