Kevin Sparks

Kevin Sparks

Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
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Kevin Sparks

Kevin Sparks

Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Member since May 30, 2013
Kevin is a self-motivated full-stack Python and JavaScript engineer with a bias for action and proven experience in delivering reliable software. He is passionate about learning and is particularly fascinated with collecting and analyzing data. He values people, relationships, communication, and Vim.
Kevin is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • JavaScript, 8 years
  • MySQL, 7 years
  • Python, 7 years
  • Django, 5 years
  • Agile Software Development, 4 years
  • GitHub, 3 years
  • PostgreSQL, 2 years
  • AngularJS, 2 years
Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Availability
Full-time
Preferred Environment
Linux (Ubuntu), Vim, Git, AWS, Docker, Python
The most amazing...
...platform I've written is a search feature for one of New Zealand's top ten most-visited websites.
Employment
  • Software Engineer
    ClearCare (www.clearcareonline.com)
    2014 - PRESENT
    • Provided general maintenance as well as new features for the flagship SaaS web app (built with Django) and accompanying services (Flask, GraphQL).
    • Extended the core accounting system to support advance billing as well as migration scripts for historical data.
    • Created a microservice to track usage metrics throughout the platform in order to aid client billing using Serverless (AWS Lambda).
    • Implemented security features around user sessions to better support HIPAA + PII compliance goals.
    • Served on the on-call DevOps SRE rotation, helping keep platform up-time on our AWS stack at 99.99%.
    • Integrated a third-party background-check vendor using Restful APIs and webhooks.
    Technologies: Python, Django, Celery, GraphQL, Postgres, Redis, AngularJS, AWS
  • Python Tech Lead, Senior Web Developer
    Yellow Pages Group
    2010 - 2014
    • Served as tech lead for seventeen Python developers. Facilitated TDD, code reviews, system design, and continuous integration. Ensured that features built actually matched business requirements.
    • Worked as lead developer for the rebuilding of Yellow's flagship properties (yellow.co.nz, whitepages.co.nz) in Python. Contributed to a search feature (Solr) built as a platform to service multiple client front-ends and third party apps.
    • Worked as lead developer for the sales and provisioning web tool. Built the components for servicing content/asset administration and provisioning.
    • Contributed to the design of a custom JavaScript framework for handling a multi-component AJAX approach to the UI, codenamed "Helio."
    • Served as lead developer for the hyperlocal property YellowLocal.co.nz.
    Technologies: Python, Django, Solr, Memcached, MySQL, HTML5, CSS, Debian Packaging, Vagrant, Fabric
  • Senior Web Developer
    The Folio Society
    2009 - 2010
    • Flew solo as the developer in a small online team, responsible for all development and maintenance of the company's primary eCommerce website (www.foliosociety.co.uk).
    • Implemented a fresh new "skin" along with a "gift certificates" feature, a tremendous feat considering FS's complex marketing channels.
    • Handled database administration, which constituted around 30% of my overall workload. Wrote and optimized queries for large-ish datasets (200k - 2M rows in some cases).
    • Handled all development operations, deployment, and system administration (Linux, MySQL, Python).
    Technologies: Python, PHP, MySQL, AJAX, JavaScript, CakePHP, jQuery
  • Director
    Just-digital.net
    2008 - 2009
    • Built a range of smaller websites (agency type work).
    • Wrote my own light-weight proprietary CMS in PHP to facilitate rapid implementation.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, MySQL
  • Web Developer
    Trader Media (TNT Publishing)
    2007 - 2008
    • Created new features and maintenance for www.tntmagazine.com as the sole developer.
    • Built a job/accommodation directory for the site.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Software Developer
    Sweet Mamma Software
    2004 - 2007
    • Handled the full development life cycle on small websites (PHP). Supported key clients' corporate intranet.
    • Designed and implemented the desktop app Liquid Metal.
    Technologies: PHP, ASP, ASP.NET, JavaScript, VisualBasic 6, VB.NET, MySQL, MS SQL
Experience
  • Yellow┬« NZ (Development)
    http://yellow.co.nz

    I was the lead developer for rebuilding Yellow's flagship property (yellow.co.nz) in Python. I built a search feature (Solr) platform to service multiple client front-ends and third party apps. Yellow.co.nz is one of New Zealand's top 10 most visited sites.

  • Axle (sales and provisioning web tool) (Development)
    https://axle.yellow.co.nz/

    I was the lead developer for our sales and provisioning web tool. I built the components for servicing content/asset administration and provisioning.

Skills
  • Languages
    JavaScript, Python, SQL, GraphQL, Bash Script, PHP, UML
  • Frameworks
    Django, AngularJS, Serverless Framework, Jinja2, CakePHP, Mocha, Selenium, Bottle, Jasmine
  • Storage
    MySQL, Memcached, Redis, PostgreSQL, Amazon S3, Google Cloud, Neo4j, MongoDB, AWS DynamoDB
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, WebSockets, NLTK, Charts.js, React-redux, React.js, Tastypie, Gevent, Backbone.js, MailChimp API, Facebook API, Beautiful Soup
  • Tools
    RabbitMQ, NewRelic, Adobe Photoshop, Apache, Vim Text Editor, Bitbucket, Git flow, GitHub, GitLab, SVN, Git, Jenkins, uWSGI, Crucible, JIRA, PyCharm, Nginx, Vagrant, Haystack, Apache Solr
  • Paradigms
    Scrum, Continuous Delivery (CD), Agile Software Development, Continuous Integration (CI), Model View Controller (MVC), Continuous Deployment, DevOps, REST, Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Load Testing, Distributed Programming, Kanban, Concurrent Programming, Responsive Layout, Test-driven Development (TDD), Responsive Web Design (RWD)
  • Platforms
    Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Ubuntu, AWS EC2, DigitalOcean, Heroku, Arduino, Google App Engine, Raspberry Pi, Django CMS
  • Misc
    Elasticsearch, Single-page application, AJAX, QA Automation, AWS Lambda, Loggly, Tornado, Data Mining, GUI, Gulp, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Amazon Lambda, Sprints, AWS Route 53, Jenkins CI, HTML5 WebSockets, mod_wsgi
Education
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer degree in Computer Science
    Torque IT - Johannesburg, South Africa
    2002 - 2004
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