Paul Young, Swift Developer in Ko Samui Surat Thani, Thailand
Paul Young

Swift Developer in Ko Samui Surat Thani, Thailand

Member since March 27, 2016
Paul has been a professional software developer for over 25 years—predominantly as a freelancer on a wide range of projects with a focus on iOS and macOS app development. He is an American currently living in Thailand. Paul is diligent, communicates well, and loves solving hard problems.
Paul is now available for hire




Ko Samui Surat Thani, Thailand



Preferred Environment

Git, Xcode, Swift, iOS

The most amazing...

...thing I've created is a LAN-based idle-time distributed 3D rendering system before anyone knew how to do that.


  • Software Developer

    2006 - PRESENT
    Freelance Work
    • Built an iPad application providing medical questionnaires for at-risk-youth for Shift Heath Paradigms.
    • Created server-side architecture for music artist/event/venue multi-source data collection for SonicLiving.
    • Built the "Postcards From The Future" iPhone app for Intel developed by Moderati Inc.
    • Developed a party-planning iPhone app for
    • Built a BulletProof digital asset management application development for Red Giant Softwar.
    • Created an iPad video playback and asset management app for Adobe Systems Inc.
    Technologies: Linux, SQL, PHP, C++, Mac OS, iOS
  • Senior Software Engineer / Engineering Manager

    2002 - 2006
    Adobe Systems Inc
    • Worked as one of the lead engineers on the Premiere Pro team.
    • Managed the team for 2 years.
    Technologies: Windows, Mac OS, C++
  • Software Developer

    2000 - 2002
    Freelance Work
    • Developed a 3D Studio Max plugin for Viewpoint Inc.
    • Created feature work on the Commotion image composition software for Puffin Inc.
    Technologies: C++
  • Software Engineer

    1999 - 2000
    • Developed a reverse auction engine for small business services.
    • Developed an in-house CRM system for customer lead tracking.
    Technologies: SQL, JSP
  • Software Developer

    1995 - 1999
    Freelance Work
    • Developed a resume database for Stanford GSB & Apple Computer.
    • Developed an feature update for a BackBurner 3D distributed rendering system.
    • Created MySQL database processing scripts for Digital Impact.
    Technologies: SQL, C++
  • Software Engineer | Director of R&D

    1990 - 1994
    Specular International
    • Developed Infini-D 3D animation software.
    • Developed BackBurner distributed rendering software.
    • Developed Collage 2D compositing software.
    Technologies: MacOS


  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Development)

    Several Mac and Windows releases of Adobe's flagship Digital Video Editing platform.

  • Specular Infini-D (Development)

    Groundbreaking 3-D Animation software for Macintosh.

  • Generating transitions for remapping video playback time (Other amazing things)

    One of two patents related to a non-linear time remapping feature I worked on for Adobe Premiere Pro for variable super-slow motion/fast motion video manipulation. Setting aside the political question of the value of software patents, this was an amazing project to work on.

  • (Development)

    Reverse auction demand aggregation platform for small business services.

  • iPhone Application (Development)

    Developed the iOS front-end for the Party Planning & Invitations Management service.

  • A Guide to CloudKit: How to Sync User Data Across iOS Devices (Publication)
    Modern mobile application development requires a well thought-out plan for keeping user data in sync across various devices. This is a thorny problem with many gotchas and pitfalls, but users expect the feature and expect it to work well. For iOS and macOS, Apple provides a robust toolkit, called CloudKit API, which allows developers targeting Apple platforms to solve this synchronization problem. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Paul Young demonstrate how to use CloudKit to keep a user’s data in sync between multiple clients.


  • Languages

    Swift 3, Swift, C++, Swift 2, Objective-C, C, SQL, PHP
  • Frameworks

    CloudKit, UIKit, Cocoa, JSP
  • Platforms

    iCloud, iOS, MacOS, Mac OS, Windows, AWS EC2, Linux
  • Storage

    AWS S3, MySQL
  • Other

    Freelance Developer, Software Development
  • Tools

    Xcode, Git
  • Paradigms

    REST, Concurrent Programming
  • Libraries/APIs

    Twitter API


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business
    1994 - 1996
    Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA (USA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film & Computer Animation
    1986 - 1990
    Hampshire College - Amherst, MA (USA)

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