Dustin Farris, Software Developer in Vancouver, WA, United States
Dustin Farris

Software Developer in Vancouver, WA, United States

Member since September 12, 2012
Dustin has a burning desire to create new things, and he has boundless energy. He loves all aspects of modern development and treats his talents as art. From building scalable applications to managing complex datasets, his experience has taught him to always think outside the box.
Dustin is now available for hire




Vancouver, WA, United States



Preferred Environment

Vim Text Editor, Visual Studio Code, VS Code, Elixir, Phoenix, Tailwind CSS, PostgreSQL, Alpine.js, Cypress, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Agile Software Development

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed was a serverless data lake integrated with on-prem and cloud-based data sources and pipelines.


  • Lead Engineer

    2018 - 2020
    The University of Colorado - CU Boulder - ODA
    • Architected and developed a serverless data lake integrated with on-premises and cloud-based data sources and data pipelines.
    • Assisted with interviewing and hiring new engineers to fill out the data lake platform team.
    • Engaged with corporate security, anonymized data, and implemented security controls to achieve NIST 800 compliance.
    Technologies: Python, AWS Glue, AWS Step Functions, AWS Lambda, TypeScript, Terraform, Pulumi, AWS IAM, Spark, Pandas, SAS, Tableau, Scrum, Technical Hiring, Interviewing, AWS Simple Notification Service (AWS SNS), Amazon Athena, Document Management Systems (DMS), Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Fargate, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), D3.js, Data Lake Design, SAML, Federated Sign-in, Grouper, Shibboleth, Apache NiFi, ETL, Amazon CloudWatch, Serverless, Amazon DynamoDB, Collibra, Apache Airflow, Airtable, Confluence, Duo, Oracle, PeopleSoft
  • Co-founder

    2016 - 2017
    • Built software from the ground up, both front-end and back-end.
    • Designed the user experience.
    • Automated deployment.
    • Programmed real-time events.
    Technologies: GraphQL, Event Sourcing, Elm, Elixir, SQL, HTML, CSS, API Architecture, Bootstrap, APIs, API Integration, Linux, PostgreSQL, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, HTML5
  • QA Engineer

    2014 - 2016
    • Architected a unit and acceptance testing solution using Pytest and Selenium.
    • Rolled out continuous integration on CircleCI.
    • Backfilled tests for an existing project.
    • Filed bugs and triaged existing reports.
    • Advised the team on process strategies including testing, peer review, and workflow.
    • Advised the team on various process tools including GitHub and JIRA.
    • Advised the team on various tech-related issues including deployment and coding best practices.
    • Provided additional full-stack development as needed.
    Technologies: Celery, Elasticsearch, Django, SQL, HTML, CSS, API Architecture, Bootstrap, MySQL, APIs, PostgreSQL, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, HTML5
  • Senior Developer

    2012 - 2014
    Plum Radio
    • Developed a back-end database and API.
    • Built a radio server to broadcast streaming audio.
    • Worked with vendors to build a mobile application.
    Technologies: Ember.js, Django, SQL, HTML, CSS, API Architecture, Bootstrap, APIs, API Integration, Linux, PostgreSQL, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, HTML5
  • Senior Developer

    2011 - 2012
    WONDER | Visualizing Brands
    • Created a testing environment using Factory Boy and borrowing ideas from Ruby on Rails.
    • Strategized and deployed a single server solution to host multiple isolated Django projects.
    • Deployed Sentry across all projects for error monitoring.
    • Used AJAX and HTML5 technologies to improve UX across projects.
    • Automated various server-related tasks and integrated many into Django projects using Fabric.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Python, Django, SQL, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, HTML5, jQuery
  • Senior Developer

    2009 - 2011
    • Developed a new website for public outreach.
    • Developed a client portal to track sales and order shipments.
    • Developed a communication interface with existing internal technology.
    • Worked with the marketing department to gather analytics.
    Technologies: Django, SQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, API Architecture, Bootstrap, MySQL, Stripe, APIs, API Integration, Linux, Python, Elixir, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, HTML5


  • Focus Financial Partners

    Focus Financial Partners offers personalized financial coaching around the globe. The site features geolocation services for finding an advisor, and a blog that implements a rigorous approval process.

  • Industry Maps

    I helped begin a new way of organizing market data intended to help startups find their place in the corporate world. Using Django, I created categorical hierarchies, API data imports from data stores like CrunchBase, and a widget to display personalized LinkedIn connections found in a company.

  • Soul Electronics

    I built an HTML5 compliant marketing site for the SOUL headphones product.

  • Glasswerks

    Glasswerks is an industrial glass provider with locations in California, Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina. After building the public site, I built a client account system for customers to check order statuses, check and redeem loyalty reward points, and submit specialized quote/order requests.

  • John O'Kelly Properties

    John O'Kelly is a broker in New York City. His listings include apartments of all sizes located in different parts of Manhattan. Featured on his site are apartment rentals, commercial space listings, and Youtube video tours of the many properties he has available.

  • ComQi Connected Experiences

    ComQi is a global leader providing a powerful multi-channel message management platform that controls a network's content and infrastructure, closing the loop between digital signage, mobile, web, and social media within a venue.

    I implemented a full CMS (Django-cms) to allow a web novice to edit, alter, and arrange a full spectrum of page placeholders and plugins.

  • Pyjade

    I've contributed to making the Python port of Jade more compatible with Django.

  • Make More Positive Art

    My team created an HTML5 drawing tool for an art campaign for Make More Positive. My role involved tying in the base-64-encoded image to WordPress' asset management library.

  • Ember-django-adapter

    An adapter for Ember Data to work with Django REST Framework APIs.


  • Languages

    Elm, Elixir, Python, HTML5, GraphQL, JavaScript, CSS3, Sass, Less, Bash, HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby, SQL, TypeScript, SAS, SAML
  • Frameworks

    Django REST Framework, Ember.js, Phoenix, Django, Redux, Bootstrap, Materialize, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Tailwind CSS, Cypress, Spark
  • Tools

    GitHub, Vim Text Editor, Virtualenv, Celery, Jira, Pytest, AWS SDK, Zsh, Adobe Photoshop, Apache Solr, VS Code, AWS Glue, AWS Step Functions, Terraform, AWS IAM, Tableau, AWS Simple Notification Service (AWS SNS), Amazon Athena, AWS Fargate, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), Shibboleth, Apache NiFi, Amazon CloudWatch, Collibra, Apache Airflow, Confluence
  • Paradigms

    Continuous Integration (CI), Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile Software Development, Continuous Deployment, API Architecture, Event Sourcing, Scrum, ETL
  • Platforms

    Linux, MacOS, OS X, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, Duo, Oracle, Visual Studio Code
  • Other

    User Stories, APIs, API Integration, Domain-driven Design (DDD), Vi, Capital Markets, Alpine.js, Pulumi, Technical Hiring, Interviewing, Federated Sign-in, Grouper, Serverless, Airtable, PeopleSoft, Document Management Systems (DMS)
  • Libraries/APIs

    Salesforce API, Selenium WebDriver, jQuery, Facebook API, Twitter API, Crunchbase API, LinkedIn API, Setuptools, Stripe, Kivy, Pandas, D3.js
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, Redis, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Elasticsearch, Memcached, MySQL, Data Lake Design, Amazon DynamoDB

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