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Brian Danchilla, Software Developer in Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Brian Danchilla

Software Developer in Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Member since November 15, 2013
Brian is a full-stack software developer with over 15 years of experience. Over the past seven years, he has run his own business, which provides both cutting edge solutions and legacy system maintenance. Always honing his craft, Brian keeps abreast with the rapidly changing industry and has authored technical books, including "Pro PHP Programming."
Brian is now available for hire



  • Linux, 16 years
  • HTML, 15 years
  • Object-oriented Programming (OOP), 15 years
  • JavaScript, 14 years
  • SQL, 13 years
  • PHP, 12 years
  • Laravel, 5 years
  • TypeScript, 2 years
Saskatoon, SK, Canada



Preferred Environment

Linux, PhpStorm, Vim, Git, Laravel, Angular

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is a system integrating multiple payment gateways processing thousands of daily requests.


  • Owner

    2011 - PRESENT
    Mushaboom Consulting
    • Integrated automated and manual online payments with merchant gateway APIs using XML and cURL.
    • Designed a new REST API that combined a client's existing MVC and Symfony components and customizations.
    • Troubleshot and fixed browser CSS, JavaScript, and back-end logical bugs.
    • Found and fixed web page and script performance bottlenecks and memory leaks using XDebug, a custom profiling library, and database explain statements.
    • Upgraded legacy systems to separate MVC logic and use best practices.
    • Added unit tests with PHPUnit and behavioral tests with Behat.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, SQL
  • Author, Technical Reviewer

    2008 - PRESENT
    • Authored "Beginning WebGL for HTML5, 2012," a book about using the new WebGL Canvas API 3D context.
    • Contributed as an author to "HTML5 Games Most Wanted, 2012." Wrote a chapter on WebGL programming.
    • Served as technical reviewer for "Foundation HTML 5 Animation with JavaScript, 2011." Performed a technical review for the book's 2D Canvas context.
    • Co-authored "Pro PHP Programming, 2011." Wrote on the topics of JSON, XML, AJAX, security, social media APIs, libraries, refactoring, unit testing, and continuous integration.
    • Served as technical reviewer for "Physics for JS Games and Simulations," a book using the 2D Canvas API with a heavy emphasis on physics equations.
    Technologies: WebGL, HTML5, PHP, JavaScript, JSON, XML, AJAX
  • Software Developer

    2010 - 2011
    • Created a VOIP desktop client using the Java and C++ libraries (JNA).
    • Worked with the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and PJSIP library.
    • Made GUI revisions using Swing and third party libraries.
    • Completed data processing of large CSV and XML automotive listings into a PostgreSQL database using PHP.
    • Implemented Google Analytics and AdSense optimizations for analyzing keywords.
    Technologies: Java, VOIP, C++, PHP
  • Senior Software Developer

    2008 - 2010
    • Handled Drupal CMS customizations, including creating advanced AJAX search and Twitter feed modules.
    • Implemented a SOAP client to process financial share transactions over SSL.
    • Converted a legacy ColdFusion system into PHP.
    • Created a reusable PHP utility library for projects.
    • Upgraded and maintained websites to use more modern CSS, HTML, and jQuery widgets.
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, JavaScript, Drupal
  • Computer Programmer

    2006 - 2008
    Chinook School Division
    • Created a custom inventory tracker for the computer department using PHP and MySQL.
    • Created a work order system for the maintenance department using PHP and MySQL.
    • Wrote a time sheet tracking system for payroll using jQuery, PHP, and MySQL.
    • Created and maintained a divisional website that used Drupal and LDap.
    • Integrated third-party libraries into custom e-learning software.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, Drupal, HTML, Excel



  • Languages

    HTML, TypeScript, PHP, SQL, JavaScript, CSS3, Java, C++
  • Frameworks

    Laravel, Bootstrap, Angular
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, Facebook API, Backbone.js, WebGL, Vue.js
  • Platforms

    Drupal, Linux, Unix, AWS EC2
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MongoDB
  • Other

    Content Management Systems (CMS), CMS, Linux System Administration, Algorithms, Data Analysis, Data Structures
  • Tools

  • Paradigms

    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Agile Software Development, Unit Testing, Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD)


  • BS with Double Honours degree in Computer Science and Mathematics
    2000 - 2004
    University of Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan
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