Star Ford, Software Developer in Las Vegas, NM, United States
Star Ford

Software Developer in Las Vegas, NM, United States

Member since September 14, 2016
Star has been consulting and developing software for twenty years, with special skills in capturing and communicating requirements, data modeling, and modeling business processes. Her experience largely focuses on media production workflow management, and she has an interest in optimization and complexity reduction in enterprise-level data systems. Her primary platform choices are C# and related Microsoft tools.
Star is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

Location

Las Vegas, NM, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

C#, Visual Studio

The most amazing...

...optimization I've designed is a Scrabble robot that analyzes every possible play on any board in 0.1 seconds.

Employment

  • Software Engineer

    1996 - PRESENT
    Divergent Labs, Inc.
    • Built a tool for tracking lifecycle carbon emissions in food products, to be used by food producers to quantify what-if analyses of different ingredients, packaging, and shipping.
    • Built a web front end for a broadcasting workflow management system, providing the same fluid experience as the existing Windows client, supporting 800 customizable entry forms, drag-n-drop graphical scheduling, and custom reports.
    • Built a complete inventory and eCommerce system for a jeweler, supporting item tracking for one-off items as well as repeats, photos, and site management features.
    • Added features to civnet.co, a civic engagement web system.
    • Build an interactive kiosk using motion sensors to allow hands-free interaction in an immersive museum-like environment. Ultimately, the tool was used to demo an experimental advertising technique.
    • Conceived of and developed slideword.com, a crossword-like game. This was written in Silverlight back when that was considered stable, then in 2020, rewritten in Blazor (WebAssmebly).
    • Designed and developed NotifyPlex.com, a many-to-many messaging utility for use cases such as government transparency. This was developed using "serverless" computing on Amazon Web Services (Lambda, API Gateway, PostgreSQL and other AWS resources).
    Technologies: C#, Dart, Ruby, JavaScript, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, ASP.NET, MVC, React, AWS, Blazor
  • Software Consultant

    2019 - 2020
    Kaplan/Purdue University
    • Added and modified CMS templates and solved longstanding quality issues in the codebase for a set of marketing web sites using CrownPeak CMS.
    • Built a system for developer productivity that allows for local development and debugging (a missing feature of CrownPeak), and optimized page loads.
    Technologies: CrownPeak, C#, ASP.NET, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2017 - 2019
    Amrock
    • Developed an Azure-based document storage solution with OCR and type conversion.
    • Built an error correction tool to compare details of insurance policies to public data sources, to find mistakes like misspelled names, property identification, and missing deeds.
    • Created an analysis tool for fine-tuning the correction algorithms with visual trends and statistics.
    Technologies: C#, Angular, SQL Server, Azure

Experience

  • Xytech Systems MediaPulse (Development)
    http://www.xytechsystems.com/showroom/videos/

    MediaPulse is a workflow management system for the video and film production industry. I was the lead architect in both the original system with a Windows client and the web front end.

  • SlideWord (Development)
    http://www.slideword.com/

    Slideword is a crossword and anagram game with sliding words. It has an intelligent crossword builder as part of the game, so users can create their own puzzles without experience as a cruciverbalist (Requires Firefox or older versions of Internet Explorer to access the link).

  • Carbonostics (Development)
    http://www.carbonostics.com/

    Carbonostics is a web-based, user-friendly carbon accounting and product lifecycle assessment application that helps food companies do what-if analyses on food products to find out what changes in packaging, ingredients, farming methods and shipping are the most beneficial to the total carbon emissions.

    I did the requirements analysis, math model, database model, and software specifications, as well as coding for this project.

  • NotifyPlex (Development)
    https://stage.www.notifyplex.com

    NotifyPlex is a notification system that I conceived of and developed in 2020. Please see https://www.notifyplex.com. (For testing you may use stage.www.notifyplex.com) The back end is C# in .NET Core, deployed as Amazon Lambda functions, also using other Amazon services (CloudFront, CloudWatch, API Gateway, PostgreSQL RDS, and others). The front end is built in React.

  • Dart-social-movement (Development)
    https://github.com/starlys/dart-social-movement

    I built a social media platform that operates in a very fast single page app, with features including document storage and markdown editing, mapping integration for events, avatars, and complex logic for spam control and vote-based assignment of admins. The process included facilitating a group of volunteers for setting requirements, then architecture, design, and all coding. The running version can be seen here: https://asde.divergentlabs.org. Open source.

  • The Dart Language: When Java and C# Aren't Sharp Enough (Publication)
    Five years after Dart 1.0, Google's rewritten open-source language is attracting increasing numbers of developers. What do C# and Java developers need to know to get started with it?

Skills

  • Languages

    CSS, Dart, JavaScript, ASP.NET Razor, C#, Scala, Visual Basic, Java, HTML5, TypeScript, Delphi, Ruby
  • Frameworks

    ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET, Entity, Angular Material, Silverlight, Angular, Blazor, PhoneGap, Telerik Kendo UI
  • Libraries/APIs

    Windows Forms, AngularUI, jQuery, React
  • Tools

    Microsoft Access, AWS CloudWatch, Amazon CloudFront CDN
  • Storage

    Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Azure SQL, Azure Blobs, AWS S3, AWS RDS
  • Other

    Software Development, Ajax, DevExpress, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Accounting, AWS Route 53, WebAssembly
  • Paradigms

    REST, Agile, Test-driven Development (TDD)
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon, AWS Lambda, Crownpeak CMS, MacOS, Windows, Azure

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Education
    1990 - 1991
    Earlham College - Richmond, IN

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