Peter James Row, Developer in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia

Peter James Row

Debugging Developer

Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Toptal Member Since
June 26, 2014

Peter has 5 years of Python experience in a scientific research environment. He has also been coding for iOS for 1 year, and has made two personal apps on the App Store: a physics-based game using Cocos2D (the predecessor to SpriteKit) and an educational app.

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Indie Development
Data Mining, Unicode, Google Analytics, Python, Tornado, NGINX, SQL...
Geoscience Australia
NumPy, SciPy, Esri, MATLAB, Python


Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia



Preferred Environment

Terminal, Unit, Subversion (SVN), Mercurial, Git, Linux, OS X

The most amazing... I've made is a Chinese flashcard app for iOS using spaced repetition, SQLite, asynchronous programming, and Python to build the datasets.

Work Experience

2013 - 2014


Indie Development
  • Developed and shipped a physics-based game using Cocos2D and Chipmunk Physics.
  • Developed and shipped a spaced repetition flashcard learning system for iOS.
  • Designed and created user interfaces using UIWebView, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Created flashcard datasets using data mining techniques with Python.
  • Created web sites to market the app, integrating Google Analytics.
  • Reformatted public domain Chinese classic novels to allow users to learn words in context.
  • Added text to speech.
  • Used asynchronous techniques to improve database access.
  • Added C extension functions to SQLite.
  • Made extensive use of Unicode and Natural Language parsing / processing.
Technologies: Data Mining, Unicode, Google Analytics, Python, Tornado, NGINX, SQL, Objective-C, iOS
2005 - 2009

Python Developer

Geoscience Australia
  • Ported an earthquake risk model simulator from MATLAB to Python, performed optimizations, and validated it against the original.
  • Added features to a Python shallow water tsunami model and added integration with a Fortran deep water model.
  • Maintained and extended scripts (using geospatial scripting) to build a catalogue of buildings in Australia.
  • Significantly improved the performance of the earthquake risk model by porting some functions to C++.
  • Developed unit tests, used version control, collaborated with team mates and other teams, created conversion scripts, and documentation.
Technologies: NumPy, SciPy, Esri, MATLAB, Python


Laowai Pro

Chinese Flashcard iOS app.

Solar Ruckus

2D physics-based game with accelerator-based controls.



Python, Objective-C, SQL, C, CSS, HTML


Tornado, Software Development, Debugging, Lean Development, Unicode, Data Mining, Unit


Django, Knockout (Knockout.js), Chipmunk, Cocos2d


NumPy, SciPy, jQuery


Asynchronous Programming, Unit Testing


MacOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS


SQLite, Redis, PostgreSQL


MATLAB, Esri, NGINX, Google Analytics, Git, Mercurial, Subversion (SVN), Terminal


2001 - 2008

Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics

Australian National University - Canberra