Nick Yang, Developer in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Nick Yang

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Full-stack Developer

Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
June 10, 2022

Nick has 10+ years of experience in Ruby on Rails, working with REST APIs, architecting apps, setting up AWS infrastructures, and building front ends with JavaScript and jQuery. With a tech stack that includes Docker, Cloud9, CodePipeline, Elastic Beanstalk, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Neo4j, and more, Nick can enforce good programming practices and raise an impact on his work. He is a strong communicator who has leadership experience with developers and UX teams designing and shipping products.

Portfolio

Algorithm Trading Bot
Ruby on Rails (RoR), REST, APIs, Markets, Crypto, WebSockets...
RelayBird
Ruby on Rails (RoR), APIs, jQuery, Ajax, Web Scraping, JavaScript...
Panamerican World
Drupal, IT Project Management, Web Project Management, PHP...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Ruby on Rails (RoR), Amazon Web Services (AWS), APIs

The most amazing...

...app I've written monitors and trades in stock and crypto markets autonomously. It syncs hundreds of data, runs the analysis, and executes trades via the API.

Work Experience

Full-stack Developer

2019 - 2020
Algorithm Trading Bot
  • Developed a program in Ruby on Rails to monitor stock and crypto-currency markets at time intervals ranging from five minutes to one day.
  • Enabled the app to make the buy and sell decisions autonomously on its own analysis and execute those trading decisions via both REST and WebSocket APIs to major cryptocurrency and stock trading platforms.
  • Empowered the app to monitor over 100 symbols at a time. It syncs over 100 new data points every five minutes, combines them with the old data, makes calculations, and executes trading decisions within the given 5-minute timeframe.
  • Set up the entire AWS server infrastructure to enable mass data processing and a fault-tolerant redundant market monitoring system.
  • Experimented with over 1000 technical analysis methods using Pine Script and TradingView platforms and ran more than 4000 different back-testing algorithms on past market data.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), REST, APIs, Markets, Crypto, WebSockets, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), AWS Lambda, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Docker, AWS Fargate, PostgreSQL, Amazon RDS

Founder | Full-stack Developer

2016 - 2017
RelayBird
  • Launched an online software as a service (SaaS) product that enables companies to make automated newsletters by curating existing articles around the web.
  • Built the SaaS product from the ground up using Ruby on Rails.
  • Developed a content curation app that searches articles from around the web, syncs content via RSS and Atom, processes the HTML and XML files, and extracts and summarizes important content pieces.
  • Implemented the front-end app with JavaScript, jQuery, and Ajax, containing an in-place editing UI for newsletter editing.
  • Enabled the back-end apps to save and retrieve newsletters, user auth, payment, mail scheduling, content curation, etc.
  • Hosted the apps on AWS as different services within the same AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), used AWS RDS for the PostgreSQL database, and set up a load balancer on the front-end public subnet to load balance web requests to front-end web services.
  • Used AWS Lambda to set up cron triggers to insert job messages periodically into AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS) and connect the Ruby on Rails app as job workers.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), APIs, jQuery, Ajax, Web Scraping, JavaScript, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Elastic Beanstalk, CTO, Python

IT Consultant

2012 - 2016
Panamerican World
  • Managed a development team in Panama to develop a full-scale content management system (CMS) site built on Drupal as the chief tech advisor for the client.
  • Built a website that hosts over 1000+ journalism content pieces, with a mix of articles, photos, and video-based multi-media content.
  • Collaborated with the client, the chief editor, and a team from multiple Latin American cultures to implement the client’s vision.
  • Drafted out technical requirements, adopted a hands-on approach by mastering the Drupal CMS platform, helped clients overcome complex technical challenges, and significantly improved the original website.
Technologies: Drupal, IT Project Management, Web Project Management, PHP, Technical Requirements, Functional Requirements, Requirements Analysis, Business Requirements, Product Management

Algorithm Trading Bot

Developed a program in Ruby on Rails to monitor stock and crypto-currency markets at 5-min, 15-min,30-min, 45-min, 1-hour, 2-hour, 4-hour, and 1-day intervals.

The app can make buy and sell decisions autonomously based on its own analysis and execute those trading decisions via both REST and WebSocket APIs to the primary cryptocurrency and stock trading platforms.

It is capable of monitoring over 100 symbols at a time. Each character under a 5-minute interval had over 105,120 data points per year. I programmed the app to sync over 100 new data points every five minutes, combine with the old data to make past data calculations, and execute trading decisions, all within the given 5-minute timeframe.

Finally, I set up an entire AWS server infrastructure to enable mass data processing and a fault-tolerant redundant market monitoring system, experimented with over 1000 technical analysis methods using PineScript and TradingView platforms, and ran more than 4000 different back-testing algorithms on past market data.

Languages

HTML, CSS, Ruby, JavaScript, PHP, PHP 5, Python, Java, C++

Frameworks

Ruby on Rails (RoR), Selenium, CodeIgniter, Symfony, OAuth 2, Laravel, Django

Platforms

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Lambda, Amazon EC2, Drupal

Storage

JSON, PostgreSQL, Redis, MySQL, Redshift, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)

Other

APIs, Payment APIs, Architecture, CTO, AWS CodePipeline, Amazon RDS, Security Groups, Ajax, Web Scraping, Business, Business Cases, Finance, Marketing Mix, Algorithms, Data Structures, Operating Systems, App UI, User Experience (UX), App UX, Web UX, Agile Leadership, Team Leadership, Product Leadership, Leadership, Markets, Crypto, WebSockets, IT Project Management, Web Project Management, Technical Requirements, Functional Requirements, Business Requirements, Product Management, Full-stack

Libraries/APIs

jQuery, Ruby on Rails API, SendGrid API, Twilio API, Stripe API

Tools

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS CodeBuild, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Terraform, AWS Fargate, Amazon ElastiCache

Paradigms

Management, REST, Requirements Analysis

2007 - 2010

Honors Bachelor Degree Specializing in Computer Science

Western University - London, Canada

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