Sam Anthony, Developer in Sydney, Australia
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Sam Anthony

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Software Developer

Sydney, Australia
Toptal Member Since
July 20, 2015

Sam has 20 years of experience in web development and is passionate about creating clean and maintainable code. His main forte is back-end development and DevOps and Cloud infrastructure. Sam has experience working with a corporate team in London to independently working on his startup in a home office.



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Git, Linux

The most amazing...

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

Work Experience

CTO for Shopify App

2021 - 2021
Social Snowball IO LLC
  • Modernized the engineering approach of a small team to incorporate automated testing and better adherence to coding standards.
  • Stabilized existing projects and eliminated many bugs and vulnerabilities.
  • Mentored junior and mid-level developers. Assisted in the recruitment of new developers.
Technologies: PHP, Git, Shopify API, CircleCI, SQL, Laravel

Lead Developer for an Accounting and Payment SaaS Platform

2017 - 2019
  • Modernized an existing SaaS platform to a REST API architecture.
  • Enhanced an existing application with AWS Services.
  • Derived microservices from a large monolithic application.
  • Optimized an existing codebase and implemented unit testing.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microservices, PHP

Lead Developer

2016 - 2017
  • Helped coordinate a small team of developers.
  • Architected the application.
  • Worked in a fast-paced, ambitious startup environment.
Technologies: 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, 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, Doctrine 2


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, 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: 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: 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: Ajax, CSS, HTML, MySQL, PHP

Junior Web Developer

2007 - 2007
AHM Australian Health Management
  • Helped maintain existing components and create new website and web application features.
  • 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

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.


PHP, HTML, CSS, XML, Python, JavaScript, SQL


Symfony 4, Symfony 3, Laravel, CodeIgniter, Bootstrap 3


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


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


AWS Certified Developer, PHP 8, Serverless, Reverb, Web Services, eCommerce, Amazon API Gateway, Payment Gateways, System Administration, Ajax, Computer Science, Computer Engineering


Ansible, PhpStorm, Amazon Cognito, AWS CloudFormation, AWS IAM, RabbitMQ, Jira, Trello, Apache, Vagrant, Mailchimp, Composer, Git, CircleCI


Pandas, Doctrine 2, jQuery, Shopify API


Amazon DynamoDB, MySQL, Memcached

2004 - 2007

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Wollongong - Wollongong, Australia

2001 - 2003

Manufacturing Technology Degree in Computer Engineering

Wollongong College of Technical and Further Education - Wollongong, Australia


AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate


APRIL 2018 - APRIL 2021

AWS Certified Developer Associate


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