- T. Rex (President)Codosaurus, LLC1990 - PRESENT
- Ran all aspects of the company, doing the client work, marketing, bookkeeping, IT support—everything! This was full time from 1990 to 1992, part time (evenings, weekends, and between "permanent" positions) until 2011, and full time again since then.
- Implemented features, mentored a junior developer, improved code quality, and advised on tools and processes, for a High-Assurance Guard (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Assurance_Guard) for the US Federal Government (via a prime contractor), in Ruby (with Sinatra) and C. Also helped "roadmap" parts of this and other projects, and brought up (and sometimes got to implement) ideas to save time and labor, such as automating translation of CORBA IDL into YAML.
- Added features and fixed bugs in a Ruby on Rails retail sales floor planning system, plus a Ruby on Rails API-based query-answerer, for RBM Technologies (via Toptal). Helped define a new version of a custom query language, added new types of queries, added ability to download results in CSV format, removed redundant data-copying, removed redundant request types, converted a query answerer from a microservice to an engine, and packaged it as a gem. This resulted in bringing query time down from half an hour to, on average, just over half a second; worst case on known common queries was about two seconds.
- Added features (such as ability to order stop-smoking patches and such) and fixed bugs (such as inconsistent time problems due to timezones) in the coaching section of a Ruby on Rails wellness portal for Onlife Health (via RaveTec). Introduced use of videos for end-of-sprint demo, reducing chance of error during live demo. Created developer onboarding documentation, on how to set up Onlife's apps and others needed in a development environment.
- Split a service creation platform into API and UI halves for Verisign (via Celerity IT), for easier scaling. Designed the RESTful API and implemented it in Ruby on Rails. Updated Cucumber/RSpec tests and Python/Java bulk upload tools. Investigated migrating its data storage from MySQL to Riak or NuoDB. Helped out with random other projects, and a friend's classes teaching Ruby.
- Enhanced and repaired Ruby on Rails database table administration web apps for Retrieval Systems Corporation (direct client). Also advised President and General Counsel, and some dev staff, on techniques like pair programming, test driven development, agile project management, and other practices conducive to high software quality.
- Added email contact retrieval to a newsletter subscription manager in Ruby on Rails for HomeActions (direct client). This included adding abilities in the omnicontacts gem, to download contact info from additional online services. Also made the upload importing happen in the background so the user could proceed with other work, fixed several bugs, refactored the code to make later addition of other email providers easier, and advised on test-driven development and other quality-enhancing development practices.
- Adapted desktop Ruby on Rails views to mobile (mainly splitting up long forms) for Barclaycard (via Object Systems Group, as a temporary employee of theirs). Also came up with ways to ensure that the desktop and mobile views were in sync, helped BAs develop and triage use-cases.
- Helped improve an event networking and session scheduling site in Ruby on Rails for Halfaker and Associates (as a temporary employee). Fixed bugs and added features such as profile completeness checks, day-by-day agenda view, "more like this" for sessions, detection of room booking conflicts, reports in various formats such as PDF or CSV, and having those be generated in the background and emailed instead of making the user sit and wait.
- Created a minimum viable product for a financial portfolio rebalancer in Ruby on Rails for a private individual client. Included educating the client on what a web app might be able to do in such a case.
- Created a Tweet retriever in Ruby on Rails for Atomic Broadcast, as part of a potential application to filter social media output.
- Enhanced a Python group email/SMS system for Anteon (via Liqwid Networks). Added features such as sending email to individuals instead of only groups, uploading files of new users, forwarding messages, admin notifications of new users, monitoring an email address for notices to forward, reports, better workflow, and assorted security restrictions and other robustness.
- Created a fax board initialization and diagnostic program in C for Send2Fax, and configured their server to use it.
- Created a tool to fix corrupted dBase III files, in C.
- VolunteerMiscellaneous1963 - PRESENT
- Released a number of open source projects, such as EOTS (Email of the Species) and hook_lying_syncer gems, Pull Request Roulette and The Decider Ruby on Rails apps, a goal tracker and success predictor, an address list center finder, DARTS Toastmasters meeting role tracker, a physics units-and-measurements system to guard against unit mismatches, CUT lightweight unit-testing harness om C, KDL Ruby module to parse and print Kakuro puzzles, utilities in C and Pascal for dial-up BBSes and dealing with text data files, MS-DOS screensavers in C, and more. Most of them, and most of my contributions to other open source projects, are on GitHub, at https://github.com/davearonson/.
- Contributed to the development of other open source projects such as ripple_searchable, pg_search, and omnicontacts Ruby gems, exercism.io and its API (both in Ruby with Sinatra), and busybox (in C).
- Founded, and still run, the LinkedIn “Plain Old C Programming” group; managed LinkedIn “Rubyists” and “Ruby on Rails” groups.
- Spoke occasionally at assorted technical meetups and conferences.
- Served as organizer (president) of the "DC Computer Consultants" Meetup (remnants of ICCA of Greater Washington), and "Independent Consultants of NoVa, DC, & MD" Meetup.
- Created and organized Ruby DAY Camp 2013 (an overflow event for Ruby DCamp).
- Served as an electronic participant for IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force); credited for input in RFC 3458.
- Founded MARS (Mid-Atlantic Ruby Society).
- Served as webmaster for Metropolitan Washington Mensa and Fairfax Toastmasters. Served as webmaster of District 29 Toastmasters and Mount Holyoke Club of Philadelphia.
- Contributed to “C Secure Coding Standards” book and website for CMU SEI CERT.
- Developer IVRosetta Stone2010 - 2011
- Created and enhanced games and related tools such as content-set editors.
- Added new pages to a Ruby on Rails site engine, modifying the controller and views.
- Mentored junior staff by reviewing code and conducting software engineering training.
- Proposed ideas for new games.
- Integrated with components from other teams or third parties (such as web analytics).
- Senior Software EngineerComcast Cable2009 - 2010
Technologies: Ruby, Python, Perl, Shell Scripting, OS X, Linux, Kerberos, JIRA, Subversion
- Wrote Ruby, Python, and Perl programs to record device performance data.
- Created a Ruby on Rails web application to record and estimate the risks of projects, broken out by various types of risk.
- Created a data file clearinghouse to streamline the data-file transfer agreement process, in bash script.
- Assisted in the security design and implementation for a single-sign-on effort.
- Elicited requirements from other teams to determine needs for performance recorders.
- Senior Lead Software EngineerBAE Systems2004 - 2009
Technologies: XTS/STOP (Secure OS), C, Java, Shell Scripting, Linux, Windows, CVS, Subversion
- Created multiple frameworks for rapid development of near-real-time data guards (traffic scrubbers) since our extant frameworks were too slow. Used those frameworks to create data guards for demos and for clients, including NRL (Naval Research Laboratory), NATO C3A (North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Command, Control, and Communications Agency), NTT Data, and other parts of BAE Systems.
- Developed a week-long training class on information security principles; how to install, use, program for, and administer STOP OS; how to use my main framework, and our main older one; and other BAE Systems products. Taught this class to NATO C3A (in The Hague), NTT Data (in Tokyo), Lockheed-Martin (in Ft. Worth, Texas), and assorted BAE Systems personnel (both the American company BAE Systems Inc., and its British parent BAE Systems plc).
- Architected the next generation of the DSG data guard system and wrote its internal message transport system. Helped analyze security flaws in the previous generation.
- Modified the STOP 6 OS networking stack to let it read and write raw Ethernet packets, to let it act as a DHCP server or client.
- Helped adapt Samba for use as an MLS (multi-level secure) file server for use on F-35 JSF (joint strike fighter) mission plans. Traveled to Ft. Worth to install STOP and our Samba at the Lockheed-Martin plant producing F-35s.
- Co-developed weekly CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification exam preparation classes for colleagues, and co-taught it for a full run of twelve weeks.
- Taught seminars on modern software engineering techniques such as pair-programming and TDD (test-driven development).
- Enhanced and maintained the STOP 7 operating system installer and a package installer/upgrader.
- Tested the functionality of most of our compatibility-patched versions of BusyBox and other open-source utilities, under STOP 6 and 7, and submitted the patches upstream.
- Founded a Toastmasters club (first new club in District that year) and served as president and webmaster.
- Won the Chairman’s Award for Innovation (for “helping F-35 get off the ground”); was nominated many other times for the Chairman’s Award for Innovation or for Transferring Best Practices.
- Won a Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Service and Performance.
- Won a spot award for rescuing the company's reputation with a disgruntled client, which resulted in multiple man-years of additional business. Traveled to Charleston, SC to pair-TDD with their team lead many times.
- Senior Software EngineerSecure Software2003 - 2004
Technologies: Python, C, C++, Java, OS X, FreeBSD, Linux, Windows, Subversion, i386 Assembler, Security
- Fixed and enhanced a static analyzer that inspected many different languages, in C.
- Fixed and enhanced a static analyzer that inspected binaries, not human-readable source code.
- Wrote Python static analysis plugins to find usage of mobile code or files in Java, and usage of the Windows registry in C or C++.
- Made memory leak hunting easier by enhancing the memory allocation library.
- Helped plan test procedures as part of a code quality initiative.
- Senior Software EngineerCryptek Secure Communications2001 - 2001
Technologies: C++, Windows, Linux, SourceSafe
- Wrote a monitoring program in C++ for Windows to detect frozen VPN devices (external versions of our network cards), save sniffer logs, and either power-cycle the frozen device or failover to backup device.
- Wrote requirements, use cases, and visual prototypes for a new management console for an IPsec (Internet Protocol Security)-based VPN (Virtual Private Network) using our network cards.
- Researched management GUIs of top ten IPsec-based VPNs and presented a competitive analysis to my supervisor and colleagues.
- Improved throughput by writing a utility to set the Ethernet MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) on any version of Windows.
- Wrote a manual test plan for the current VPN management GUI.
- Senior Software Engineer3Com1999 - 2001
Technologies: C, C++, Unix (many varieties), Unified Messaging, Telephony, Lotus Notes
- Added VPIM (Voice Profile for Internet Mail) 3 to a Unified Messaging platform. Discussions in IETF Working Group creating the standard led to credit in RFC 3458.
- Enhanced and maintained a system for mobile non-SMS notification of office voicemail, using the normal mobile-account message-waiting indicator instead.
- Co-wrote a multi-process multi-threaded tool simulating 1,400 users per PC.
- Invented a way to change sound file speed, preserving quality better than simple interpolation while retaining greater speed than Fast Fourier Transforms; partially prepared the patent application, including a library containing the function.
- Added a Zmodem file transfer protocol to a telnet/dialup VT100 emulator.
- Added more languages to a text-to-speech server.
- Created SCE (Service Creation Environment) scripts to allow the UM platform to act as a client for an advertising server to support free cell phone service.
- Software EngineerTemplate Software1997 - 1999
Technologies: C, SNAP (Proprietary Language, Libraries, and Development Environment), Linux, AIX, RCS
- Created an ORM (Object-Relational Mapper) for an EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) subsystem.
- Helped design a new GIS (Geographic Information System) data format.
- Updated GIS format-translation and filtering functions and utilities to use the new format.
- Software EngineerTelemet America1995 - 1996
Technologies: C, C++, Windows, OS/2, Visual Basic, MS SQL Server, SourceSafe
- Added new data items to be transmitted.
- Added new calculations to the display.
- Created a new sales contact tracking system.
- Ported data from the old sales contact system to my new one.
- Branch Chief of Systems EngineeringR&K Engineering1992 - 1995
Technologies: SQL, C, Pro*C (C with embedded SQL), Unix, Oracle, Object Pascal, FORTRAN, REXX, MS-DOS batch script, Windows, CMS
- Wrote and ran periodic and ad-hoc SQL queries on an Army real-property Oracle database, including figuring out how to extract the desired combinations of data.
- Developed a flexible SQL query constructor and result display, as part of a facility planning, tracking, and analysis system for the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
- Documented and enhanced BRAC (Base Realignment And Closure) calculations in a COBRA (Cost Of Base Realignment Actions) program for the DoD (Department of Defense).
- Enhanced other real-property database management programs.
- Investigated potential new technology, fixed technical problems, provided general IT support, etc.
- Supervised and coached a programmer/technical support person.
- ConsultantCOMTEK Services1989 - 1990
Technologies: C, VAX/VMS, VOS (Stratus OS)
- Created the user interface for MCI’s phone network monitoring and configuration system.
- Tested an alarm propagation subsystem for the network element configuration system.
- Assistant Programmer and AnalystBDM (Braddock, Dunn, & McDonald; now part of Northrop-Grumman)1985 - 1987
Technologies: C, dBase, Clipper, Pascal, MS-DOS batch scripts, Fortran, MS-DOS, VAX/VMS, VOS (Stratus OS), CDC CYBER, HP PCL (Printer Control Language), GRiD-OS
- Wrote a system health monitor for the company VAX center.
- Wrote an idle process killer for the company VAX center.
- Researched same-user same-account inter-project security and accounting for the company VAX center.
- Wrote parts of a war game system for Air Force University.
- Wrote a weapons accuracy plotter for the JTSC (Joint Test Support Center).
- Wrote a generic-printer histogram plotter for the JTSC.
- Wrote a troop unit strength calculator and comparator for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).
- Enhanced a program to analyze or design (derive behavior from measurements, or vice-versa) various types of physical shock isolators for the United States Air Force.
- Co-wrote multi-process multi-threaded communications software to handle transactions sent over an X.25-like proprietary protocol for LexisNexis (who then hired me).