Christopher Smith, Spring Cloud Developer in Abilene, TX, United States
Christopher Smith

Spring Cloud Developer in Abilene, TX, United States

Member since October 11, 2016
Christopher is an expert JVM developer with solid experience building with Spring, Groovy, and the JVM ecosystem in general. He has managed the full software lifecycle from requirements to deployment, along with systems administration and networking (CCDP/CCNP). He is a proactive guy who's looking for projects that involve back-end engineering, infrastructure questions, networking, orchestration, and harder functional programming.
Christopher is now available for hire


  • Sphere Systems
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Azure, Spring Boot, Spring...
  • ArtSquare
    GEB, Selenium, Bootstrap, JavaScript, Groovy, Java, Spring
  • Sphere Systems
    Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IEEE 802.11, Cisco, Linux, Java



Abilene, TX, United States



Preferred Environment

Git, Spring Tool Suite (STS), Eclipse, Spring, Java, JVM, Linux

The most amazing...

...machine I've worked on is the PHENIX detector at the RHIC heavy-ion collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory.


  • Consulting Technologist

    2016 - PRESENT
    Sphere Systems
    • Guided the client through implementation of the behavior-driven development methodology, improving delivery reliability and product owner satisfaction.
    • Implemented a continuous delivery pipeline integrating client's ticket management, development workflow, and deployment for faster and more reliable delivery with less time and attention required from developers and product owners.
    • Modernized and extended a currency trading platform.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Azure, Spring Boot, Spring, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Project Lifecycle, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Groovy, Data Architecture, Java
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2013 - 2016
    • Designed and managed the implementation of a cloud-first web application for artists.
    • Built and managed the software development lifecycle, including requirements gathering, story planning, continuous integration, and cloud deployment.
    • Mentored junior developers and helped non-technical people understand the development process.
    • Developed and maintained a full-stack Selenium test suite for the application using a spec-first BDD process.
    • Contributed to open-source Java libraries that were used by GitHub and the Central Repository.
    Technologies: GEB, Selenium, Bootstrap, JavaScript, Groovy, Java, Spring
  • Consulting Technologist

    2007 - 2013
    Sphere Systems
    • Provided integrated consulting services to medium-sized businesses.
    • Designed the architecture for a safety-critical SCADA system.
    • Helped organizations roll out IPv6 deployment across IPv4 WAN infrastructure.
    • Advised on the interactions between networking choices and software communications models and made recommendations on protocol design.
    • Created custom VM appliances and network configurations to solve challenging network situations such as poor or slow satellite connections, remote work sites, and changing fleet configurations.
    Technologies: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IEEE 802.11, Cisco, Linux, Java
  • Physics Research Assistant

    2003 - 2005
    Abilene Christian University
    • Wrote control interfaces for power and temperature management for electronics on the PHENIX high-energy physics experiment.
    • Wrote monitoring and analysis software for environmental sensors at PHENIX.
    • Set up a thin-client network and servers for training at ACU.
    • Upgraded control hardware and layout for power electronics at PHENIX.
    • Worked with the ROOT data-analysis package to process data from the PHENIX experiment.
    Technologies: SCADA, Perl, C++, Linux


  • ArtSquare (Startup)

    A platform for artists in the internet age, providing business information and tools for making a successful career in art. This provides matchmaking services for professional print-quality digitization and management of high-quality digital image assets (200MB+).

  • Blitline Java SDK

    A client SDK for Blitline, a cloud image manipulation service. Provides a job builder as well as handlers for postback notifications.


  • Languages

    Java, JavaScript, HTML, Groovy, Ruby, HTML5, C++, Perl, C, XML, SQL, ECMAScript (ES6)
  • Frameworks

    Spring, Spring Boot, Spock, JUnit, GEB, Spring MVC, Jasmine, Apache Spark, Spring Security, Mockito, Spring Integration, Hibernate, Bootstrap, JPA, Selenium
  • Libraries/APIs

    REST APIs, JSR 310, ImageMagick, jQuery
  • Paradigms

    API Architecture, Object-oriented Design (OOD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Continuous Deployment, Continuous Integration (CI), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), REST, Agile, Continuous Delivery (CD), Test-driven Development (TDD), Functional Programming, Aspect-oriented Programming, Promise
  • Platforms

    Linux, Arch Linux, Unix, JVM, Eclipse, Azure, Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bluemix, Apache Kafka, Arduino, AVR (8-bit MCU), MacOS, Solaris
  • Other

    Code Architecture, Back-end, SaaS, Technical Leadership, QA Automation, Network Protocols, Routing, Networks, Cisco, IEEE 802.11, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), SCADA, Data Architecture, Project Lifecycle, Networking, IPv4, IPv6, WAN, Network Design, Cisco Switches, Mbed, Cloud Foundry, Spring Cloud, Undertow
  • Tools

    Apache Maven, Maven, Spring Tool Suite (STS), Groovy Grails Tool Suite, Eclipse IDE, RabbitMQ, Git, Jenkins, Karma, Babel
  • Storage

    JSON, Redis, MariaDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Spring Data
  • Industry Expertise



  • Certification in Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
    2009 - 2009
    Cisco Systems - n/a
  • Certification in Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
    2007 - 2007
    Cisco Systems - n/a
  • Incomplete Ph.D. in Computer Science
    2006 - 2007
    Texas Tech University - Abilene, TX, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
    2002 - 2007
    Abilene Christian University - Abilene, TX, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
    2002 - 2006
    Abilene Christian University - Abilene, TX, USA


  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Routing and Switching
    NOVEMBER 2009 - OCTOBER 2021
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Enterprise
    JUNE 2007 - OCTOBER 2021
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • LPIC-1
    Linux Professional Institute, Inc.

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