Stephen Baden, Developer in Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Stephen Baden

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Back-end Developer

Location
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Toptal Member Since
February 2, 2021

Stephen is a full-stack developer with over ten years of experience working professionally as a software engineer. Over the years, he has led the development of a diverse range of products across various industries. Stephen loves working with people to bridge the gap between idea and execution through technology and design.

Portfolio

Baden Studios
Python, Django, React, REST APIs, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, Web Frameworks...
Check Technologies, Inc.
Python, JSON API, PostgreSQL, Django, REST APIs, Fintech, Web Frameworks...
Lift Interactive
User Experience (UX), PostgreSQL, JavaScript, React, APIs, Python, Django...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Slack, MacOS

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is MyCompass, a case-management app that gave those living with disabilities a more user-friendly way to engage with technology.

Work Experience

Freelance Developer

2015 - PRESENT
Baden Studios
  • Helped clients bridge the gap between idea and execution through the use of technology and design.
  • Led clients through the entire development process, from requirements gathering and strategy all the way through to deployment.
  • Developed and launched various websites ranging from small personal websites to large scale applications responsible for all business operations.
Technologies: Python, Django, React, REST APIs, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, Web Frameworks, Django REST Framework, Python 3, Amazon EC2, Docker, TypeScript, GraphQL, Apollo, JSON, SQLAlchemy, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Responsive Web Apps, Adaptive Design, MongoDB, Test-driven Development (TDD), Full-stack, Back-end, BigQuery, Kubernetes, Terraform, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS Lambda, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudFront CDN, GitHub, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Message Queues, Architecture, Databases, Pytest, Containerization, CI/CD Pipelines, Apache Airflow, Node.js, DigitalOcean, Quality Assurance (QA), Test Case Development, Embedded Systems, User Interface (UI), RESTful Web Services, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Ruby, Offshore Team Management, Heroku, Linux, Angular, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Next.js, NestJS, Front-end, Front-end Architecture, Web3, React Native, Web3.js, Tailwind CSS, Redux, Slim, Bootstrap, Sass, Code Review, Estimations, Agile, QA Automation, Jenkins, Crypto, eCommerce APIs, Extensions, Redis, PSQL, Prisma, Amazon Cognito, Webhooks, Figma, Kibana, Apache Kafka, Technical Leadership, Vercel, REST, WCAG 2, Microservices, Go, New Product Development, Applications, Blockchain, Card Payments, Amazon DynamoDB, Solidity, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Data Analysis, Unit Testing, Celery, FastAPI, Electron, Pydantic

Expert Python Developer

2021 - 2022
Check Technologies, Inc.
  • Integrated third-party APIs such as Zendesk and Modern Treasury to support the operations team and core app functionality.
  • Worked closely with the engineering lead to implement new user features to streamline onboarding and improve quality of life.
  • Assisted other team members in debugging and problem-solving difficult bugs across the application.
  • Used AWS services to deploy and host the application using services such as Lambda, API Gateway, S3, RDS, CloudFront, SQS, etc.
  • Wrote automated tests using PyTest and PyUnit, and integrated with CI/CD pipelines to help automate deployments.
Technologies: Python, JSON API, PostgreSQL, Django, REST APIs, Fintech, Web Frameworks, Django REST Framework, Python 3, Amazon EC2, Docker, TypeScript, JSON, HTML, CSS, Responsive Web Apps, Adaptive Design, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Test-driven Development (TDD), Back-end, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS Lambda, Amazon CloudFront CDN, GitHub, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Message Queues, RabbitMQ, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Architecture, Databases, Pytest, Containerization, CI/CD Pipelines, Apache Airflow, Quality Assurance (QA), Test Case Development, Embedded Systems, User Interface (UI), RESTful Web Services, DevOps, Software Troubleshooting, Logging, Zendesk, App Support, API Integration, Heroku, Linux, Express.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Next.js, Front-end, Front-end Architecture, Tailwind CSS, Redux, Sass, Code Review, Estimations, Agile, Jest, QA Automation, Jenkins, Software Architecture, Storybook, Cypress, Amazon API, Redis, PSQL, Prisma, Amazon Cognito, Webhooks, Figma, Apache Kafka, Technical Leadership, Elasticsearch, Vercel, REST, Serverless, WCAG 2, Microservices, Applications, Payment Processing, Payment Gateways, Card Payments, Azure, Amazon DynamoDB, Data Analysis, Unit Testing, Celery, NumPy, PyInstaller, Zod

Senior Web Application Developer

2012 - 2021
Lift Interactive
  • Led the development of web and mobile applications for clients across a wide variety of industries, using the most recent web technologies and best practices.
  • Designed and developed restful APIs for use with React and mobile applications.
  • Integrated applications with 3rd-party services such as Stripe, AWS, and Google Cloud.
  • Maintained a heavy focus on user experience and product design throughout all phases of development.
  • Developed microservice and monolithic back-end functionality using Python frameworks such as Django and Flask.
Technologies: User Experience (UX), PostgreSQL, JavaScript, React, APIs, Python, Django, Flask, Web Frameworks, Django REST Framework, Python 3, TypeScript, GraphQL, Apollo, REST APIs, JSON, SQLAlchemy, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Responsive Web Apps, Adaptive Design, Amazon Web Services (AWS), MongoDB, Test-driven Development (TDD), Full-stack, Back-end, Kubernetes, Terraform, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS Lambda, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudFront CDN, Pandas, GitHub, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Message Queues, RabbitMQ, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Architecture, Databases, Pytest, Containerization, CI/CD Pipelines, Node.js, DigitalOcean, Quality Assurance (QA), Test Case Development, Embedded Systems, User Interface (UI), RESTful Web Services, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Ruby, Gmail API, Google Calendar API, DevOps, Software Troubleshooting, Logging, Zendesk, App Support, SailPoint, Networks, Cybersecurity, Security, Heroku, Linux, Angular, Express.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), NestJS, Front-end, Front-end Architecture, React Native, Material UI, Tailwind CSS, Redux, Slim, Bootstrap, Sass, Code Review, Estimations, Agile, Swift, WebSockets, Jest, QA Automation, Jenkins, Software Architecture, Sails.js, Storybook, Cypress, Amazon API, Redis, PSQL, Webhooks, Figma, Apache Kafka, Technical Leadership, Elasticsearch, Vercel, REST, Serverless, WCAG 2, Microservices, Go, New Product Development, Applications, GeoPandas, Payment Processing, Payment Gateways, Card Payments, Azure, Amazon DynamoDB, Data Analysis, Unit Testing, Celery, FastAPI, Electron, PyInstaller, Pydantic

Software Developer

2010 - 2012
CEM
  • Planned, developed, tested, deployed, and maintained web applications.
  • Effectively translated client requirements into application designs and systems requirements.
  • Maintained application databases and wrote SQL statements and stored procedures.
Technologies: SQL, .NET, C#, MySQL, Databases, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools

Co-founder/Technical Lead

2010 - 2012
Bitshift Games
  • Developed mobile games for iOS and Windows Phone 7.
  • Shipped Super Punch, one of the first exclusive Windows Phone 7 games to enter the Microsoft store.
  • Oversaw game design and user experience from inception to launch for all games.
Technologies: iOS, Mobile

Check - A Fintech Product for Payroll Solutions

http://www.checkhq.com
A Django-based API that empowers developers to embed payroll solutions into their software. Worked mainly as a back-end developer to maintain and develop new features for the API but also performed full-stack development for other products to help bolster operations and customer onboarding.

Resalytics - Financial and Futures Forecasting

https://stephenbaden.dev/projects/resalytics/
A web application for generating predictive models for future forecasting. The user can enter in their own estimates and predictions, which are paired with real-time data to produce data dashboards for analysis. I worked as the full-stack development lead, designing and implementing the Django RESTful API, Flask microservice, and a React front-end interface.

MyCompass - Humanized Planning and Case Management

https://www.mycompassplanning.com/
A web application designed to take the typically sterile process of case management and turn it into an engaging, social media-inspired platform to help users care for those with disabilities. I was the back-end developer who led the development of all application logic and worked in tandem with the front-end developer for the user interface.

UWalk - Community Fitness Tracking and Engagement

https://stephenbaden.dev/projects/uwalk/
A fitness tracking web and mobile app specializing in promoting corporate fitness and healthy lifestyles in a business setting. Users were able to track all their steps walked, compete in challenges, earn achievements, and connect with other users to be part of a community. I worked as the lead back-end developer developing the application logic and integrating all third-party connections while working closely with the designer and front-end lead to deliver on the client's vision.

Languages

Python, JavaScript, SQL, HTML, CSS, HTML5, TypeScript, Python 3, GraphQL, Ruby, Sass, Swift, Go, C#, Solidity

Frameworks

Django, Flask, Django REST Framework, Jest, Web Frameworks, Express.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Next.js, React Native, Material UI, Tailwind CSS, Redux, Slim, Bootstrap, Sails.js, Cypress, Electron, .NET, Jinja, Ember.js, Angular, NestJS

Libraries/APIs

React, REST APIs, NumPy, Pandas, Node.js, Web3.js, Amazon API, SQLAlchemy, Gmail API, Google Calendar API, JSON API

Tools

Amazon CloudFront CDN, GitHub, RabbitMQ, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Pytest, Logging, SailPoint, Jenkins, Prisma, Amazon Cognito, Figma, Kibana, Celery, PyInstaller, BigQuery, Terraform, Apache Airflow, Slack

Paradigms

Microservices, Test-driven Development (TDD), DevOps, Agile, REST, Unit Testing

Platforms

AWS Lambda, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), DigitalOcean, Zendesk, Heroku, Linux, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Apache Kafka, Vercel, Blockchain, Azure, Mobile, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon EC2, Docker, Kubernetes, MacOS, iOS

Storage

PostgreSQL, JSON, MySQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Databases, Redis, PSQL, Elasticsearch, Amazon DynamoDB, MongoDB

Other

Software Development, APIs, User Experience (UX), Fintech, Serverless, Responsive Web Apps, Adaptive Design, Full-stack, Back-end, Amazon RDS, Message Queues, Architecture, Containerization, CI/CD Pipelines, Quality Assurance (QA), Test Case Development, Embedded Systems, User Interface (UI), RESTful Web Services, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Software Troubleshooting, App Support, API Integration, Security, Front-end, Front-end Architecture, Web3, Code Review, Estimations, WebSockets, QA Automation, Software Architecture, Storybook, Crypto, eCommerce APIs, Webhooks, Technical Leadership, WCAG 2, New Product Development, Applications, GeoPandas, Payment Processing, Payment Gateways, Card Payments, Data Analysis, FastAPI, Pydantic, Zod, Apollo, Networks, Offshore Team Management, Extensions, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), System Design, Algorithms

Industry Expertise

Cybersecurity

2006 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB

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