Gary Court, Developer in Calgary, AB, Canada
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Gary Court

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Software Developer

Location
Calgary, AB, Canada
Toptal Member Since
April 25, 2017

Gary is a senior software developer, architect, and manager with more than a decade of experience. He's worked on full-stack TypeScript/JavaScript development, website optimization, and user experience/interface design as well as project design and the management of software development teams.

Portfolio

PayerSciences, LLC
Azure, Git, Docker, Semantic UI, Styled-components, React Router, Jest...
Dubsmash, Inc.
Clubhouse, Jira, GitHub, Git, Docker, Redux, GraphQL, Apollo, Styled-components...
ClassDojo, Inc.
GitHub, Linux, Git, HTML5, CSS, WebSockets, Redux-Saga, Redux, React, Koa...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

GitHub, Git, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Linux, Windows

The most amazing...

...project I've developed is the UI for a fully customizable video-on-demand set-top box built with web technologies.

Work Experience

Lead Full-stack Developer - Access Insights Manager (Contract)

2019 - 2019
PayerSciences, LLC
  • Led the complete development of a customer-facing analytics dashboard web app.
  • Managed a small team of developers to achieve the customer's requirements within a short time-frame.
  • Developed an interactive web application in TypeScript, React, and Redux for filtering and displaying analytics data.
  • Designed and developed a back end in TypeScript and Node.js for fetching and serving analytic data, with a strong emphasis on security.
  • Enforced good programming practices on the team and project, including proper unit tests, and type and Lint checking.
Technologies: Azure, Git, Docker, Semantic UI, Styled-components, React Router, Jest, Redux-Saga, Redux, Recompose, Node.js, React, JavaScript, TypeScript

Senior React Engineer (Contract)

2018 - 2018
Dubsmash, Inc.
  • Maintained and bug-fixed a React and TypeScript administrative web application for the management of video and audio assets.
  • Improved and enforced stronger TypeScript typing in their web applications, including generating TypeScript types from GraphQL introspections.
  • Assisted in the development of a new customer-facing React website that complimented the behavior of an existing mobile app.
  • Authored research and development documents for performance improvements and architectural designs.
Technologies: Clubhouse, Jira, GitHub, Git, Docker, Redux, GraphQL, Apollo, Styled-components, Recompose, React, JavaScript, TypeScript

Full-stack Engineer (Contract)

2017 - 2017
ClassDojo, Inc.
  • Developed a new React web application that utilized WebSockets for a mobile browser to control a second desktop browser display.
  • Incrementally migrated an entire web backend framework from callbacks (Express) to a Promise-based architecture (Koa).
  • Maintained and bug fixed the client's main React and Redux-based product.
Technologies: GitHub, Linux, Git, HTML5, CSS, WebSockets, Redux-Saga, Redux, React, Koa, Node.js, JavaScript

Front-end Developer (Contract)

2016 - 2017
Unata, Inc.
  • Designed, prototyped, and developed two new value-added products for their customers.
  • Maintained their flagship eCommerce solution for grocery stores.
  • Designed and developed an interactive image flyer that allowed clients to upload their in-store flyer to their website — allowing customers to scroll through and select items/deals on the flyer to add to their cart.
  • Built an embeddable widget system for external sites to display customer specific product information, price, and order buttons.
  • Implemented the daily feature requests and bug fixes into the core eCommerce product as well as guiding and assisting with two major refactors.
Technologies: Swagger, Node.js, Leaflet, PhoneGap, Jira, GitHub, Linux, Git, Gulp, HTML5, CSS, Stylus, Angular, JavaScript

Project Manager | Architect (Contract)

2013 - 2015
Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
  • Designed and documented several new products and features for their customers, while managing a small team of developers to implement and deploy these independent projects.
  • Worked with executives and customers to gather requirements on new projects and features.
  • Developed requirement specifications, design documents, cost/benefit analysis, and work estimates.
  • Managed a team of software developers, QA testers, and production managers to build, test, and deploy new projects.
  • Recommended and implemented several user interface enhancements to their core product.
  • Worked on information security and user authentication/authorization enforcement across distributed systems.
  • Ensured data retention compliance across multiple countries.
Technologies: RADIUS, Jira, Git, Linux, Node.js, JavaScript, Java

Senior Software Developer

2005 - 2012
Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
  • Solely developed and maintained the embedded web user interface software on four video-on-demand products running across seven different manufacturer set-top boxes.
  • Built a complete JavaScript UI framework for set-top boxes utilizing modern web browsers running on low-cost embedded Linux platforms.
  • Solely developed an offline, single page, and customizable HTML5 web application that provided a user interface to TV services such as television and video-on-demand playback and content guides, local hotel information, and in-room automation control.
  • Worked with overseas hardware manufacturers to help create custom set-top boxes for new clients.
  • Collaborated with QA, onsite installers, and customers to help diagnose and fix problems.
  • Researched and prototyped new technologies for the company—such as IP-over-QAM networking, digital signage, and wireless control of in-room devices.
Technologies: Linux, CVS, Java, HTML, CSS, Node.js, JavaScript

URI.js

URI.js is an RFC 3986 compliant, scheme-extendable URI-parsing, -validating, and -resolving library for all JavaScript environments. It also complies with the specifications of IRI (RFC 3987) and IDNA (RFC 5890). URI.js has an extensive test suite and works in all (Node.js, web) environments. It weighs in at 5.6KB (gzipped, 15KB deflated).
2000 - 2005

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Libraries/APIs

Recompose, Node.js, Preact, Redux-Saga, React, jQuery, React Router, RADIUS, Leaflet

Tools

Clubhouse, Webpack, Babel, Jira, GitHub, Git, Gulp, Stylus, Rollup, Trello, React Apollo, CVS

Frameworks

Koa, Swagger, Redux, Jest, AngularJS, Mithril.js, PhoneGap, FeathersJS, Electron, Angular

Languages

GraphQL, HTML5, SQL, CSS, TypeScript, ECMAScript (ES6), JavaScript, HTML, Java, Less, SCSS

Paradigms

Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Rapid Prototyping, Functional Programming, UX Design, UI Design

Platforms

Docker, Linux, Windows, Azure, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Storage

PostgreSQL, MySQL, CouchDB, MongoDB

Other

Website Optimization, DOM, Semantic UI, Styled-components, Apollo, Chrome Extensions, WebSockets

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