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Rowan Mansel Crawford

Rowan Mansel Crawford

New Zealand
Member since November 22, 2013
Rowan is a full stack web developer focusing on JavaScript. After his experience as a pharmacist, he has mostly worked in healthcare, creating systems for hospitals and community health workers. His hobby is Open Government, and he administers the New Zealand Freedom of Information site,
Rowan is now available for hire
  • JavaScript, 13 years
  • HL7 FHIR Standard, 4 years
  • REST, 4 years
  • Ext JS, 3 years
  • Asynchronous Programming, 2 years
  • Underscore.js, 2 years
  • Node.js, 2 years
  • Vim Text Editor, 2 years
New Zealand
Preferred Environment
MacBook Pro, Mac Vim, GitHub.
The most amazing...
...thing I've developed is the Sainte-Lague calculator I made for NZ's 2011 election:
  • Contract Developer
    Xero Limited
    2013 - 2013
    • Researched options for front-end ExtJS component strategies.
    • Developed a minimal dependency search widget resistant to JavaScript and CSS conflicts, allowing it to be included anywhere.
    Technologies: ExtJS, Backbone.Marionette
  • Contract Developer
    Open Knowledge Foundation
    2013 - 2013
    • Implemented a CRUD front end for International Budget Partnership's new budget tracker system
    Technologies: Backbone.Marionette, Node.js, MongoDB
  • Senior Web Developer
    Medic Mobile
    2012 - 2013
    • Wrote an appointment reminder system to parse a stream of HL7 messages to determine who needs reminders.
    • Added features and improved stability on Kujua Lite, a system to communicate over SMS with community health workers.
    • Built the API for a more flexible, Node.js version of Kujua.
    • Wrote a simple HL7 parsing node module.
    • Contributed patches to the JamJS and Kanso projects.
    Technologies: Node.js, CouchDB, CouchApp, LESS, Kanso
  • Software Developer
    2009 - 2012
    • Designed and implemented the SmartRules mail filtering user interface.
    • Maintained and developed the front-end of the user application.
    • Added link header parsing to an application allowing extensions to the API while not requiring changes to front-end code.
    • Added JavaScript testing to give confidence to further front-end development.
    • Restructured the theming of the application to allow for easy, user-directed white-labeling.
    Technologies: Flot, Java, SQL, PostgreSQL, ExtJS, jQuery
  • Software Developer
    Orion Health
    2001 - 2009
    • Developed an API and front-end for the CPOE system.
    • Translated application events to HL7 and vice versa.
    • Created configurable laboratory, radiology, and allied health ordering panels.
    • Implemented a parser for medical shorthand to drug scheduling.
    • Served as a JavaScript performance consultant for the entire company.
    Technologies: Java, SQL, Hibernate, XSLT, JavaScript, MS SQL, Oracle, Fop, HL7
  • For Your Information (Development)

    This is an Alaveteli implementation for New Zealand allowing citizens to make Official Information Act (or, as they're better known globally, Freedom of Information) requests of government agencies. The site was the first fork of the software originally developed at by the UK's MySociety.

  • Gitlaw New Zealand (Development)

    This performs nightly scrapes of New Zealand's and parses it for changes in the legislation. It changes surprisingly often!

  • Languages
    JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Ruby, Haml, JADE
  • Frameworks
    Ext JS, Java Agent DEvelopment (JADE), Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Libraries/APIs
    Underscore.js, Node.js, Marionette.js, Nokogiri, Asynchronous Module Definition, Passport.js, Backbone.js, Twilio API, BlueCloth, Twitter API
  • Paradigms
    REST, Asynchronous Programming, Test-driven Development (TDD), HL7 FHIR Standard, Event-driven Programming, Functional Programming, MapReduce, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Test Automation
  • Tools
    Git flow, Git, Vim Text Editor, Ant, Rake, Browserify, Grunt
  • Platforms
    Mac OS, Linux, Heroku
  • Storage
    CouchDB, MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Misc
    Single-page Applications (SPA)
  • PostGrad DipSci degree in Computer Science
    University of Auckland - Auckland, New Zealand
    2001 - 2001
  • BPharm (Honors) degree in Pharmacy
    University of Otago - Dunedin, New Zealand
    1991 - 1994
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