Richard Nienaber, Developer in Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Richard Nienaber

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APIs Developer

Christchurch, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
August 22, 2015

A passionate developer, Richard has over 16 years of experience in various web technologies. He is at home in Ruby or Node.js and is constantly looking to improve his skills. He reads about technologies, processes, and best practices, and he tries to be pragmatic in applying them.


Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Windows PowerShell, Terraform, C#, Ruby
Angular, DevOps, Python, Ansible, Docker, RabbitMQ, Node.js
Currency Cloud
Git, JRuby, TorqueBox, MySQL, Cucumber, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby




Preferred Environment

Git, Linux, IntelliJ IDEA, Back-end, DevOps

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is a distributed command and control system for load-testing web applications.

Work Experience

Senior DevOps Engineer

2018 - 2018
  • Streamlined workflows with Chef and Windows Server deployment onto the Google Cloud Platform.
  • Created a Ruby gem that helped simplify certain DevOps tasks for the development teams.
Technologies: Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Windows PowerShell, Terraform, C#, Ruby

Senior Node.js Engineer

2016 - 2017
  • Developed back-end microservices in Node.js using RabbitMQ and Mongo.
  • Implemented zero-downtime deploys with Docker and HAProxy, improving productivity and team agility.
  • Used Ansible for configuration management and deployment. Wrote custom Python scripts to close the gap between Ansible and Docker.
  • Maintained systems for monitoring (Zabbix) and metrics collection (StatsD/Graphite).
  • Implemented features in Angular front-ends.
  • Introduced 'ChatOps,' which allowed common deployment tasks to be completed from within HipChat. A much loved feature by QA.
Technologies: Angular, DevOps, Python, Ansible, Docker, RabbitMQ, Node.js

Technical Lead

2012 - 2016
Currency Cloud
  • Developed the specifications for v2 of the company's API.
  • Managed external development resources.
  • Introduced messaging to the platform to improve stability and performance.
  • Reviewed code from all teams to ensure standards are kept.
  • Introduced rate limiting to the API to ensure platform stability and prevent misuse.
  • Introduced 'ChatOps' to allow common deployment tasks to be completed from within HipChat.
Technologies: Git, JRuby, TorqueBox, MySQL, Cucumber, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby

Senior Developer

2011 - 2012
The Spotlight
  • Implemented load balancing and performance optimization utilizing Varnish.
  • Introduced Scrum to the team.
  • Implemented a dashboard in Python in my spare time to view the current state of Varnish servers.
  • Supported various core applications that dealt with actor profiles.
  • Created a video complete with clickable annotations for an ad campaign.
Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, ActiveRecord, Castle Windsor, TeamCity, NHibernate, Moq, Selenium, Varnish, ASP.NET MVC

Senior Software Developer

2009 - 2011
Trafalgar Management Services, Ltd.
  • Supported a booking system for a worldwide travel company.
  • Worked effectively to clean up a legacy code base.
  • Defined specs for and developed an API for external partners to access.
  • Introduced code reviews for the team.
  • Helped recruitment by conducting technical interviews.
Technologies: Oracle RDBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, AutoMapper, SOAP, FluentValidation, NHibernate, jQuery, LINQ, ASP.NET MVC

Fix tests and continuous integration for the project as well as fixed a few bugs.

A Varnish dashboard written in Python.

Loupe examines your gem dependencies for vulnerabilities and reports on any it finds.

TechEmpower Benchmarks
Added extensive Ruby benchmarks.
2001 - 2004

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology – Software Development

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - Port Elizabeth


Node.js, LINQ, jQuery, Moq, ActiveRecord, AutoMapper, PhantomJS


Git, Vagrant, Ansible, Subversion (SVN), Zabbix, Bamboo, RabbitMQ, Varnish, Microsoft Visual Studio, Packer, Cucumber, RubyMine, TeamCity, Castle Windsor, Terraform, Chef, HipChat, Jira, Bitbucket, ReSharper, Jenkins, IntelliJ IDEA


Sinatra, Swagger, ASP.NET MVC, Ruby on Rails (RoR), NHibernate, Angular, Windows PowerShell, Selenium, Capybara


TypeScript, Ruby, JavaScript, C#, Python, JRuby, XML, SQL, XSD


MongoDB, JSON, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle RDBMS, Redis, SQL Server 2008


REST, Agile Software Development, Test-driven Development (TDD), API Architecture, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Continuous Integration (CI), FluentValidation, DevOps


DigitalOcean, Docker, Linux, TorqueBox, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Windows


HAProxy, GNU, Messaging Patterns, APIs, SOAP, Consul, Back-end

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