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Dani Arnaout

Dani Arnaout

Beirut, Lebanon
Member since January 9, 2017
Dani started iOS development before the iPad was invented! He contributed to the iOS developers community by speaking at international conferences and writing tutorials for the #1 blog for high-quality iOS tutorials, Dani has worked on numerous projects as a freelancer, part-timer, full-timer, and even a co-founder. He's looking forward to contributing to your projects as well!
Dani is now available for hire
  • Objective-C, 8 years
  • Swift, 3 years
Beirut, Lebanon
Preferred Environment
Xcode, iOS, Objective-C, Swift
The most amazing...
...thing I’ve done was go on a Euro-trip for 50 days, visiting 12 amazing countries while speaking at tech conferences and facilitating Startup Weekend events!
  • Tutorial Writer
    2013 - 2016
    • Contributed to the #1 blog for high-quality iOS tutorials by writing 7 tutorials.
    • Wrote tutorials that varied from coding with Swift (when Swift was still brand new), to beta testing, building a free & paid versions of your app, all the way to controlling hardware from your iPhone!
    • Spoke at various international conference as a tutorial team member.
    • Represented the tutorial team as a judge at Apple Watch in Silicon Valley.
    • Bumped up my technical/writing skills by getting feedback from top notch engineers that reviewed the tutorials both technically & grammatically.
    Technologies: iOS, Xcode, Arduino
  • CTO
    2013 - 2016
    Saily, Inc.
    • Headed the technical operations and laid down the technical roadmap as we grew to 500,000 registered users!
    • Hired talented engineers after setting up a hiring process similar to Apple's & Google's.
    • Created guidelines and coding standards for the engineers to follow.
    • Built the core infrastructure for the backend, database. Developed the MVP for the iOS app.
    • Adapted Scrum as our agile development framework, and acted as a Scrum Master. This involved daily standup, sprints planning, reviews, & retrospectives. This ensured the work was done on time and all impediments were taken care off on spot.
    Technologies: iOS, Android, Web
  • Contractor iOS Systems Engineer
    2012 - 2015
    Lextech Global Services (US)
    • Worked with a team of talented mobile engineers, a Scrum Master, and a Product Owner using Scrum as a framework for agile development.
    • Developed iOS apps for Fortune 500 companies. Clients included BlueCross BlueShield, Sonic Automotive, Sunbelt Rentals, and CDW.
    • Supported all iOS devices including the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad.
    • Built projects that included hardware integration with mobile apps for payments processing.
    • Contributed to other technologies like Android apps development.
    • Wrote tutorials for the company's technical blog.
    Technologies: Xcode, iOS, Objective-C
  • Head of iOS Engineering Team
    2012 - 2013
    Appwe Ltd.
    • Built numerous iOS apps for clients at this software development agency. Apps varied in nature (eCommerce, concerts & events, music, portfolio, restaurants, etc.).
    • Managed the team by setting up milestones, assigning tasks, and following up on them.
    • Reviewed the code, and ensured that coding standards and guidelines were followed.
    • Received requirements from clients directly and acted as a project manager on some projects.
    Technologies: Xcode, AppCode, iOS, Objective-C, Swift
  • iOS Engineer
    2011 - 2012
    KnowledgeView Ltd.
    • Collaborated with a team of 5 other iOS engineers to build apps for clients in the publishers field.
    • Co-built newspaper & magazine apps for clients in Europe and Middle East.
    • Provided backward compatibility back to iOS 4, and tinkered with Apple's Newsstand to port magazine apps to it.
    • Supported 3 languages for each app (English, French, & Arabic). The challenge was to have both LTR & RTL support in the same app for different languages preference.
    • Contributed to the weekly technical meetings that introduced new topics, technologies, and APIs.
    Technologies: Xcode, iOS, Objective-C
  • Saily (Development)

    Saily is the lovely local marketplace that links you with buyers and sellers around you.

    The project started as a side-project and evolved rapidly to become a VC-funded startup. The marketplace had a huge user-base of 500,000 registered users, and a team based out of San Francisco & Beirut.

    As Saily's technical co-founder, Dani built version 1 of the iOS app, along with the back-end API and database. The iOS app focused on having a beautiful UI & an engaging user experience, and with added humor here and there, users simply loved it!

    Dani then headed the technical operation as the startup's CTO. He laid out the technical roadmap, hired talented engineers, built the core infrastructure, and set up guidelines.

  • Languages
    Objective-C, Swift
  • Libraries/APIs
    Firebase iOS SDK, Fabric, Instagram API, Twitter API, Facebook API, Stripe
  • Tools
    Crashlytics, Xcode, Sublime Text 3, AppCode, Xcode Playgrounds, CircleCI
  • Paradigms
    Agile Software Development, Scrum, Design Patterns, MVC Design, App Store Optimization (ASO)
  • Platforms
    iOS, Helpshift, Firebase
  • Storage
    NoSQL, MySQL
  • Other
    User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX)
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering
    2008 - 2013
    Beirut Arab University - Beirut, Lebanon
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