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Will Blanchette, Software Developer in Calgary, AB, Canada
Will Blanchette

Software Developer in Calgary, AB, Canada

Member since October 25, 2015
Will has worked as a professional web developer for over 15 years. He's worked extensively with many modern JavaScript frameworks and is an expert in the core front-end technologies. He also knows his way around the back end, having worked with innumerable REST APIs as well as dabbling in most back-end stacks. Will has worked with and led teams of many sizes and has a passion for devising elegant solutions to complex problems
Will is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • JavaScript, 15 years
  • CSS, 15 years
  • Git, 10 years
  • Sass, 8 years
  • Node.js, 6 years
  • Cordova, 5 years
  • React, 2 years
  • Aurelia, 2 years
Calgary, AB, Canada

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

OS X, VS Code, Git, Sketch

The most amazing...

...work I've done was to architect and build the front end of an eCommerce platform for the grocery industry, taking on the likes of Amazon Fresh.

Employment

  • Senior Front-end Developer

    2017 - 2019
    WeMod
    • Worked with a designer and a back-end engineer to build several major versions of their flagship desktop app using the Aurelia javascript framework and Electron and used by over 3 million users.
    • Built a cross-platform web and native Android/iOS remote control app using Aurelia and Cordova and supported its release to the App Store and Google Play Store.
    • Developed a custom administration panel to enable management of content, users, and more on the platform using Aurelia and Bootstrap.
    • Implemented a custom theme for the Xenforo community platform.
    • Assisted with the implementation of several features on a Laravel Nova administration panel using Vue.js.
    • Created a custom website with deep integration with the other apps which make up the platform via a REST API and made heavy use of CSS and SVG animations. It was built using Laravel and vanilla JavaScript.
    • Worked closely with a designer and a backend engineer to continuously add/revise features on all parts of the platform.
    Technologies: Aurelia, JavaScript, Electron, Cordova, TypeScript, Sass, CSS, SVG Animation, Laravel, Laravel Nova, Vue.js, Recurly, XenForo, REST, Bootstrap, Discord, Sketch, InVision, Bugsnag
  • Lead Front-end Developer

    2013 - 2017
    Unata, Inc.
    • Involved deeply with the technical scoping and designing of new products and features.
    • Built a full-featured, white-label eCommerce platform using Angular and RESTful APIs in six months.
    • Led the development of an iOS, Android, and mobile web version of the eCommerce application using Cordova and Crosswalk which maximally leveraged our existing codebase in three months.
    • Implemented an automated, cross browser and device end-to-end testing architecture using Browserstack, Protractor, and Gulp.
    • Supported and updated a number of legacy applications, including native iOS and Android apps and several Backbone.js single-page applications.
    Technologies: Angular, REST, Protractor, Stylus, Cordova, Crosswalk, Browserstack, Gulp
  • Lead UI Developer

    2005 - 2013
    Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    • Built an in-room video on demand UI, including the development of a massive custom cross­-platform JavaScript framework designed to run in a wide variety of embedded environments with an emphasis on the customizability of functionality and visual design.
    • Integrated new software and hardware systems into the platform, including embedded set-top boxes, user input devices, in-room displays, server-based video streaming solutions, and so on.
    • Supported our flagship internet login portal product by adding new features and implementing custom designs and features for new clients.
    • Developed interactive prototypes of new features and products.
    • Built native iOS and Android apps to allow remote control of the video on demand platform and streaming of content to mobile devices.
    • Constructed and maintained the company's WordPress-based corporate website and intranet.
    Technologies: JavaScript, CSS

Experience

  • WeMod (Development)
    https://wemod.com

    WeMod makes it easy and safe for gamers to use mods and trainers with their favorite games. I helped to build their flagship desktop app using Electron and Aurelia, their mobile app using Cordova as well as their website, administration panel, and several other projects.

  • Lunds & Byerlys (Development)
    https://shop.lundsandbyerlys.com

    I implemented a white-label eCommerce platform and deployed to a number of large grocery clients, including Lunds & Byerlys.

    Technologies: Angular, Stylus, Gulp

  • Beader (Development)
    http://www.beader.org

    I developed a community for pixel and bead artists to create and share designs.

    Technologies: React, Node.js, Express.js, Heroku

Skills

  • Languages

    CSS, JavaScript, Sass
  • Frameworks

    Aurelia, AngularJS, Cordova, Express.js, Laravel, Electron
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, Node.js, D3.js, React, Vue.js
  • Tools

    Stylus, Gulp.js, Adobe Photoshop, Sublime Text, Git, Sketch, Webpack, Affinity Designer, Recurly, XenForo
  • Other

    Responsive UI, CSS3 Animation
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    MacOS, iOS, Windows, Linux, Visual Studio Code
  • Storage

    MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL
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