Francis Altomare, Developer in Vienna, Austria
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Francis Altomare

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Java Developer

Vienna, Austria
Toptal Member Since
May 23, 2016

Francis is an experienced full-stack engineer with a focus on JVM languages and native mobile. As a startup veteran and co-founder of StormPins, he has first-hand experience growing ideas from concept, bringing them into production, and scaling as they grow. He has built apps for iOS and Android and is as comfortable developing APIs as he is deploying them. He loves working with Java and will always have a soft spot in his heart for Objective-C.


Prospect Hill Advisors
PostGIS, Hibernate, Android, Objective-C, Spring, Java, Kotlin
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jakarta EE, Java, Spring




Preferred Environment

Git, Mercurial, AppCode, IntelliJ IDEA, MacOS, Kotlin

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on was integrating eye tracking into an enterprise CAD application.

Work Experience

Co-founder | Senior Software Engineer

2015 - PRESENT
Prospect Hill Advisors
  • Developed a geolocation-focused RESTful web service from the ground up using Java, Spring, and Hibernate Spatial.
  • Utilized a range AWS technologies including ElasticBeanstalk, CloudWatch, SQS, RDS, and SNS to deliver a service side ecosystem that is both scalable and cost effective.
  • Developed a brand new, location-based iOS application using Objective-C, Swift, RestKit, and Core Data.
  • Developed a brand new, location based Android application using Java and Spring for Android.
  • Developed an iPad application used by broadcast TV studios to view user generated content and display it on air.
  • Managed the app across the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Technologies: PostGIS, Hibernate, Android, Objective-C, Spring, Java, Kotlin

Software Engineer III

2013 - 2015
  • Developed a server side infrastructure to power an in-vehicle telematics system used in the long haul trucking industry.
  • Created fault tolerant ETL tools used to process terabytes of sensor data wirelessly collected from long haul trucks.
  • Used JavaEE to build APIs used to manage trucking fleets and drivers.
  • Worked to drastically increase performance and reliably of existing software applications to better serve an increasing customer base.
  • Developed SDKs for customers so they could integrate with our software solutions.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jakarta EE, Java, Spring

StormPins is a social news and weather application that allows TV viewers to share and post about local news. Users can tag and send content directly to the news team. The news desk can browser through user generated content and easily use it as part of a broadcast.

The ecosystem starts with TV viewer facing native iOS and Android mobile apps, using these apps views can tag news stories and upload a photo, video, and description. These applications are powered by a Spring based web service running in AWS. PostGIS is used to handle storing and searching through geographically bound data.

The TV station is able to browse all user generated content using a dedicated iPad app. Using this app they are also able to select content and easily incorporate it as part of a live TV broadcast.

I designed and developed the entire ecosystem. This includes the Java/Spring based back-end service as well as the native iPhone, iPad, and Android clients.

ScanPost is an iOS application that lets users scan documents and mail physical letters anywhere in the world. The application handles printing, postage, and mailing. ScanPost allows you to scan any letter or document using your iPhone's camera. Built-in page detection, image correction and color filters allow the user to apply post processing enhancements to scanned documents. ScanPost also allows users to import photos directly from the camera roll, allowing users to mail anything, even documents scanned with another app.

The iOS application was built using Swift and uses the iCloud SDK to sync documents across devices. The backend is written in Scala using Play framework. Payments are powered by Braintree.

ScanPost featured on Product Hunt
ScanPost was featured on Product Hunt.
2005 - 2009

Bachelor of Science Degree in New Media Interactive Development

Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY, USA


AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Amazon Web Services


AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Amazon Web Services


JDBC, Hystrix, Facebook API, JAX-RS


Jira, Apache Maven, Apache Tomcat, AppCode, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Flyway, TeamCity, Xcode, Git, Subversion (SVN), Mercurial, Gradle, IntelliJ IDEA, WildFly, Bamboo, Jenkins, SBT, Adobe Photoshop


JPA, Spring MVC, Spring JDBC, Spring Boot, Spring, Flutter, JUnit, Spring Security, RestKit, Core Data, Hibernate, Akka, AngularJS, Angular, Play Framework


Kotlin, Java 8, Java, Objective-C, SQL, AspectJ, Scala, Groovy, Swift, JavaScript, TypeScript


Unit Testing, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Dependency Injection, Scrum, Agile, Agile Software Development, Aspect-oriented Programming, REST


Java EE, iOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, MacOS, Jakarta EE, JBoss, Android

Industry Expertise

Project Management


NoSQL, PostgreSQL, Spring Data, MySQL, Amazon DynamoDB, Microsoft SQL Server, PostGIS


Scrum Master, GlassFish

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