Joseph Halter

Joseph Halter

Hobscheid, Luxembourg
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Joseph Halter

Joseph Halter

Hobscheid, Luxembourg
Member since November 15, 2014
Joseph is a programmer with 13 years of experience. He loves using Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL, and other technologies to find new and innovative solutions to complex issues. He also does iOS apps and likes playing with every language under the sun: Erlang, Elixir, Node.js, you name it. He's always in search of new challenges.
Joseph is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • HTML, 14 years
  • CSS, 14 years
  • JavaScript, 14 years
  • Ruby on Rails, 8 years
  • Refactoring, 14 years
  • PostgreSQL, 14 years
  • Bitemporality, 8 years
  • Elixir, 1 year
Hobscheid, Luxembourg
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
Git, Sublime Text
The most amazing...
...thing isn't the implementation itself but understanding the customer's vision and being able to bring that forth into reality.
Employment
  • Senior Developer
    Talentbox SA/Metrilio SA
    2011 - PRESENT
    • Migrated a dozen separate customer-specific Rails applications into a new unified configurable online platform, reducing the time to set up a new customer from 1 month to 3 days.
    • Maintained a very large Rails code base with hundreds of tables and models, undergoing several re-factoring processes to always allow for adding new features while keeping maintenance time under control.
    • Added thousands of integration tests to avoid regressions, reduce errors, and reduce the need for human testing, which was previous a full-time job for one person.
    • Improved production from one deployment per month to multiple deployments per day.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL
  • Software Architect
    Kneip Communication SA
    2009 - 2011
    • Created a platform for financial institutions to browse their fund publication matrix, allowing them to view and search in real time inside the content of a report that the company couldn't generate daily anymore due to a stressed Oracle database with a lot of stored procedures.
    • Built a multiple-internal API to synchronize legacy applications developed in different programming languages together.
    • Programmed a mail robot API to communicate with ClearStream during all the steps of the fund creation in order to get a new ISIN code.
    • Developed a new platform to centralize all the documents related to funds and allow fast batch import of data in a bi-temporal database with a very complex permission system.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, MongoDB
  • Computer Programmer
    Akira Web SA
    2006 - 2009
    • Created a website in 17 languages for Chanel promoting their latest perfume.
    • Built a communication platform for the leadership of a leading international steel and mining company via SMS notifications.
    • Programmed an in-house CMS in PHP to power websites localized in many languages, allowing people to create their own forms and wizards and bind them to multiple custom services.
    • Handled multiple dedicated servers and scaled PostgreSQL to multiple servers.
    • Started using Rails more and more often to develop prototypes even faster.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Flash, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails
  • Developer
    Artic Media Sàrl
    2006 - 2006
    • Created a platform to find real estate based on geolocation grouped by labor pool.
    • Built a website for a jewelry store with great attention to usability and accessibility.
    • Programmed a website for a big local shopping center from scratch and worked on SEO until it was in the top 10 on Google searches for all relevant keywords, and even ranked 1st when searching on just the name of the city for multiple months.
    • Organized online contests where it's possible to win real money, and worked on preventing people from being able to cheat the system.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Flash
  • Analyst/Programmer
    Lorweb Sàrl
    2005 - 2006
    • Converted manual entries for a local football team into a searchable database with intelligible charts.
    • Extended an in-house CMS to allow customers to create new pages in multiple languages more easily.
    • Created a task to load, parse, and sync multiple directories of XML files with an online database.
    • Scaled a Microsoft SQL-based website by creating specific indexes and optimizing query speed for paginated objects.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server
  • CEO
    Ekzakt Sàrl
    2001 - 2005
    • Managed customer expectations; responsible for estimates and team planning.
    • Launched a successful multilingual online store to sell art pieces.
    • Converted 2D schematics into 3D graphics, improved customer/dealership communication, and learned how to register a patent.
    • Helped a customer digitize his growing paper documents archive.
    • Taught clients webmaster skills necessary to keep their company websites up-to-date.
    • Used Flash vector and scripting capabilities to create responsive websites, serving different content depending on resolution.
    Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Flash, Blender
Experience
Skills
  • Languages
    JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS, CoffeeScript, Ruby, Elixir, ActionScript
  • Frameworks
    Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, Ember.js, Unity3D, Business rules engine, Express, RubyMotion, Express
  • Libraries/APIs
    PayPal API, Sequel, Node.js
  • Tools
    Cucumber, GitHub, Git, RSpec, Mercurial, Vim, Inkscape, Blender
  • Paradigms
    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Prototyping, REST, Pair programming, Refactoring, Functional programming, Continuous Integration, Agile Software Development, Continuous Deployment
  • Storage
    PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB
  • Misc
    Bitemporality, API Integration, Regular Expressions, Application security, Software Architecture, Workflow modeling, Scaling, Debugging, User Experience (UX)
  • Platforms
    Heroku
Education
  • DEUG (equivalent to Bachelor's) degree in Computer Science
    Université de Metz - France
    1998 - 2000
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