Brandon Blakeley, Developer in Portland, United States
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Brandon Blakeley

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

Location
Portland, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 18, 2014

Brandon is a top developer with extensive experience in developing robust solutions to complex problems. He emphasizes communicating proactively with clients and has a knack for writing efficient, clean code.

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Sublime Text 2, Git, OS X

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is an interactive, responsive MIDI renderer with a synchronized music synthesizer (ES6, SVG, HTML5 Canvas, Web Audio API).

Work Experience

Founder

2013 - PRESENT
Noteriver.com
  • Created a MIDI parsing JavaScript/ES6 library following extensive specifications.
  • Developed a music synthesizer using instrument samples and the Web Audio API.
  • Designed an interactive, responsive piano roll renderer in SVG and HTML5 Canvas.
  • Retooled the Web Audio API synthesis and canvas renderer as a Node.js background task to generate videos.
  • Integrated with YouTube to enable video export and upload.
  • Built an API in Ruby on Rails complaint with json:api v1.0.
  • Developed a direct-to-s3 signed file uploader.
Technologies: Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR)

Software Developer

2015 - 2016
FocusVision
  • Collaborated with a team of six to develop a qualitative marketing research platform.
  • Integrated legacy authentication for multiple roles (admin, researcher, participant, observer).
  • Developed a background job for creating "printable reports" critical to clients' business needs.
  • Built a JSON API on top of an existing Ruby on Rails back-end.
  • Built the front-end in Ember CLI with carefully considered UX details.
Technologies: Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby

Research Assistant

2010 - 2013
University of Washington, Seattle
  • Developed an iOS app that infers the mode of locomotion (walking, biking, driving, bussing, etc.) from sensor data (GPS location, speed, acceleration, etc.) cross-referenced with ground-level data (bus stops, streets, sidewalks, etc.).
  • Developed an algorithm that predicts novel bacteria symbiosis from microbial metabolism big data.
Technologies: Python, iOS

Software Development Intern

2010 - 2010
Amazon.com
  • Developed an internal inventory service for EC2.
  • Parsed inventory data dumps in different formats.
  • Built a command line interface to query inventory availability.
Technologies: Python

Enzyme Corporation

Enzyme.io provides a platform for life science companies to accelerate development and lower costs for new products by automating much of the hassle involved with FDA regulations.

Ruby on Rails API back-end and Ember.js front-end.

Time Zone App

A project for the Toptal screening process that features a Ruby on Rails REST API back-end and Ember.js front-end.

Animidify

https://www.youtube.com/user/aniMIDIfy
Programmatically generated videos of piano rolls of public domain MIDIs and uploaded to YouTube.

WatchPlayPiano

https://www.youtube.com/user/watchplaypiano
Programmatically generated piano tutorials from MusicXML files and uploaded to YouTube.

CCAudiobooks

Programmatically generated videos from LibriVox audiobooks, uploaded to YouTube.
2010 - 2013

Master's (Ph.D Dropout) Degree in Computer Science and Engineering

The University of Washington, Seattle - Seattle, Washington

2006 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics

The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, Texas

2006 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, Texas

Libraries/APIs

JSON API, Web Audio API, FFmpeg, YouTube API, jQuery, HTML5 Canvas, jQuery UI, Google API, Amazon API

Tools

GitHub, Git, Sublime Text 2

Frameworks

Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), iOS SDK

Languages

Sass, HTML5, JavaScript, Ruby, CoffeeScript, HTML, Python, CSS3, CSS, Java, Objective-C, Swift, Lisp, Haskell

Paradigms

Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile Software Development, Model View Controller (MVC), Functional Programming, Event-driven Programming

Platforms

MacOS, Ubuntu, Amazon EC2, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, iOS, OS X

Storage

PostgreSQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MySQL

Other

Software Development, Front-end Development, Unix Shell Scripting

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