Kevin Sparks

Kevin Sparks

Tauranga, New Zealand
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Kevin Sparks

Kevin Sparks

Tauranga, New Zealand
Member since May 30, 2013
Kevin is an all round geek with proven experience in full-stack web-based application development. His passion lies in building robust enterprise-grade software that aims to add value for its respective users. He values people, relationships, communication, and Vim.
Kevin is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • JavaScript, 8 years
  • Python, 7 years
  • MySQL, 7 years
  • Django, 5 years
  • GitHub, 3 years
  • AngularJS, 2 years
Tauranga, 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 vendor using Restful APIs and webhooks.
    Technologies: Python, Django, Celery, 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
    Python, SQL, PHP, JavaScript, Bash Script, UML
  • Frameworks
    Django, AngularJS, Jinja2, Serverless Framework, Selenium, Bottle, CakePHP, Mocha, Jasmine
  • Storage
    Memcached, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Amazon S3, AWS DynamoDB, Neo4j, MongoDB, Google Cloud
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Facebook API, MailChimp API, Tastypie, Backbone.js, React.js, React-redux, Gevent, Beautiful Soup
  • Tools
    SVN, Git, RabbitMQ, Vagrant, Apache, Adobe Photoshop, Vim Text Editor, Bitbucket, Git flow, GitHub, GitLab, Crucible, uWSGI, Apache Solr, Nginx, Haystack, JIRA, PyCharm, Jenkins
  • Paradigms
    Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Model View Controller (MVC), Continuous Deployment, Agile Software Development, Scrum, Concurrent Programming, REST, Responsive Layout, Test-driven Development (TDD), Responsive Web Design (RWD), Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Load Testing, DevOps, Distributed Programming, Kanban
  • Platforms
    AWS EC2, Ubuntu, Linux, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Django CMS, DigitalOcean, Raspberry Pi, Google App Engine, Heroku, Arduino
  • Misc
    New Relic, Single-page application, Elasticsearch, QA Automation, AWS Lambda, Loggly, Data Mining, Jenkins CI, AWS Route 53, AJAX, Tornado, Sprints, mod_wsgi, HTML5 WebSockets
Education
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer degree in Computer Science
    Torque IT - Johannesburg, South Africa
    2002 - 2004
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