Sam Anthony, Serverless Developer in London, United Kingdom
Sam Anthony

Serverless Developer in London, United Kingdom

Member since April 17, 2015
Sam has 15 years of experience in web development. He's passionate about creating clean and maintainable code. His main forte is back-end development with an interest in cloud infrastructure and serverless computing. During his career, he has worked in circumstances ranging from a corporate team in London to completely independent work on his own startup in a home office.
Sam is now available for hire




London, United Kingdom



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Git, AWS, Linux

The most amazing...

...challenging and rewarding experience of my life has been founding my own startup and taking on the role of lead developer.


  • Lead Developer

    2017 - PRESENT
    • Ported an existing SaaS platform to a REST API.
    • Derived microservices from a large monolithic app.
    • Enhanced an existing application with AWS tools.
    • Optimized an existing codebase.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microservices, PHP, AWS
  • Lead Developer

    2016 - 2017
    • Helped coordinate a small team of developers.
    • Architected the application.
    • Worked in a fast-paced, ambitious startup environment.
    Technologies: REST APIs, Ansible, Symfony 3
  • Lead Developer

    2016 - 2016
    Sports Standardized Athletic Testing
    • Build the entire MVP from the ground up with Symfony 3.
    • Owned the entire tech stack from planning to DevOps and development.
    • Worked with the client to deliver the MVP in timely fashion.
    Technologies: Ansible, REST APIs, PHP, Symfony 3
  • Lead Web Developer

    2012 - 2015
    Vouched For
    • Built the entire web application and REST API from the ground up using Symfony 2.
    • Contributed to public Git projects for a prominent UK payment gateway (GoCardless).
    • Mentored junior developers.
    • Contributed to major decision-making regarding the platform architecture.
    • Grew with the startup from the early days of just three staff members to a company which now employs over thirty people.
    Technologies: Payment Gateways, Git, Puppet, REST APIs, Doctrine 2, Symfony 2
  • Founder/Developer

    2010 - 2012
    Realty Hub, Pty., Ltd.
    • Founded Realty Hub after identifying a need for a new product in the real estate industry.
    • Oversaw every aspect of software development from gathering software requirements to application development in PHP/Symfony 2.
    • Consulted existing users on how to improve the platform.
    • Contributed actively to non-dev aspects of the startup.
    Technologies: Payment Gateways, Git, XML, Web Services, jQuery, CSS, HTML, MySQL, Symfony 2, Zend Framework, PHP
  • Web Developer

    2011 - 2011
    Visual Domain
    • Brought in as a short-term contractor to help cover a surge in work.
    • Worked with the client to determine the best software solution for their situation.
    • Collaborated with companies' internal developers to maintain existing coding practices and to integrate the new module with the exiting workflow.
    Technologies: Subversion (SVN), Ajax, jQuery, MySQL, CodeIgniter, PHP
  • Web Developer

    2009 - 2010
    MyHome Group
    • Developed both internal office web applications and a public-facing real estate portal written in PHP.
    • Supported applications, including a financial system for managing client debts and a system to deliver interactive real estate media (virtual tours) to clients.
    • Worked alongside senior programmers but also worked on my own projects completely independently.
    • Listened to the needs of non-dev staff and suggested/implemented features to streamline office operations.
    Technologies: Subversion (SVN), Flash, XML, Ajax, jQuery, CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP
  • Web Developer

    2008 - 2008
    Goose Creative
    • Worked as the lead programmer on a complex CMS built from the ground up.
    • Introduced a better software engineering culture to the organization (version control and documentation practices).
    • Coordinated work between the other PHP developer, the Flash developer, and graphic designers.
    • Managed the workload between concurrent projects for a variety of clients.
    • Worked within tight deadlines in the competitive digital agency industry.
    Technologies: Subversion (SVN), Flash, Ajax, CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP
  • Junior Web Developer

    2007 - 2007
    AHM Australian Health Management
    • Helped maintain existing components and create new features for the website and web application.
    • Ported large portions of ASP code into the new PHP 5 platform.
    • Adjusted quickly as a junior to a new corporate environment.
    Technologies: Web Services, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP
  • Junior Web Developer

    2006 - 2007
    • Designed the back end for small websites and web applications, including features such as CMS and eCommerce websites.
    • Liaised with clients regularly about project status or improved user requirements.
    • Coordinated my work with internal dev teams where appropriate.
    • Networked to acquire my own clients.
    • Dealt with all the challenges of being a completely independent junior developer.
    Technologies: eCommerce, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP


  • VouchedFor Website and Application

    I was the lead developer at VouchedFor for around two years. In that time, I built a medium/large web application. It was my responsibility to architect the platform. Later, as both the demands of the application grew, and the dev team grew, I was faced with the responsibility of re-architecting the platform to a REST API.

  • Realty Hub Cloud Application

    I founded Realty Hub and built the entire application from the ground up. The application is a set of tools used by real estate photographers and agents. The prominent feature is a cloud storage system for real estate relate media.

    Due to consistent customer interest, the entire application has been re-platformed, allowing for enhancements such as responsive design and a more scalable code base.

  • StackOverflow Profile

    I often engage with community on StackOverflow. It's a great way to get new ideas on how to solve problems and get a variety of opinions from fellow developers.

  • Public GitHub Projects

    I have several public Git projects based around PHP, Symfony, and DevOps.

    I often take advantage of my existing Git projects in work for clients. It helps me cut back on repetitive tasks and increase productivity.


  • Languages

    PHP, HTML, CSS, XML, Python, JavaScript
  • Frameworks

    Symfony 4, Symfony 3, Laravel, CodeIgniter, Bootstrap 3
  • Paradigms

    REST, DevOps, Microservices, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, Cin7, Docker, Mandrill, Linux
  • Other

    AWS Certified Developer, Serverless, AWS, Reverb, Web Services, eCommerce, Amazon API Gateway, Payment Gateways, System Administration, Ajax, Computer Science, Computer Engineering
  • Tools

    Ansible, PhpStorm, Amazon Cognito, AWS CloudFormation, AWS IAM, RabbitMQ, Jira, Trello, Apache, Vagrant, Mailchimp, Composer, Git
  • Libraries/APIs

    Pandas, Doctrine 2, jQuery
  • Storage

    AWS DynamoDB, MySQL, Memcached


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
    2004 - 2007
    University of Wollongong - Wollongong, Australia
  • Manufacturing Technology Degree in Computer Engineering
    2001 - 2003
    Wollongong College of Technical and Further Education - Wollongong, Australia


  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
    DECEMBER 2018 - DECEMBER 2020
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Developer - Associate
    APRIL 2018 - APRIL 2020
    Amazon Web Services

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