Aleksander Kowalczyk, Software Developer in Katowice, Poland
Aleksander Kowalczyk

Software Developer in Katowice, Poland

Member since November 6, 2014
Aleksander is a senior .NET developer with experience in software architecture design and analysis, project management, and team leadership. Thanks to the variety of industry sectors and roles in his background, he has the ability to learn quickly and to manage unexpected obstacles.
Aleksander is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • SQL, 10 years
  • .NET, 10 years
  • JavaScript, 10 years
  • C#, 10 years
  • ASP.NET, 8 years
  • XAML, 6 years
  • Test-driven Development (TDD), 3 years
  • Xamarin, 1 year

Location

Katowice, Poland

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

VisualStudio, WebStorm, Git, SVN, TFS

The most amazing...

...thing I've created is a framework for rapid development of line-of-business applications.

Employment

  • Senior Full-stack Developer

    2016 - 2017
    RetailPOS (via Toptal)
    • Wrote the main POS app for a touch-based POS device.
    • Created a small POS app for Android phones and tablets.
    • Developed TableApp for customer self-service for Android tablets.
    • Integrated all of the above with various peripherals like bank terminals, weights, displays, bard code, QR scanners, etc.
    • Created a service for communication between the apps.
    Technologies: UWP, Xamarin, .NET, C#, ASP.NET Core, .NET Standard
  • Senior Full-stack Developer

    2015 - 2017
    Meeteor, LLC (via Toptal)
    • Integrated Google Calendar using the Google Calendar API in the back-end using Ruby on Rails, and creating a Google Chrome Extension for the front-end.
    • Integrated Outlook Desktop for PC (2010-2016 versions) with a custom Outlook COM add-in.
    • Integrated Office 365 in the scope of Outlook web and desktop (2016 Windows and Mac) with a custom office app.
    • Integrated Atlassian HipChat using React.js in the front-end and Node.js in the back-end.
    Technologies: .NET, C#, Ruby on Rails, React.js, Node.js, JavaScript, TypeScript
  • Senior .NET Developer

    2014 - 2015
    iQuest, LLC
    • Created architecture for a public-facing, cloud-based web application using Onion Architecture and domain-driven design.
    • Implemented the foundations of the web application back-end tier using WebAPI in the newest ASP.NET 5 version.
    • Implemented the foundation of the web application front-end tier using ASP.NET 5 and AngularJS.
    • Trained co-workers in ASP.NET 5.
    • Consulted on technical matters.
    • Provided time estimations and project management support.
    Technologies: .NET, ASP.NET 5, MVC 6, Azure DocumentDb, Azure TableStorage, Azure WebApps, AngularJS
  • Senior .NET Developer and Technical Lead

    2014 - 2014
    OpenSkyData
    • Created a mobile Tablet PC (Windows 8.1) application with user-friendly touch support that provides a unified approach for medical staff to clinical assessments for home care and acute care of elderly patients.
    • Created a library that fixes bugs in touch support in WPF and adds support to the Win8 touch keyboard.
    • Analyzed technical solutions as the tech lead and suggested the most appropriate ones for given expected functionalities.
    • Consulted with project managers in development processes, timing, and approaches as well as on UI/UX design.
    • Consulted on possible reasons for issues and ways to analyze them more deeply with QA for better feedback for the developers.
    • Trained developers in WPF, MVVM, and best practices in development of Windows desktop applications with touch support.
    • Projected the whole structure of the solution on the client side.
    • Implemented the projected solution in collaboration with the developer team.
    Technologies: .NET, WPF, MVVM, WCF, Entity Framework
  • Senior .NET Developer and IT Manager

    2013 - 2014
    KOBA Systems
    • Created a sales system designed to support ticket sales for transportation companies, with potential for sophisticated generation of preconfigured sales reports and statistics on demand by the end-user.
    • Developed a project management system for accounting companies.
    • Built and maintained the front-end software for ticket machines and ticket POS.
    • Conducted business analysis for a dedicated rehabilitation hospital system.
    • Served as project manager and team leader in the development process on a first pilot phase for a dedicated system for a rehabilitation hospital.
    Technologies: .NET, C#, WPF, WCF, Entity Framework, MEF, MVVM, MS SQL
  • Senior .NET Developer and IT Manager

    2012 - 2013
    Inteko
    • Recruited developers and IT specialists and established an IT department.
    • Managed the newly-established IT department.
    • Created a MS SQL/WCF-based back-end for 32 ticket machines that are selling tickets of the Silesian Railways.
    • Built a MS SQL/WCF back-end and a Windows embedded front-end client application that allows for the sale of Silesian Railway tickets by various sales agents such as small shops. The sales system was used by 60 sales agents.
    • Created a server component that receives data from GPS Trackers mounted in 72 trains via TCP/IP signals, and a web application that allows for following of actual train positions and routes.
    Technologies: .NET, C#, WPF, WCF, Entity Framework, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, MS SQL, .NET Compact
  • Senior .NET Developer and Project Manager

    2011 - 2012
    Tectocom
    • Programmed the Windows Client part of a dedicated product management system in WPF.
    • Created add-ins to CAD Application Solidworks and invented integration for them with the product management system.
    • Developed add-ins to MS Outlook, MS Excel, and MS Word, integrating them with the product management system.
    • Trained coworkers in WPF.
    • Led the team and managed projects on the implementation of the product management system for a pilot customer.
    • Conceptualized new functionalities of the PDM such as CAD applications integration, MS Office integration, and CRM.
    Technologies: .NET, C#, ASP.NET, WPF, WCF, COM+, VB6, AJAX, jQuery, JavaScript, MS SQL
  • Senior .NET Developer and Team Leader

    2007 - 2011
    Logotec Engineering S.A
    • Migrated big CRM and DMS systems from ASP/VB6 to .NET.
    • Consulted with implementation specialists and bigger end customers (>100 users) about expected new functionalities.
    • Created a local client for Windows (WPF/WCF) that integrates the DMS-managed documents with the Windows File Explorer through the context menu and a tray application.
    • Built an add-on to Microsoft Outlook that integrates the mail messages and appointments with a CRM system.
    • Integrated the DMS system with MS Dynamics CRM.
    • Designed a completely new front-end for big DMS and CRM systems in ASP.NET/AJAX.
    • Developed a mobile version of the CRM system for Windows Mobile devices.
    • Implemented several new functionalities in the DMS and CRM systems.
    Technologies: .NET, C#. VB.NET, ASP.NET, Web Services, COM+, VB6, AJAX, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, MS SQL
  • .NET Developer

    2009 - 2010
    Freelance
    • Developed a backup-tool that watches several directories with MFT/USN Journal, and copy-blocked files using Volume Shadow Copy Service.
    • Built a dedicated mobile CRM application.
    • Designed and developed an analysis tool for card games.
    • Conceptualized and created a highly configurable and reusable framework for data management applications.
    • Consulted on the scope of software development and architecture.
    Technologies: .NET, C++/CLI, C#, WinForms, MSSQLCE, Windows Mobile
  • .NET Developer

    2006 - 2007
    MiComp Computer Systems
    • Created an add-on to Microsoft Outlook allowing full synchronization of mail, appointments, and tasks with a web-based document management system.
    • Designed WYSIWYG-based workflow diagrams for the document management system on a WinForms embedded control in a ASP.NET WebForms application.
    • Built a drag-n-drop file upload on a web- based system with help of embedded WinForms controls.
    • Wrote data archiving functionality in a document management system written in ASP.NET Web Forms.
    • Fixed bugs in the system (ASP.NET WebForms).
    Technologies: .NET, C#, C++/CLI, ASP.NET WebForms, MS SQL, WinForms, WebServices
  • Junior PHP Developer

    2006 - 2007
    MMG Marketing Management Group
    • Created a highly customizable content management system.
    • Built various websites, particularly online shops.
    • Designed databases in MySQL for online shop websites.
    • Fixed errors in php, JS, mySQL on existing websites created by former employees.
    • Designed the UI/graphics for various websites.
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL

Experience

  • A7 EBusiness Platform (Other amazing things)
    http://ebusiness.a7.plus

    A line-of-business system platform which I created as a proof-of-concept when working on similar systems, to check what can be done better.

  • Quicknotes (Development)
    http://quicknot.es

    Notes app where the simplicity of creating and organizing notes is the top priority. 90% of the site is for your notes, keeping anything distracting from the notes to the minimum. To categorize, just type a #hashtag to your note, and you have created a main category of notes. Add to it a dot sign - that will create a #hierarchic.hashtag - putting your note into subcategories.

  • A7 DocumentDb Studio (Development)
    http://documentdb.a7.plus

    A7 DocumentDb Studio is a tool to make it easier to explore the databases in the Azure NoSQL DocumentDB database. It allows filtering data based on a UI-based generator, and to edit SQL by hand.

  • A7 JsonViewer (Development)
    http://jsonviewer.a7.plus

    Simple and lightweight JSON viewer and editor for Windows.

  • A7 SqlTools (Development)
    http://sqltools.a7.plus

    SQL tools for comparing, searching, and exploring data in a MS SQL database.

Skills

  • Languages

    JavaScript, C#, XAML, TypeScript, T-SQL, SQL, HTML, Transact-SQL, HTML5, CSS3
  • Frameworks

    .NET Core, ASP.NET Core, ASP.NET MVC 6, .NET, ASP.NET Web API, Windows Communication Framework (WCF), CSLA, ASP.NET MVC, AngularJS, ASP.NET, Entity
  • Tools

    Visual Studio .NET, SOLIDWORKS
  • Paradigms

    UX Design, Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), Design Patterns, Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Model View Controller (MVC), UI Design, Plugin-Based Architecture, Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Windows, Xamarin, Azure, Meteor, Windows Server
  • Storage

    Microsoft SQL Server, NoSQL, Azure Blobs, Azure Queues, MongoDB, MSSQLCE, PostgreSQL
  • Other

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Single-page Applications (SPA), DocumentDB
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Node.js, jQuery, Task Parallel Library (TPL), Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), Facebook API, OpenStreetMap API

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Computer Networks
    2004 - 2008
    University of Silesia - Katowice, Poland

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