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Ahmet Unal, Software Developer in Istanbul, Turkey
Ahmet Unal

Software Developer in 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, and 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
  • Twitter API, 4 years
  • Facebook API, 4 years
Istanbul, Turkey



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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Languages

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

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

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

    Windows, Linux
  • Storage

    MySQL, Memcached, MongoDB, PostgreSQL
  • Tools

    Adobe Photoshop, Zeplin, Avocode
  • Paradigms

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



  • BS degree in Physics
    1997 - 2002
    Koc University - Istanbul, Turkey
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