Rowan Mansel Crawford, Software Developer in New Zealand
Rowan Mansel Crawford

Software Developer in 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
  • REST 4 years
  • HL7 FHIR Standard 4 years
  • Ext JS 3 years
  • Underscore.js 2 years
  • Asynchronous Programming 2 years
  • Vim Text Editor 2 years
  • Node.js 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

    2013 - 2013
    Xero Limited
    • 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

    2013 - 2013
    Open Knowledge Foundation
    • Implemented a CRUD front end for International Budget Partnership's new budget tracker system
    Technologies: Backbone.Marionette, Node.js, MongoDB
  • Senior Web Developer

    2012 - 2013
    Medic Mobile
    • 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

    2001 - 2009
    Orion Health
    • 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, JADE, Haml
  • Frameworks

    Ext JS, Angular, Java Agent DEvelopment (JADE), Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Libraries/APIs

    Underscore.js, Node.js, Backbone.js, Marionette.js, Nokogiri, Asynchronous Module Definition, Passport.js, Twilio API, BlueCloth, Twitter API
  • Paradigms

    Asynchronous Programming, REST, Test-driven Development (TDD), Functional Programming, HL7 FHIR Standard, Event-driven Programming, MapReduce, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Test Automation
  • Other

    Software Developer, Single-page Applications (SPA)
  • Tools

    Git Flow, Git, Vim Text Editor, Apache Ant, Grunt, Rake, Browserify
  • Platforms

    MacOS, Heroku, Linux
  • Storage

    CouchDB, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL


  • PostGrad DipSci degree in Computer Science
    2001 - 2001
    University of Auckland - Auckland, New Zealand
  • BPharm (Honors) degree in Pharmacy
    1991 - 1994
    University of Otago - Dunedin, New Zealand

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