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Kaspar Schiess

Kaspar Schiess

Bern, Switzerland
Member since November 28, 2016
Kaspar has more than 10 years of experience working with various technologies on both web and on mobile platforms. As a generalist, he picks up new technologies quickly and has a knack of finding and repairing bugs in existing systems. His specialties among technologies are Ruby and Rust. People are always first for Kaspar, software comes second. He is completely dependable, remains calm under stressful circumstances, and gets the job done.
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  • C, 17 years
  • JavaScript, 17 years
  • Object-oriented Design (OOD), 16 years
  • POSIX, 13 years
  • Ruby, 11 years
  • SQL, 10 years
  • PostgreSQL, 6 years
  • Rust, 2 years
Bern, Switzerland
Preferred Environment
Ruby, Rust, PostgreSQL, Unix
The most amazing...
...project I've worked on is a back-end API that summarizes several seasons worth of Unihockey player data in real time for the web.
  • Consultant, Software Developer, CEO
    2012 - PRESENT
    Technology Astronauts GmbH
    • Created an interface between FleetBoard and Salesforce for a large logistics company. Trucks in the field receive work orders as part of a manipulation that the back-office starts in Salesforce. Once completed, results flow back into Salesforce and allow for up to date reports on the company.
    • Created an API to a database containing several years of unihockey player and play data. The API provides almost real-time access to summaries and statistics. An inflow of data triggers hooks, which in turn, trigger re-computation of statistics within only a few seconds of the original event. This way, tables of results stay up to date while still allowing for frequent page impressions during matches.
    • Created a platform for social storage of bookmarks called ''. This platform has an invitation system for ramping up users, crawls webpages, and executes JavaScript on every page in a sandbox. It also creates screenshots of the crawled pages available via a content addressable storage and CDN.
    • Created and maintained several open source projects such as 'parslet' (Ruby) or 'bocuse' (Ruby). Parslet is a parser generator library that allows for writing parsers quickly. My focus was on legibility of error messages when the parse fails.
    • Deployed software and microservices on server infrastructure, including storage and redundancy. Services deployed here include PostgresSQL HA, HAProxy, Linux Pacemaker + Heartbeat, and iSCSI ZFS ZVOLs.
    Technologies: Ruby, Rust, PostgreSQL
  • Pragmatic Programmer/ DevOp
    2009 - 2012
    Geographic Institute (University of Zürich)
    • Automated central administrative tasks with a self-service interface for the clients.
    • Created an inventory of existing VMs, and worked on the migration of VM services to KVM, and subsequently to Windows Hyper-V.
    • Provided 2nd level support for domain specific applications, as well as direct technical support for end users.
    • Created several small tools to aid and automate the administration of the department's IT services, used in around 120 locations and responsible for around 30 TB of data.
    • Worked on the planning and building of a data center for the department, managing and reconstructing existing machines, managing heat flow, and configuring UPSs.
    Technologies: Ruby, Postgres, ZFS, KVM, Linux, Solaris, Terminal Services
  • Programmer / Analyst
    1998 - 2009
    Various Positions
    • Worked on the creation of one of the first content management systems for enterprise use, all in C++, called 'Obtree'. Supported several database systems and web servers and had a GUI system for templating and publishing.
    • Created a motorcycle ad platform web application in C# .NET in the spirit of Included a domain specific search and a workflow for publishing ads.
    • Worked on cryptographic licensing and data exchange for bank tariffs in Java.
    • Developed several web platforms for clients in tourism and other industries. Platforms mostly published data to the web and had their own authoring solution connected to our clients internal systems.
    • Created a streaming server for a music platform, capable of streaming music videos to many clients 24/7. This project included an authoring platform for creation of music programs and OpenGL based video compositing.
    Technologies: C++, C# .NET, Various Databases, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Refind: Social Bookmarking (Development)

    As part of a team of three, I helped create, a social bookmarking service in the spirit of It includes web page crawling, fast and flexible display to many devices, an iOS and Android app, and mechanisms to synchronize with twitter and recruit new members via invitations.

  • Languages
    Ruby, JavaScript, Java, C, Smalltalk, Assembler, VHDL, HTML, CoffeeScript, SQL, JRuby, C#, Rust, Lisp, CSS, C++, Swift, Ada, Visual Basic, Apex, Sass, PHP, Python
  • Frameworks
    Sinatra, UIkit, Bootstrap, Apache Thrift, Cocoa, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Slim, DTrace, .NET
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Protobuf, POSIX, CocoaPods
  • Tools
    Puppet, Turbo Pascal, Chef
  • Paradigms
    Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Object-oriented Design (OOD)
  • Storage
    PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, MySQL, MongoDB, JSON, Microsoft SQL Server
  • Platforms
    Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android, Solaris, OmniOS, Illumos, Oracle
  • Other
    Functional Design, BSON, AOMQ
  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    2000 - 2006
    École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) - Lausanne, Switzerland
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