Richard Garand

Richard Garand

Calgary, Canada
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Richard Garand

Richard Garand

Calgary, Canada
Member since October 22, 2013
Richard is an experienced front-end + back-end developer and team leader. He quickly turns ideas into solid, high-performance systems. He is often called upon to help shape the ideas and communicate with non-technical team members because of his ability to bridge the business and technical worlds.
Richard is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • PHP, 15 years
  • Drupal, 5 years
  • MySQL, 15 years
  • JavaScript, 15 years
  • CakePHP, 7 years
  • Laravel, 1 year
  • Linux, 14 years
  • MongoDB, 2 years
Calgary, Canada
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
PhpStorm and Mercurial, Windows
The most amazing...
...ideas I have worked on are self-serve applications where people can interact directly with information & services instead of needing someone to do it for them.
Employment
  • Founder, Lead Developer
    Garand Webtech Inc
    2006 - PRESENT
    • Created PHP/JavaScript applications.
    • Helped clients translate general ideas into specific, prioritized requirements.
    • Led development teams.
    • Planned architecture for scalable, high-performance systems.
    • Integrated workflow planning with external designers' work to create an attractive and usable end result.
    • Managed projects (including internal team, clients' tasks, and external partners) to avoid overruns.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, Drupal
Experience
  • Modern Guild (Development)
    http://modernguild.com/

    An online platform based on Drupal where college students can purchase access, take assignments, have them reviewed, schedule meetings, and have videoconferences with experienced mentors in their chosen industries.

  • Brock University (Development)
    http://brocku.ca

    A Drupal installation with deep customizations to support special editing requirements at a large university. Also managed performance testing and initial server configuration for 10m monthly visitors.

  • Enrollment Analytics Research System (Development)
    http://academicagroup.com

    Created an integrated survey and reporting system. The survey part includes customized functionality required to do national-level market research (tuned to allow inviting 30-50,000 respondents in one batch). The interface is set up to be very visual and easy to use, so that external users can create surveys as part of future plans. The reporting system allows the results of these surveys to be accessed in real-time with user-created reports, allowing clients to get immediate access to their data. This required translating databases in the 10s of millions of rows into a suitable format for quickly generating any report you can imagine.

Skills
  • Languages
    PHP, SQL, JavaScript
  • Frameworks
    Drupal, CakePHP, Laravel
  • Storage
    MySQL, Memcached, MongoDB
  • Libraries/APIs
    Node.js
  • Platforms
    Linux, Windows
Education
  • Bachelor's of Science with Distinction degree in Computer Science
    University of Regina - Regina, SK, Canada
    2002 - 2006
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