Donovan McMurray, Developer in Pasadena, CA, United States
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Donovan McMurray

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Software Developer

Pasadena, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 15, 2017

Donovan has been a freelance web developer for five years, providing quality solutions to many corporate clients. His most recent job was to rewrite a company's customer-facing portal using modern web tech (AngularJS) for a better experience and 10x improved performance. He also has a data science background.



Preferred Environment

Git, Vim Text Editor, Sublime Text, MacOS

The most amazing...

...program I've written is a quad-tree-based run of a simulation of celestial bodies moving through space and interacting with each other via gravitational forces.

Work Experience

Web Developer

2016 - PRESENT
Sunny Hills Palladium
  • Worked with stakeholders who knew very little about the system they wanted in order to determine the best solution for their needs.
  • Used MongoDB to persist important business information with appropriate security and backups.
  • Created RESTful API using Node and Express.
  • Built a complex interface for managers and a simple, responsive interface for workers to use in the field.
  • Hosted the back-end on Amazon Web Services for affordability and reliability.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), MongoDB, Express.js, React

Web Developer

2014 - PRESENT
T1D Exposed
  • Worked with the client to find the most effective way of promoting their global brand.
  • Created a simple and effective informational website for ease of use and quick understanding.
  • Set up a payment system that accounted for over 90% of charitable sales for the organization.
  • Implemented a custom CMS so the client could update information that changed from year to year.
  • Set up a monitoring system to ensure that the site remained functional during peak seasonal usage.
Technologies: Bootstrap

Web Developer

2009 - 2016
Birch Communications
  • Rewrote the customer-facing web portal in Angular to handle increased user load and to improve performance.
  • Designed a user interface based on business requirements using elements from material design.
  • Developed a RESTful interface for communicating with Java back-end (Mongo database and Broadsoft for telephony configuration).
  • Created an automated build system with Gulp to facilitate continuous delivery.
  • Managed ten other developers, assigning Sprint tasks.
Technologies: Java, Angular

T1D Exposed

A charity organization raising money for Type 1 Diabetes care and research, T1D Exposed had little means to reach an wide audience. Their project has received attention from an international donor base. I am the sole developer assigned to their immensely important internet presence.

Birch Communications

I worked as a Full-stack Web Developer for Birch Communications (formerly Cbeyond) for five years. During my time there, I helped rewrite their customer facing portal to be over ten times more efficient, created a unit test suite for the same front-end application, maintained a developer best practice guide, managed other developers' sprint tasks, and made regular status reports for business executives.


JavaScript, R, Python, C, Object-oriented JavaScript (OOJS), Java, C++


jQuery, Node.js, React, Backbone.Marionette, MPI, Backbone.js


Django REST Framework, AngularJS, Express.js, Angular, Bootstrap


Functional Programming, Agile Software Development


Sublime Text, Vim Text Editor, Git, Grunt, Gulp, Chrome Developer Tools


MacOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Unix



2014 - 2015

Nanodegree in Data Analytics

Udacity - Online

2006 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta