Michael Cole

Michael Cole

Dallas, United States
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Michael Cole

Michael Cole

Dallas, United States
Member since May 15, 2014
Michael is a full stack developer who creatively balances usability with business objectives. He is an excellent JavaScript developer (API design, implementation, and security with Node.js, Express, NoSQL, and SQL) with front-end (AngularJS) and integration (Stripe.js, Passport.js) experience.
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  • Toptal Assignment
    Node.js, AngularJS, Neo4j Graph Database
  • Powma.com
    MEAN (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, Node.js), PHP (Symphony, MySQL, MongoDB...
  • RedRipeApple.com
    Software as a Service (SaaS), Drupal, Aegir, Drupal Commerce
  • JavaScript, 13 years
  • HTML5, 4 years
  • Express, 2 years
  • AngularJS, 2 years
  • MeteorJS, 1 year
  • Node.js, 2 years
  • NoSQL, 3 years
  • MEAN Stack, 2 years
Dallas, United States
Preferred Environment
Linux, Git, Sublime Text
The most amazing...
...things I've made are a web application to scan Quickbooks files and report a financial summary to business owners, and a Medical Visualization app for doctors.
  • Developer
    Toptal Assignment
    2014 - 2014
    • Iterated to improve an AngularJS/Node.js prototype.
    • Integrated Passport.js and Auth0 logins.
    • Implemented and improved security for Node.js API.
    • Wrote a server-side API test suite using Mocha and Chai.
    • Prototyped version 2 in MEAN.IO.
    Technologies: Node.js, AngularJS, Neo4j Graph Database
  • Freelance Web Application Developer
    2011 - 2014
    • Developed world-class custom web applications for a variety of agencies and clients.
    • Designed custom PHP web applications using Symfony2, Doctrine, MongoDB, CodeIgniter, LinkedIn, and OAuth.
    • Designed custom MEAN (MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node.js) web applications with MEAN.IO and Chrome App.
    • Designed custom Drupal web applications with Drupal7, HighCharts, custom REST API) and Drupal Commerce.
    • Contributed to open source software such as Drupal Quickstart (open source dev env for Drupal), Passport-Freshbooks (Node.js OAuth Passport strategy), and NewHeights (Custom jQuery Plugin).
    Technologies: MEAN (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, Node.js), PHP (Symphony, MySQL, MongoDB, Drupal), HTML5
  • Entrepreneur
    2010 - 2011
    • Assisted massage therapists and other micro-service providers to market and sell their services online. I conceived and built RRA as a SaaS company to offer high-quality marketing and scheduling websites.
    • Built a prototype of the service using Drupal, Drupal Commerce, and Aegir (a multi-site Drupal hosting platform).
    Technologies: Software as a Service (SaaS), Drupal, Aegir, Drupal Commerce
  • Lead Developer and Director of Engineering
    Secorix, Inc.
    2006 - 2010
    • Worked on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Self-Assessment Tool (CIP SAT), which is a self-assessment platform using CIP for assessing the physical security of U.S. military bases world-wide.
    • Acted as a developer to deliver the first phase of the project. Before my involvement, the project was in danger of being incomplete.
    • Collaborated on the proposal, estimate, and SOW for the second phase.
    • Managed development team and was lead developer for second phase. Delivered second phase on time and budget. Added multiple assessments, import/export, themes, database refactoring, and performance refactoring.
    • Built corporate website.
    Technologies: PHP, LAMP, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL
  • Transportation Captain and Picture Car Coordinator
    Independent Movie Productions
    2003 - 2009
    • Worked on a variety of independent films including: The Darwin Awards, Valley of the Hearts Delight, Unflinching Triumph, and All About Evil.
    • Managed script changes.
    • Organized team of eight and planned logistics for production locations and company moves.
    • Located antique car enthusiasts to bring their cars to set.
  • Media Master
    Mahasiddha Dharma
    2008 - 2008
    • Led volunteer team to migrate websites from Dreamweaver to Drupal CMS.
    • Updated event sales, newsletters, streaming audio media, and calendar.
    • Collaborated with team for hosted events.
    • Managed sound and video production for online releases.
    Technologies: Drupal, UberCart, Authorize.Net, Dreamweaver
  • Data Integration Manager
    2002 - 2003
    • Transformed Edusoft's data integration process. Previously, the company was selling more than production could fulfill.
    • Upgraded the manual database integration process for K-12 test data.
    • Cut CPU time from over five days to 12 hours, and then scaled up the process for larger sized customers.
    • Hired and trained a team of four to triage and improve the process.
    Technologies: Java
  • Programmer
    Kenamea, Inc.
    2001 - 2002
    • Programmed a secure, reliable, once-and-only-once web messaging service with AJAX.
    • Programmed integrated testing environments for QA.
    • Conducted automated testing for continuous integration testing using Java and VB.
    • Wrote a JavaScript unit-testing framework using JUnit.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Java, JUnit, AJAX, VB
  • Consultant
    Cap Gemini (now Earnst and Young)
    1997 - 1999
    • Supported international clients with extensive travel in the US and Europe and worked with international teams.
    • Wrote manufacturing test software used in factories worldwide for HP.
    • Redesigned a survey tracking system for a medical company.
    • Redesigned a distributed database for an insurance company.
    Technologies: Java, shell scripting, Sybase, MCSE
  • Medical Visualization App (Development)

    A really cool project I built from mockups to beta in 6 weeks. It involved visualizing medical data for doctors, so they could search by symptom or disease for related information and indications. It's a MEAN stack app (Mongo/Express/Angular/Node.js) built with a Neo4j graph database to facilitate stronger graph search.

  • Simple Numbers Tools (Development)

    My client designed SNTools.me for an accounting consultancy. The consultancy wanted to automate and market their expertise in analyzing a company's financial numbers. They were managing the process with lots and lots of spreadsheets.

    As the lead implementer on the team, we built the web app reports and upload API, and managed the integration with a third-party .NET connector. The app allowed users to analyze their Quickbooks data, upload a summary, and see custom reports and aggregation. We built a customizable report calculation and display engine using an RPN calculator with tokens.

    We used Symfony2, Doctrine, MongoDB, Backbone, REST API, Quickbooks, and .NET integration.

  • Powma.com (Development)

    This website serves as my consulting page and portfolio. This site was built using Node.js, Express, Underscore.js, jQuery, and Wintersmith (a static site generator).

  • Inscoop.com (Development)

    A site for social networking featuring reviews and advanced search.

  • Drupal Quickstart (Development)

    Drupal Quickstart was an open source project with the vision to decrease the learning curve for Drupal Developers.

    The project offered a downloadable virtual machine (VM) pre-configured with all the necessary software development tools into an easy-to-use and install VM.

    As the project lead, I designed, built, and maintained the development environment for several years. In addition, I visited conferences and promoted the project. The project is currently inactive, but it was a great experience.

    For more info, view the YouTube tutorials for the project, which have received over 34k hits: https://www.youtube.com/user/drupalquickstart

  • Languages
    HTML5, JavaScript, JADE, CoffeeScript
  • Frameworks
    AngularJS, Express, MeteorJS, Bootstrap
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, Node.js, Stripe API, Stripe Connect
  • Tools
    DigitalOcean, Mongoose, JIRA, Pivotal Tracker, Moqups, Passport.js
  • Paradigms
    Agile Software Development
  • Platforms
    Heroku, Linux
  • Storage
    MongoDB, NoSQL, MySQL, Neo4J
  • Misc
    MEAN Stack
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer degree in Microsoft Certified System Engineer
    Microsoft Certification Program - Microsoft Certification Program
    1998 - 1998
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    University of Nebraska Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska
    1992 - 1997
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