Alejandro Santos, Software Developer in Slough, United Kingdom
Alejandro Santos

Software Developer in Slough, United Kingdom

Member since July 7, 2020
Alejandro is a computer scientist and software professional with an MSc in computer science. Over the past 19 years, Alejandro's worked on several projects in a variety of industries—the private sector, scientific endeavors, and research—for a range of companies and institutes, including CERN, where he recently developed software in Java and integrated it into a database system while working Agile. Alejandro enjoys working within distributed teams and values clear communication.
Alejandro is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • C++ 20 years
  • Python 15 years
  • Algorithms 15 years
  • Java 14 years
  • SQL 12 years
  • Object-oriented Programming (OOP) 12 years
  • Data Structures 10 years
  • Networking 10 years

Location

Slough, United Kingdom

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Git, C++, Java, Python, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is a social networking website for people in my home city. This was long before Facebook and Instagram existed.

Employment

  • Software Development Consultant

    2021 - PRESENT
    Bloomberg
    • Implemented C++ and Python services for the data pipeline, archiving historical Level 2 market depth data.
    • Implemented terminal functions for internal market depth usage.
    • Conducted PR code reviews from team members as part of the team effort.
    • Tracked and fixed bugs, using Jira as a reporting tool.
    Technologies: Algorithms, Distributed Systems, Microservices, Agile, Agile Software Development, Python, Python 3, C++, Microservices Architecture, Jira, Fintech, Design Patterns, Software Design Patterns, Data Pipelines, Pipelines, CI/CD Pipelines, C, AWS, AWS S3
  • Technology Lead Developer

    2020 - 2021
    Kayenta
    • Led and managed the team development efforts while following an Agile structure.
    • Improved engineering efficiency by introducing advanced CI/CD, build automation, application monitoring, and notification solutions.
    • Designed and created new microservices with a REST API for internal usage.
    • Designed and created new ETL pipelines to consume customers' data.
    • Configured Apache Airflow instances for ETL pipeline data.
    • Designed and implemented the Azure Cloud infrastructure and Docker containers from scratch.
    • Coordinated the testing effort for unit testing and end-to-end testing.
    Technologies: ETL, Ansible, Terraform, CI/CD Pipelines, Testing, Azure Table Storage, Azure, Python 3, Cloud, Data, Docker, Apache Airflow, Code Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture, Architecture, Cloud Infrastructure, Web Development, Software Architecture, Flask, Flask-RESTful, Leadership, Scrum, IT Project Management, Team Management, Project Management
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2020 - 2020
    Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry (via Toptal)
    • Updated a REST API endpoint to provision new business requirements.
    • Created unit tests using JUnit for the new REST API endpoints.
    • Tracked work using Jira and interacted with the team using GitHub and Slack.
    • Created a parser for a domain-specific language (DSL) using ANTLR4.
    Technologies: Microservices, Spring, Java, Web Development
  • Founder

    2019 - 2020
    Codigo Delta
    • Created the early vision of CodigoDelta.net, a platform for learning programming, data structures, and algorithms.
    • Defined the roadmap along with maintaining and prioritizing the backlog.
    • Created and implemented the basic architecture of the MVP.
    • Wrote the problem statements, testing environment, and test cases.
    • Built a Jenkins pipeline in a Docker container that runs unit tests, integration tests, and end-to-end tests, along with creating new containers and deploying new application versions.
    • Implemented the automated back-end task solver in Python.
    Technologies: Distributed Systems, JSON Web Tokens (JWT), Auth, Hibernate, JPA, JEE, HATEOAS, RESTful APIs, RESTful Development, Maven, Spring Boot, Java, TypeScript, Azure, Data, Docker, Kubernetes, Cloud, Software Architecture, CTO
  • Tech Lead and Researcher in Computer Science

    2016 - 2019
    CERN
    • Led the system design and development efforts to create a simulation tool for the evolution of a Nobel-prize data-acquisition system.
    • Defined the roadmap of the project and maintained and prioritized the backlog.
    • Implemented both a type of simulation software in C++11 and small-scale prototypes in C++ and Python to model an extensive data acquisition system.
    • Published the scientific work underlying the problem statement.
    • Gave presentations about the project both internally and at conferences.
    • Implemented data analysis and reporting metrics, using Python, Matplotlib, and NumPy.
    • Tracked and fixed bugs, using Jira as a reporting tool.
    Technologies: Distributed Systems, OMNeT++, Python, C++, Data, Big Data, Cloud, Code Architecture, Data Architecture, API Architecture, Architecture, System Design, Software Architecture, Leadership, AWS DynamoDB, C
  • Tech Lead

    2014 - 2016
    CERN
    • Built a testing environment for a complex event processing (CEP) expert/streaming system.
    • Created the cross-language access bindings (C++ to Java) for the time-series database connection (SWIG).
    • Designed and implemented an efficient algorithm to read a large amount of data from the database.
    • Defined the software technologies required to solve the problem.
    • Published a scientific paper describing the algorithms and testing strategy.
    • Tracked and fixed bugs, using Jira as a reporting tool.
    • Wrote the documentation of the project and prepared internal reference materials.
    • Maintained and prioritized the work backlog for the project.
    • Conducted user interviews and usability testing.
    • Implemented the web-based version of the project using Python for the back end.
    Technologies: NoSQL, DB, Distributed Systems, Streaming, Complex Event Processing (CEP), C++, Python, Java, Data, Docker, Apache Airflow, Cloud, Big Data, Big Data Architecture, Software Architecture, C
  • Assistant Professor

    2010 - 2013
    Universidad Nacional de La Plata
    • Taught courses in Java programming and Python programming.
    • Wrote the exams for the Data Structures and Algorithms course.
    • Wrote the assignments and learning materials for the Java programming labs.
    • Organized the local university's seat of ACM/ICPC, a national programming contest.
    • Managed a team of teaching assistants for labs and tests.
    Technologies: Algorithms, Data Structures, Java, Leadership, Communication
  • Software Engineer

    2010 - 2011
    CESPI/UNLP
    • Developed and tested an internal web Java app to keep track of job applicants.
    • Developed and tested a functionality for a Ministry of Health's project to keep track of the compliance of several health regulations.
    • Refactored legacy modules to improve the maintenance and addition of new features for the client's needs.
    Technologies: Hibernate, JEE, Seam, Java
  • Security Analyst

    2009 - 2010
    CeSPI – UNLP
    • Developed an internal app using Flask and SQLAlchemy to automate the tracking of spam sources.
    • Conducted user interviews and security-related usability testing.
    • Performed security reviews of services running on the external network.
    • Carried out penetration testing on a variety of web applications.
    • Administered services and performed DevOps duties.
    • Conducted research and contributed to the development of honeypot software products and solutions.
    • Performed a forensic analysis on infected servers and wrote reports on the findings and recommendations for future operations.
    • Implemented firewall hardening and network traffic analyses.
    Technologies: Distributed Systems, Networking, Security, Python, C
  • Software Engineer

    2009 - 2009
    Mercurial | Google Summer of Code
    • Implemented the basic functionality to migrate the Python 2 codebase to Python 3.
    • Worked in a collaborative and distributed team on an open-source project.
    • Communicated the required changes for the codebase migration in the project's public mailing list.
    Technologies: Mercurial, Python 3, Python 2, C
  • Founder | CTO

    2003 - 2009
    La Plata Nights
    • Created the early vision of LaPlataNights.com.ar, a social media platform about the nightlife in La Plata, Argentina.
    • Conducted user interviews and usability testing of the platform.
    • Defined the roadmap, kickstarted development, and maintained and prioritized the backlog.
    • Created and implemented the basic architecture of the MVP.
    • Refactored the application multiple times to be able to handle the growing load.
    Technologies: MySQL, JavaScript, PHP, Web Development, Full-stack, Web Architecture, CTO, Leadership, IT Project Management, Project Management, Team Management
  • Software Engineer

    2007 - 2008
    Disytel
    • Developed custom features based on the requirements outlined by the clients.
    • Tracked and fixed bugs, documented development tasks in an internal Wiki using Trac.
    • Performed several maintenance tasks on the internal network, administered web services and the source code version control server.
    • Wrote documentation on the usage of the custom features of the product.
    Technologies: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Object-relational Mapping (ORM), PostgreSQL, Java
  • Intern

    2005 - 2006
    III-LIDI
    • Developed functionality for an application to help with the hospital administration.
    • Implemented modules to produce customized reports.
    • Conducted research and contributed to the development of distributed systems and databases.
    • Taught Pascal programming to students in a course called Introduction to Programming.
    Technologies: JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, Distributed Systems
  • Software Engineer

    2003 - 2006
    Argentum Online
    • Developed and designed a secure trading system between players.
    • Built the game statistics and information collection system.
    • Wrote the sockets and networking subsystem on the server.
    Technologies: 2D Games, Algorithms, Networking, Sockets, C, C++

Experience

  • CodigoDelta.net
    https://codigodelta.net/

    Código Delta is a platform for learning programming, data structures, and algorithms with a focus on the Spanish-speaking people of the world. Users can solve programming tasks online and review their submissions in order to improve their coding skills.

  • The Despacito Programming Language
    https://github.com/Despacito-Lang/Despacito

    Despacito is a programming language following the Latin-American culture. It is an open-source and free software (BSD license). Despacito is Turing-complete, compiled, statically typed, and supports arrays, functions, and recursion. The Despacito compiler is implemented in Python 3 in about 1,000 lines of code, without using any external libraries (e.g., parser generators) or regular expressions. The source code is available at GitHub.

  • Dakara Online MMORPG
    https://github.com/DakaraOnline/dakara-server/

    Dakara Online is a C++ 11 migration of the game server-code for Argentum Online, the first MMORPG developed by South American developers. The game was very popular in its time (2002+) and was made open source around the same time.
    The Dakara Online game server in a source-to-source translated version of the game server, from VB6 to C++. The Dakara game server was hosted on AWS between 2014 and 2016.

Skills

  • Languages

    Python, Java, C++11, C++, SQL, Python 3, C++14, C++17, C, JavaScript, Embedded C++, Embedded C, TypeScript, Haskell, Scala, PHP, Lua, Python 2
  • Paradigms

    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Test-driven Development (TDD), Unit Testing, Web Architecture, Agile Software Development, Functional Programming, Microservices, REST, Agile, Testing, Refactoring, API Architecture, RESTful Development, Microservices Architecture, Compiler Design, Object-relational Mapping (ORM), Data Science, ETL, Serverless Architecture, Scrum, Design Patterns, Web Design Patterns, Gang of Four (GOF) Design Patterns
  • Platforms

    Docker, Linux, Ubuntu, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Embedded Linux, Jupyter Notebook, Amazon, JEE, Azure, Kubernetes, AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon EC2, Software Design Patterns
  • Storage

    JSON, Relational Databases, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, DB, NoSQL, Azure Table Storage, Data Pipelines, AWS DynamoDB, AWS S3
  • Other

    Data Structures, Algorithms, Networking, APIs, Back-end Development, Back-end, Architecture, Web Development, Software Architecture, Distributed Systems, Distributed Messaging, Software Engineering, Startups, RESTful APIs, RESTful Microservices, Code Architecture, MMORPGs, 2D Games, Storage, Embedded Systems, Serverless, Big Data, Big Data Architecture, Data Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture, Full-stack, Distributed Software, Economics, Finance, Data Analysis, Statistics, Object-oriented Databases, Relational Algebra, Machine Learning, RESTful Services, Spring Cloud, AWS, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Security, Cloud Storage, Compilers, Complex Event Processing (CEP), Streaming, HATEOAS, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Research, Data, CI/CD Pipelines, Embedded Software, Containers, Cloud Infrastructure, System Design, CTO, Leadership, IT Project Management, Team Management, Communication, Fintech, Pipelines
  • Frameworks

    Spring, Spring Boot, Django, Boost, JNI, Flask, Spring Microservice, OMNeT++, JPA, Hibernate, JSON Web Tokens (JWT), Seam, Selenium
  • Libraries/APIs

    Jenkins Pipeline, OpenCV, REST APIs, Flask-RESTful, Auth, React, Sockets
  • Tools

    Git, Jenkins, ANTLR 4, CMake, Postman, Zuul, GitLab, GitLab CI/CD, Maven, Mercurial, Terraform, Ansible, Apache Airflow, Jira
  • Industry Expertise

    Accounting, Marketing, Security, Project Management

Education

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA)
    2019 - 2020
    Quantic School of Business and Technology - Washington, D.C., United States
  • PhD (Thesis Writing in Progress) in Computer Science
    2016 - 2019
    Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg - Heidelberg (Germany) and Geneva/CERN (Swizerland)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics (Five-year Program) in Computer Science
    2003 - 2015
    Universidad Nacional de La Plata - La Plata, Argentina
  • Diploma in Programming Analysis
    2003 - 2012
    Universidad Nacional de La Plata - La Plata, Argentina

Certifications

  • Getting Started with AWS Machine Learning
    MAY 2020 - PRESENT
    Coursera
  • AWS Fundamentals: Going Cloud-Native
    OCTOBER 2019 - PRESENT
    Coursera
  • Microservices with Spring Cloud
    OCTOBER 2019 - PRESENT
    Udemy

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