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Ryan J. Peterson

Ryan J. Peterson

Hershey, PA, United States
Member since June 18, 2013
Ryan is a top architect, entrepreneur, and developer. He boasts a proven competency in building cloud-scalable, extensible software and systems. He writes code that can be maintained and expanded over time as business systems and requirements adapt to market demands or pivots in core business direction.
Ryan is now available for hire
  • REST, 8 years
  • Agile Software Development, 5 years
  • AngularJS, 5 years
  • Test-driven Development (TDD), 5 years
  • Unit Testing, 5 years
  • Laravel, 4 years
  • Node.js, 4 years
  • Microservices, 4 years
Hershey, PA, United States
Preferred Environment
Git, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X
The most amazing...
...system I've created is a stochastic path planning engine for a robot entered into the National Robotics Competition.
  • Head of Global Lottery Systems
    2016 - PRESENT
    • Supported the CTO with various management tasks as high-level architectural decisions.
    • Developed a digital scratch-off lottery system for international markets.
    • Architected and developed systems alongside senior engineers for company products.
    • Established stronger accounting principles as part of the codebase of various mission-critical transactional systems.
    • Built and maintained system microservices for global lottery operations.
    Technologies: Node.js, MongoDB, Docker, AWS, Tesseract, Kubernetes
  • President and Co-founder
    Good Burrito Co.
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Developed, organized, and executed the establishment of a fast-casual restaurant concept.
    Technologies: N/A
  • CTO and Co-founder
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Designed and built a Title III and 506C funding platform that allowed the company to become a member of FINRA.
    Technologies: Laravel, VueJS, AWS
  • Owner and Operator
    Serenity Software
    2006 - PRESENT
    • Engineered and built software and systems for several Fortune 100 companies including Dow Jones, 3M, and Chrysler Group.
    • Led, engineered, and managed 50+ proprietary systems in a varied array of industries (mostly confidential work).
    • Engineered a donor reporting system that included PDF letters supporting both Hebrew and English text with proper formatting rules.
    • Built a language translation system for
    • Engineered and developed an LMS system for PTC.
    Technologies: PHP, C, C++, Objective-C, Java, Erlang, JavaScript
  • Project Sales Team Lead
    2015 - 2016
    • Helped Toptal build and plan a direction for its Projects initiative based on experience building and marketing agencies.
    Technologies: N/A
  • Technical Director
    2013 - 2015
    • Engineered a complex content search engine using Elasticsearch with Oracle River to seed indexes.
    • Developed a CRM, PIM, and CMF/CMS component system based on Symfony 2.
    • Architected a paid membership site for a print magazine using Laravel 4.
    • Created a reusable AngularJS framework to rapidly build common UI/UX interfaces from reusable components.
    Technologies: Symfony 2, Laravel 4/5, AngularJS
  • Consultant
    Vigor Branding
    2007 - 2008
    • Planned, engineered, and developed a Flash slide system for local venue distribution nationally with real-time Flash customization via the web for Zoom Media.
    Technologies: PHP, ActionScript 3.0, JavaScript
  • Web Systems Developer
    CTI Networks, Inc.
    2003 - 2004
    • Worked as part of the system team tasked to create a highly dynamic webmail system with a weighted spam ranking algorithm.
    • Developed a CMF for multi-channel ISP brands to support ordering workflows, direct mailing management, webmail login, and dynamic regionalized pricing based on carrier rates.
    Technologies: PHP
  • (Other amazing things)

    I helped to engineer new features like a visitor map from Google Analytics data and Google Account sign in, sign up, and a class code system for 3M+ user accounts on the WPMU site. I also engineered a future system to be released for the 2014 school year for new and improved scalable architecture with AngularJS UI and Elasticsearch.

  • The Education Center (Development)

    I built this from the ground up on Laravel 4 with Elasticsearch driven search functionality ( I reverse-engineered a paid membership feature and integrated the EHub platform by CDS Global.

  • ZippyShell (Development)

    Built business application and visual CMS system for franchise based corporation.

  • AARP Media Sales (Development)

    Built business application and visual CMS for custom website design and business functionality.

  • MobileGuardian (Development)

    Build AngularJS UI with internationalization and localization capabilities and modular system for expansion including custom components, API integration and Auth.

  • Buggy JavaScript Code: The 10 Most Common Mistakes JavaScript Developers Make (Publication)
    At first blush, JavaScript may seem quite simple. Yet the language is significantly more nuanced, powerful, and complex than one would initially be lead to believe. Many of JavaScript's subtleties lead to a number of common mistakes -- 10 of which we discuss here -- that are important to be aware of and avoid in one's quest to become a master JavaScript developer.
  • Ryan is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Ryan shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.
  • Languages
    SCSS, JavaScript, PHP, HTML5, SQL, CSS, Java, C, Objective-C, Ruby, Python, Erlang, C++
  • Frameworks
    CakePHP, AngularJS, Knockout.js, Symfony 2, Laravel, Lithium, Django
  • Libraries/APIs
    ZeroMQ, Node.js, Zepto, jQuery, AngularUI, jQuery UI, React.js
  • Tools
    Mongrel2, PhpStorm, TextMate, Sublime Text, Adobe Photoshop
  • Paradigms
    Asynchronous Programming, Concurrent Programming, Dependency Injection, Aspect-oriented Programming, Agile Software Development, REST, Microservices, Socket programming, Test-driven Development (TDD), Unit Testing
  • Platforms
    Mac OS, Linux, Azure, Android, Unix, Windows 7, iOS
  • Storage
    AWS S3, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, MongoDB, CouchDB, Amazon SDB, SQLite, NuoDB
  • Misc
    DI, IoC, StateMachine, Elasticsearch, UI Testing
  • Certificate degree in Essentials of Corporate Financial Analysis and Decision-Making
    Coursera -
    2015 - 2015
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    University of Phoenix - Arizona, USA
    2004 - 2005
  • Partial Bachelor's (course credits) degree in Computer Science
    Harrisburg Area Community College - Pennsylvania, USA
    2003 - 2004
  • Technical High School degree in Computer Science
    Waverly High School - New York, USA
    1999 - 2003
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