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Michael Ford

Michael Ford

London, United Kingdom
Member since March 19, 2015
Michael is a JavaScript developer based out of the UK. While comfortable on the full stack, he leans toward front-end development and currently works heavily with React, React Native, TypeScript, and Webpack with the aim of rapidly developing stable multi-platform applications. He’s worked with a large range of companies of different size and scope and has a passion for real-time data favoring databases like Firebase and RethinkDB.
Michael is now available for hire
Portfolio
  • Genolingo
    React, React Native, TypeScript, Firebase, MobX, NextJS
  • Bello
    React, React Native, Redux, TypeScript, Firebase, MobX
  • Brilliant Notion
    React, SCSS, Webpack 2, Flow
Experience
  • JavaScript, 7 years
  • Node.js, 6 years
  • React, 4 years
  • Firebase, 3 years
  • React Native, 3 years
  • TypeScript, 3 years
London, United Kingdom
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
Mac OS X, Linux, WebStorm, Git, GitHub
The most amazing...
...development experience I've had is a three-month stint in New York working on open source projects at the Recurse Center.
Employment
  • Founder
    2017 - PRESENT
    Genolingo
    • Developed a platform for generating interactive language lessons based on any foreign language source material.
    • Made use of React, Next, React, and React Native.
    • Integrated with Stripe, Mixpanel, and Hotjar.
    • Built the back-end on Firebase, Google Cloud Services, and AWS.
    Technologies: React, React Native, TypeScript, Firebase, MobX, NextJS
  • Software Engineer
    2017 - 2018
    Bello
    • Led a team of three engineers building out a real-time messaging platform for iOS, Android, and web.
    Technologies: React, React Native, Redux, TypeScript, Firebase, MobX
  • Software Developer
    2017 - 2017
    Brilliant Notion
    • Fulfilled contracts revolving around data analytics in the sports industry.
    Technologies: React, SCSS, Webpack 2, Flow
  • Software Developer
    2015 - 2017
    BarChick
    • Built and maintained a concierge platform through which users were recommended bars and restaurants by BarChick's operators. The platform consisted of an operator interface, built in React, through which operators were able to communicate with users over a variety of messaging platforms: SMS, Slack, FB Messenger, Web, and an iOS App. The users received recommendations and were also given the option to be booked in.
    • Developed an Android/iOS app in React Native through which staff members at bars were able to accept and reject bookings from the platform.
    • Built a web portal through which bars could access their metrics, e.g., how many times they are recommended by operators and how many bookings/covers they receive. They were also able to manage their bookings calendars through this portal.
    • Contributed to the development of a consumer-facing app through which users were able to communicate with BarChick Concierge as well as browse BarChick's bar guide. This was initially built with React Native but eventually converted into a fully native iOS app.
    Technologies: React, React Native, Node, Flow, Redux, Firebase, DigitalOcean, Dokku, S3, Twilio, FBM
  • Consultant
    2015 - 2015
    The Motley Fool
    • Developed a Django application for management of internal data.
    • Involved in importing and normalizing data from existing spreadsheets used for management of the data.
    • Followed Agile principles engaging clients for constant feedback, aiding rapid development.
    • Developed custom components for Django admin using React.js.
    Technologies: Django, React.js, Heroku
  • Consultant
    2015 - 2015
    Farm4Trade
    • Developed a cross-platform mobile application using AngularJS/Ionic.
    • Developed a mobile app using supplied PSD & SVG from the designer.
    • Followed Agile methodology.
    • Liased with back-end developers concurrently constructing a REST API.
    • Released to Android and iOS app stores.
    Technologies: AngularJS, Ionic, Node, SCSS, Gulp
  • Consultant
    2014 - 2015
    Eldarion
    • Worked with various Eldarion clients on web applications backed by Django with Angular/React front-ends.
    Technologies: Django, AngularJS, React.js
  • Consultant
    2014 - 2015
    The Campus Job
    • Optimized a Django app.
    • Debugged Heroku deployment issues.
    Technologies: Django
  • Co-founder
    2013 - 2014
    Mosayc
    • Developed and released an iOS application for collaborative photo albums to the App Store.
    • Developed a REST API using Django, Postgres, Elasticsearch, and RabbitMQ.
    • Deployed to DigitalOcean and AWS.
    • Worked with supplied PSDs from the designer/co-founder.
    Technologies: Objective-C, Django, Elasticsearch, Postgres, Celery, RabbitMQ
  • Analyst
    2013 - 2014
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    • Extended and supporting an analytics platform presenting historical data from vendors such as Bloomberg and Reuters to various internal/external applications.
    • Liaised with clients and vendors onboarding and normalizing datasets.
    • Developed data visualization using Django, AngularJS, and Q/KDB+.
    • Utilized Elasticsearch for fuzzy search.
    Technologies: Q/KDB+, Python, Django, AngularJS
Experience
Skills
  • Languages
    CSS, TypeScript 2, JavaScript, SCSS, TypeScript, Python, GraphQL, Less
  • Frameworks
    Next.js, React Native, Selenium, Bootstrap 3+, Django, Express.js, Redux
  • Libraries/APIs
    React, Node.js, Stripe, MobX, Stripe API, jQuery, Gocardless API, Material-UI React Components
  • Tools
    Now, Mocha, Redux Thunk, Webpack 2, Flow, Webpack, Sketch, Gulp.js, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, Karma
  • Platforms
    Firebase, Mixpanel, iWatch, Dokku, iOS, Linux, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Paradigms
    Agile Software Development, REST
  • Storage
    RethinkDB, MongoDB, PostgreSQL
  • Other
    Neat, Semantic UI
Education
  • Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science
    2009 - 2012
    Imperial College - London
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