Cohen Harvey, Developer in Portmore, St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica
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Cohen Harvey

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Full-stack Developer

Location
Portmore, St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica
Toptal Member Since
June 8, 2022

Cohen is a highly-skilled full-stack developer with over 10 years of experience building and servicing software programs, systems, and web applications. He specializes in creating complex applications using modern technology stacks like Laravel and Vue. Cohen is also a proven project manager with a background in leading distributed teams in complex development projects.

Portfolio

Epic Technologies
PHP, Laravel, Cypress, JavaScript, Docker, MySQL, Jira, Git, HTML, CSS, Vue...
Trauma Analytics
Laravel, PHP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), HTML, CSS, JavaScript
L-Technology Enterprises
PHP, PHP 5, PHP 7, SendGrid

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Windows, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Ubuntu, Debian Linux, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is a comprehensive web application for processing insurance products used by many insurance brokers across Jamaica.

Work Experience

Senior Developer | Assistant Development Manager

2019 - PRESENT
Epic Technologies
  • Designed and coded a Docker, Laravel, and Vue architecture repository that served as a starting point for new Epic projects and was shipped with folder structure, basic modules structure, core API services, routing, guards, and Cypress.io.
  • Led a team of two through three different projects by assigning tasks, reviewing code, designing, and architecting PHP apps.
  • Held workshops to introduce and improve the level of familiarity with the architecture repository built for the development team.
  • Maintained and led a fast-paced agile cycle within a team of at least five full-stack developers and a product owner. Kept up with daily stand-up meetings, weekly sprints and deployments, code reviews, sprint planning and reviewing, and task QA.
  • Migrated 4D code to PHP and Vue of a legacy system that imported and queried vehicle claim data for multiple insurance companies across the Caribbean.
Technologies: PHP, Laravel, Cypress, JavaScript, Docker, MySQL, Jira, Git, HTML, CSS, Vue, SQL, JSON, APIs, Agile Software Development, REST APIs, Tailwind CSS, Bitbucket, HTML5, Interviewing, Source Code Review, Team Management, Technical Writing, Task Analysis, Code Review, Technical Hiring, Apache

Full-stack Laravel Developer

2023 - 2023
Trauma Analytics
  • Performed updates to legacy libraries to ensure current standards and performance.
  • Updated and managed Amazon SSL/TLS certificates to maintain security and compliance.
  • Resolved issues affecting application performance.
Technologies: Laravel, PHP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), HTML, CSS, JavaScript

PHP Developer

2023 - 2023
L-Technology Enterprises
  • Tracked and fixed bugs reported by the client on their website.
  • Reviewed and gave recommendations on the application platform structure.
  • Upgraded the SendGrid integration within their website.
Technologies: PHP, PHP 5, PHP 7, SendGrid

Software Architect Consultant

2022 - 2023
Gremlin
  • Developed and deployed solutions to the website regularly.
  • Fixed bugs and user interface issues throughout the website.
  • Gave feedback and suggestions on design options planned for the website.
Technologies: Gatsby, Netlify, JavaScript, GitHub, Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Web Developer

2022 - 2023
Global Patent Group
  • Developed a prototype application that transcribed and translated YouTube videos using Google Cloud and Azure technologies.
  • Worked with the client on the best options to use for transcription and translation that would be used for the application to be built after the prototype.
  • Deployed and maintained the prototype with features that would be used in future applications.
Technologies: HTML, PHP, JavaScript, APIs, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Azure, Translation, Transcoding, Vue, Nuxt.js

Senior Developer

2016 - 2019
Epic Technologies
  • Led a team of four through two different projects by assigning tasks, reviewing code, designing, and architecting PHP apps.
  • Maintained and led a fast-paced agile cycle within a team of four full-stack developers and a product owner. Kept up with daily stand-up meetings, weekly sprints and deployments, code reviews, sprint planning and reviewing, and task QA.
  • Migrated 4D code to PHP and JavaScript of a legacy system that processed policies and claims data for broker companies across the Caribbean.
  • Created command-line processes to streamline and make it easier to locally install and update projects and enable deployment.
Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, Jira, Git, HTML, CSS, JSON, Full-stack, jQuery, Agile Software Development, Bootstrap, PHP 5, PHP 7, Bitbucket, HTML5, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Source Code Review, Team Management, Technical Writing, Task Analysis, Code Review, Apache

Web Developer

2015 - 2017
Information Technology and Networking Solutions
  • Maintained and added new features to existing projects owned by the company.
  • Designed and revamped the company website to optimize SEO and increase daily web traffic to the website.
  • Gave weekly updates on tasks and features being worked on.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), CSS, HTML, PostgreSQL, SQL, Full-stack, Bootstrap

Programmer

2015 - 2015
Epic Technologies
  • Developed a script to convert payslip PDF files into an Excel file to be imported into an HR system, improving HR processes around payday.
  • Completed, in a timely manner, tasks and issues brought by the application that the company assigned to my team and me.
  • Stabilized and updated a legacy application for an upcoming conversion to a PHP project.
  • Displayed an initiative to get work done efficiently and showed where improvements could be made, after which the company promoting me to the senior developer role.
Technologies: PHP, MySQL, SQL, Git, HTML, CSS, Full-stack, jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP 5, Bitbucket, HTML5, Apache

Web Developer

2011 - 2015
Information Technology and Networking Solutions
  • Developed and maintained a website for a concert hosted annually in Jamaica, which brought in more revenue than before the development of the website.
  • Resolved, in a timely manner, bugs and issues brought by the applications that the company developed and maintained.
  • Developed and maintained a web application used by the company and external entities to manage and maintain their wellness. It helped 60% of the users improve their health and wellness.
  • Converted a wellness plugin from WordPress to its own web application.
  • Moved all company projects to version control using Git.
  • Advised the company owner of best practice standards and how to implement them in development processes.
Technologies: PHP, WordPress, JavaScript, MySQL, Git, HTML, CSS, SQL, ASP.NET, C#, Full-stack, Ruby on Rails (RoR), PostgreSQL, Bootstrap, Apache

EpicAssure

A PHP-based application for the insurance industry. It is a comprehensive software solution for efficiently and effectively processing insurance products.

I was the lead developer of the project, managing a development team of six. One of the many features I built was the ability to automatically renew policies of any kind in the application once all the requirements were met. It made the application more efficient with handing out recurring policies and enabling the insurance brokers to concentrate on other areas of their procedures.

EpicAssessor

A PHP-based application built to manage reports and commissions for vehicle assessors.

As the lead developer, I led a small development team to build out new features and resolve issues. One of the features built was the ability for assessors to process their reports via our application from a third-party system managed by their admins. It allowed them not to process their work on their and our internal systems.

Get Healthy Jamaica

A Ruby on Rails web application built to assist users in better managing their health and wellness.

As the sole developer, I documented and developed the application based on the product owner's vision and requirements.

The application allowed users to enter their health data daily, and when milestones were reached, they would be awarded points that could be used to get prizes at the company.

BeamTV Prototype

A Nuxt.js application built to transcribe and translate videos (primarily from YouTube). I created the application as a prototype for the client using the transcription and translation APIs from AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure.

Languages

PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, PHP 5, PHP 7, HTML5, C#

Frameworks

Laravel, Cypress, Tailwind CSS, Bootstrap, ASP.NET, Zend Framework, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Nuxt.js

Libraries/APIs

Vue, REST APIs, jQuery

Tools

Git, Bitbucket, Apache, Visual Studio, Jira, SendGrid, GitHub

Paradigms

Agile Software Development, Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Platforms

Windows, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Docker, WordPress, Ubuntu, Debian Linux, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Netlify

Storage

MySQL, JSON, PostgreSQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Google Cloud

Other

Scrum Master, Full-stack, APIs, Code Review, Source Code Review, Team Management, Technical Writing, Task Analysis, Technical Hiring, Interviewing, Translation, Transcoding, Gatsby

2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computing and Information Technology

University of Technology - Kingston, Jamaica

AUGUST 2019 - AUGUST 2022

Certified Scrum Master

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