Sam House, Software Developer in Chicago, IL, United States
Sam House

Software Developer in Chicago, IL, United States

Member since July 31, 2020
Sam is a full-stack developer who excels at Node.js and React projects with experience at both small startups and established companies. He rolled out a React on Rails site that shares information about water utility companies across the globe in under four weeks. Sam thrives on finding elegant and extensible solutions to challenging problems and has a principled approach to testing, ensuring that edge cases are captured and that code is robust and reliable.
Sam is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Planes
    JavaScript, TypeScript, React, React Native, React Native for Web, PostgreSQL...
  • Threads
    Splunk, Jest, GraphQL, React Native for Web, Node.js, TypeScript
  • Odin
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), PostgreSQL, Mocha, Cucumber, Terraform, Serverless...

Experience

Location

Chicago, IL, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Slack, VS Code, MacOS

The most amazing...

...tool I built was a JSON crawler that could identify and fix data discrepancies between what was then available in various endpoints and what we had stored.

Employment

  • Senior JavaScript Engineer

    2020 - 2021
    Planes
    • Helped launch a female empowerment network's website and app, building features such as messaging, video content, and a blog article hub.
    • Built the site of a luxury watch and jewelry store in London, utilizing a headless CMS architecture with DatoCMS and Shopify to enable the client to update practically all site content without code changes.
    • Introduced automated testing with Jest and also provided training resources and 1:1 mentoring for more junior devs to help them get up to speed.
    • Conducted research of new tools and participated in technical scoping with product managers and designers, particularly with regard to the balance between long-term costs vs. cost of a custom solution.
    Technologies: JavaScript, TypeScript, React, React Native, React Native for Web, PostgreSQL, GraphQL, AWS, Jest, Next.js, Content Management Systems (CMS), Mentorship
  • Full-stack JavaScript Developer

    2019 - 2020
    Threads
    • Developed new and existing internal tools to manage product and order details.
    • Built new components (React Native for web) in the shared component package for use across the company's suite of apps.
    • Wrote Splunk queries for graphs and alerts to properly monitor the performance and status of the product.
    Technologies: Splunk, Jest, GraphQL, React Native for Web, Node.js, TypeScript
  • Full-stack JavaScript Developer

    2019 - 2019
    Odin
    • Developed new features and fixed existing bugs for an end client’s legacy website coded in Sails and Angular 1.
    • Took over a previously abandoned project utilizing AWS serverless architecture, which required thorough investigation and testing to ascertain the status of the project and what work remained to satisfy client acceptance criteria.
    • Led a project that required regular and close communication with the project manager, business analyst, and client to ensure that acceptance criteria and business requirements were fully understood and met within the decided timeframe.
    • Set up and wrote Cucumber (BDD) tests, collaborating closely with the QA engineer to cover key user stories.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), PostgreSQL, Mocha, Cucumber, Terraform, Serverless, AWS, Angular, Node.js
  • Back-end JavaScript Developer

    2017 - 2019
    imin
    • Maintained multiple services to handle the retrieval, aggregation, storing, and augmentation of physical activity sessions in the sports and exercise industry, as well as another pipeline for handling bookings.
    • Maintained and upgraded a search API enabling front ends to sort and filter the data we'd stored, significantly improving the response time through changes introduced to the data storage layer.
    • Participated in community standards meetings to establish and provide feedback on the OpenActive activity data specifications we used in our v2 release.
    • Assisted in the rewrite of the entire codebase, moving it over to Node.js or ensuring that it met standards and business requirements.
    • Developed a React timetable to display exercise class data on the front ends. This was made as an iframe widget with minimal configuration on the client's part.
    Technologies: Mocha, RabbitMQ, Heroku, Algolia, PostgreSQL, React, Node.js, JavaScript, Web Scraping, Data Pipelines

Experience

  • Leading Utilities of the World
    https://www.leadingutilities.org

    A React on Rails site for sharing information about water utility companies across the globe, as well as a range of interactive features, such as the Google Maps API integration and embedded videos and slideshows. The site has a proprietary instant messaging feature for board members to facilitate communication. This project was rolled out in under four weeks.

Skills

  • Languages

    JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SCSS, TypeScript, GraphQL, SQL
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Node.js, REST APIs, React Native for Web
  • Paradigms

    Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Other

    RESTful APIs, APIs, Mentorship, Web Scraping, Storybook, Styled-components, AWS, Serverless, Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Frameworks

    Jest, React Native, Next.js
  • Tools

    Git, Cucumber, Mocha, VS Code, Slack, RabbitMQ, Splunk, Terraform
  • Platforms

    Algolia, MacOS, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, Data Pipelines

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