Ahmet Unal, Software Developer in Istanbul, Turkey
Ahmet Unal

Software Developer in Istanbul, Turkey

Member since April 4, 2014
A 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, and CSS) and large-scale websites, music/video streaming apps, and social media apps.
Ahmet is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

Location

Istanbul, Turkey

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

NetBeans, VS Code, Notepad++, Linux, Git, SVN

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on was a virtual intelligence agent, where I developed a pseudo-AI that can give answers to customers and guide them through a process.

Employment

  • Freelance Developer

    2014 - PRESENT
    Freelance Developer
    • Developed a B2B SaaS application.
    • Added new features to an html5 video player.
    • Developed a CMS.
    • Developed a recipe recommendation application.
    • Developed an investment portfolio tracker.
    • Developed administration panels for a digital menu application.
    • Added new features to a multi party contract negotiation app.
    • Advised multiple apps on COD quality.
    • Helped multiple for debugging and new feature adding.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, JS, Vue.js, jQuery, HTML, CSS
  • Development Team Leader

    2012 - 2014
    Rafineri
    • 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
    Grou.ps
    • Implemented new features to the grou.ps 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
    Cetech
    • Developed muzik.net, 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 the player, etc.
    • Implemented the charging system for muzik.net, where clients could pay using their cell phones.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Software Developer

    2006 - 2008
    Merkez Yayın Holding
    • Worked on sabah.com.tr, a major news site with about 10 million visits per day. Performed optimizations and solved security challenges.
    • Developed a framework for magazine websites for the company, which owned about 30 weekly/monthly magazines. Developed a framework to satisfy the needs for each one of their websites.
    • Developed a code which produces and updates teletext code for a media company which owned a TV channel.
    • Designed and developed the CMS for sabah.com.tr, a challenging project for a massive news website 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, manage appointments, perform reporting, and more.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Software Developer

    2004 - 2005
    Sırmanet
    • Developed various dynamic websites for our clients.
    • Developed a basic framework.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript

Experience

  • Toptal Mentor
    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.

Skills

  • Languages

    PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, HTML5, Less, Sass
  • Frameworks

    Bootstrap 3, Bootstrap 4, Smarty, Zend Framework, Prototype Framework, AngularJS, CodeIgniter, Laravel, PhalconPHP, Yii, CakePHP, Nuxt.js
  • Libraries/APIs

    Foursquare API, Twitter API, Instagram API, Facebook API, jQuery, Vue.js 2, Vuex, Vue.js, React
  • Platforms

    Windows, Linux
  • Storage

    MySQL, Memcached, MongoDB, PostgreSQL
  • Other

    Optimization, Performance, SOAP
  • Tools

    Adobe Photoshop, Zeplin, Avocode
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Aspect-oriented Programming, Service-oriented Programming

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics
    1997 - 2002
    Koc University - Istanbul, Turkey

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