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Ryan Bradley Lons

Ryan Bradley Lons

Austin, TX, United States
Member since December 7, 2014
Ryan is a senior level iOS and Web developer with a strong passion for creating amazing user interfaces and experiences. He's very comfortable working anywhere in the development stack and has 7+ years doing it. He's well spoken and very easy to communicate with, is quick to respond, and excels at figuring out optimal solutions for any challenge you present to him. Ryan has an entrepreneurial drive and understands the challenges startups face.
Ryan is now available for hire
  • JavaScript, 8 years
  • HTML, 8 years
  • CSS, 8 years
  • User Interface (UI), 8 years
  • Objective-C, 6 years
  • Ruby on Rails (RoR), 3 years
  • Swift, 2 years
  • Swift 3, 1 year
Austin, TX, United States
Preferred Environment
Max OS, Xcode, AppCode, RubyMine, Git
The most amazing... I've created is a GPS-based AR app that uses computer vision algorithms to overlay images with perspective transforms on a live camera stream.
  • Co-Founder, Lead Developer, Designer, and Product Manager
    WersDa, LLC
    2012 - PRESENT
    • Architected, designed, and built from the ground up the Wersda server API, website, and iOS app.
    • Managed the product and the expectations of other members of the company, and fought hard to keep the product on track and the Minimum Viable Product clean.
    • Performed UX testing and rapid prototyping to iterate and test out different UI/UX interactions.
    • Wrote a large map creation engine with large amounts of JavaScript, jQuery, and RaphaelJS for vector-based rendering.
    • Created a mapping system capable of creating an optimized route of a list of items from a map of over 45,000 items in just seconds.
    • Created an easy-to-use SDK with full documentation on the Wersda site to allow third parties to power their apps with Wersda maps.
    Technologies: iOS, Objective-C, Swift, Java, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Senior iOS Developer
    Imprivata, Inc.
    2013 - 2014
    • Helped modernize and refactor architecture for an outdated code base.
    • Mentored less experienced developers on design patterns and iOS best practices.
    • Worked to improve the mobile development team's iteration process to make it more Agile.
    • Led an effort which successfully re-skinned the outdated-looking app to bring it up to modern iOS standards.
    • Flattened an overly complex class hierarchy to increase future code readability and maintainability.
    Technologies: iOS, Objective-C
  • iOS Contractor
    Akimbo Financial, Inc.
    2011 - 2014
    • Created app architecture from the ground up and delivered a full-fledged, functioning banking application to the app store within four months.
    • Worked closely with a designer and back-end developer completely via remote communication.
    • Built a custom 3D "Coverflow"-like presentation for expenses that allowed easy navigation of purchases.
    • Responsible for long-term maintenance of the application and UI updates to match new iOS versions.
    • Handled sensitive banking information by using keychain storage and AES encryption.
    Technologies: iOS, Objective-C
  • Sole proprietor, iOS Developer, and Designer
    Iguana Force Studios, LLC
    2010 - 2014
    • Created three iPhone applications and published them in the app store.
    • Responsible for every aspect of the apps from design and architecture to implementation and administration. Largest app is named EarthScribe mobile and is a client/server application with the iOS device as the client and a website/server written in ASP.NET with a SQL database. The web service communication is REST style with JSON.
    • Built a GPS-based augmented reality app that used computer vision algorithms to overlay perspective images on a live video stream in a visually believable manner.
    • Created the in-app purchase function and handled verification and delivery of the digital products.
    Technologies: iOS, Objective-C, C#, ASP.NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL
  • Senior iOS Developer
    Jiff, Inc.
    2012 - 2013
    • Helped architect and implement several wellness apps from the ground up. The apps were all built to utilize the same REST API and needed the same models and endpoints, so we built submodules to be shared between projects to reduce redundancy between projects.
    • Singlehandedly built a CSS-style styling engine to be used to easily change skins of an app using JSON files.
    • Built a dynamic content engine that allows sets of JSON data to be given to a template file. The template files can be swapped dynamically and used to run AB Testing on the iOS client.
    • Performed a modest amount of Ruby development to facilitate server initiatives and acted as a bridge for the iOS team to the Rails team for investigating what certain endpoints actually do.
    Technologies: iOS, Xcode, Ruby on Rails, REST services, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Senior Systems Engineer
    ProAce Technology Services, Inc.
    2010 - 2011
    • Worked in multiple roles as the company is very small, with about 15 employees.
    • Focused on UI/UX engineering, working with the designer to create and implement wireframes.
    • Led a three-month project to design and develop an iPhone app for the Long Center. This project involved meeting clients, performing product and project management duties, UI and UX engineering, and the actual development from start to finish.
    • Worked with multiple external clients on projects using a variety of technologies from Webforms to MVC.
    • Learned to function in multiple unfamiliar code bases within a short amount of time.
    Technologies: C# .NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, iOS, SQL
  • Web Developer
    Teres Solutions, Inc.
    2007 - 2010
    • Worked primarily in ASP.NET Web Forms and SQL database with jQuery and JavaScript.
    • Wrote and maintained stored procedures for SQL databases.
    • Used Windsor (analogous to StructureMap) for dependency injection and IOC.
    • Developed in a code base with a multi-tiered architecture to ensure scalability, separation of concerns, and ease of modification.
    • Utilized TDD principles while writing the unit test, integration tests with mock objects, and UI tests.
    • Focused on enhancing the UI/UX for some of the more technical parts of the application.
    • Worked with QA to plan areas of focus for unit tests when modifying existing code.
    Technologies: C#, ASP.NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery
  • WersDa (Development)

    A product navigation mobile application to help customers find products using an optimized route through a grocery store.

  • (Development)

    My personal website and online portfolio, built the site as an exercise in clean design and an opportunity play with parallax scrolling.

  • Akimbo Card iOS App (Development)

    A prepaid credit card provider; the app provides access to previous transactions as well as the ability to send money, request money, or load more onto the card.

  • Languages
    Objective-C, CSS, HTML, Swift 2, Swift 3, Swift 1, Ruby, SQL, JavaScript, Swift, C#, Java
  • Frameworks
    iPhone SDK, Core Location, Core Data, Ruby on Rails (RoR), ASP.NET
  • Tools
    RubyMine, Xcode, AppCode, SourceTree, Git, Sequel Pro, Terminal, Adobe Photoshop, Keynote, Subversion (SVN)
  • Platforms
    iOS, Mac OS, Linux
  • Misc
    User Interface (UI), Photography, Graphic Design, AJAX
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery UI, jQuery, CocoaPods
  • Paradigms
    REST, Test-driven Development (TDD), Unit Testing, Agile Software Development
  • Storage
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
    Wake Forest University - North Carolina
    2003 - 2007
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