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Full Stack Rails & React Developer with 15+ years experience

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Who am I? I am Tom Dallimore, a developer originally from the UK but now living in SEA. I currently work as a freelance Rails & React Developer, my 2 favourite frameworks that I thoroughly enjoy using (so far!). Additionally, in my spare time, I am managing a form builder I launched late last year called JotJab and building a subscription/membership application for the Shopify App’s ecosystem. But before we go any further, let’s get to my story and why I think we are a great fit for each other. My story Let’s get started. I am a 34 year old developer who has been developing all kinds of applications and software for the past 16 years. When I started software development (when I was about 16 years old) I learned the basics of HTML, CSS and a little bit of javascript. After that I moved onto PHP and C# for a small time but then stumbled upon Rails. I became intrigued, since when did writing code become so fun and fast? At the time I was working at Dyson as a C# developer, but in the evenings and mornings I was building my own little applications - a lot of fun. I eventually settled on creating an ecommerce app (yeah, I didn’t know at the time how much work that would be), which eventually grew into Trado - an open source e-commerce application. Fast forward a year or so and I was offered a job to work at an agency in Beijing. It was a contract based job which was primarily on upgrading, managing and debugging Rails applications, certainly an interesting experience. From there I decided I wanted to dive back into the world of freelance. I helped several companies launch apps using a mixture of React and Rails, including an online store for PPE supplies, a charity donation web + mobile app and an app for the Shopify Partners ecosystem. Why me? I love to experiment and build tools which help people’s everyday lives be more productive and fun! I would say the most rewarding part of being a developer is seeing apps I helped create become a rewarding tool for the user. I’m not just a developer Over the years I’ve worked on projects with teams and on my own. The latter meant I needed to take up other responsibilities to ensure the delivery of a product. These included tasks such as, server management, UX/Product design, graphic design (my father ran a graphic design agency) and from time to time marketing/branding. Guess you could call it a swiss army knife of skills! Side projects As I previously mentioned, since a young age I’ve always enjoyed tinkering with stuff in my free time. The most recent project is JotJab. At the time I was using Typeform to create forms for communicating with audiences on the web, but I couldn’t stomach their high pricing. So I built an alternative using React, Rails, TailwindCSS and Vite, all hosted on Hetzner and Cloudflare using the amazing Dokku engine (seriously, the best open source PaaS out there!). Staying in touch • I keep updated with the OSS community on Github • I follow a lot on Twitter and actively share daily • I follow a few YouTubers. • And I dabble in Reddit, from time to time. Soft skills I like to talk, throw ideas around, and have long conversations about certain topics. I love to experiment with “outside the box” ideas. I do have opinions, I like to discuss and have a conversation about my opinions, but I also love to change and adapt my opinions based on new information. After hours • I’m always keen to learn new technologies, currently experimenting with Go and Flutter • I have a passion for photography and videographer, mostly when taking trips into the countryside • I do enjoy watching a good series now and again, like Shogun There is a lot more I would like to talk about, but I hope I’ve already convinced you enough to start a conversation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Recent Imperial MSc graduate with significant Rails experience

I've recently switched career, but have built up broad experience of Rails applications and web dev more generally from a variety of personal and voluntary projects over the past ten years. What motivates me as an engineer is the potential real-world impact of solving users' problems tactically: for example, my MSc individual project was an experimental version control system in Rust tracking syntactic changes to source, to improve the accuracy and scope of automatic conflict resolution, and so reduce the hurdles to getting working code into production. I'm very comfortable working with many languages and frameworks, and always keen to broaden my knowledge, but have long been especially passionate about Rails and Ruby. A multi-year project for a student society to build a complete conference management solution in Rails means I now have significant experience of almost all areas of the framework and levels of the stack, including testing and deployment strategies, and understand the tools and approaches available to me and their associated tradeoffs. Before the MSc I was a linguist, and so have much experience of independent research and self-directed projects from the academic world—as well as clear and concise technical explanations to non-specialists, and effective and persuasive technical writing. I don't wait to find out what I need to know to make progress, and am always willing to consider innovative approaches to problems on their own merits.

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Senior dev specialising in clean, maintainable code and keeping tech debt low

I'm a full-stack Rails developer (although recent projects have concentrated on API-only backends with ReactJS front ends managed by different teams). I've been working with Rails for over 10 years (since version 3.x) and have specialised in making code bases that are easy for teams to read, understand and maintain. Key to those goals are: using standardised code styles (ensuring RuboCop and the team's practices are perfectly aligned) writing well-structured, easy-to-understand and fast tests constructive and collaborative code reviews ensuring documentation, from git histories to READMEs and other materials (online and offline) records useful, meaningful information that can be easily kept up to date and in sync with any code changes I've recently been adding GraphQL to my skill set, which also includes PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, Redis and other languages (Swift, PHP, JavaScript, and more). On the front end, I have experience both with Rails' native toolset and with ReactJS, Next.js and React Native. I also have experience of platform-native toolsets such as SwiftUI to deliver applications that feel intrinsically like part of the user’s mobile experience. I've worked on projects of various sizes, from scheduling and booking software for a major tech training company to systems allowing TV distributors to sell thousands of hours of programming all over the world. Ideally, I'm looking to work on products with which I can feel personally invested – an exciting product or tech-for-good project would definitely suit me better than a fintech role.

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Over a decade of success in full-stack Ruby on Rails!

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I've been programming since I was a young teen, earned two bachelors degrees from MIT (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering), and I bring an A+ game when it comes to crafting software. My training and broad experience enables me to steer architectural and software design choices. I take pride in mentoring junior- and mid-level developers. I present solid, but flexible, opinions when collaborating with other engineers, and I cultivate those opinions through continuing education and broad experience. Some highlights: • Recruited and led the development team that turned around the National 4-H web application, from a struggling and seldom-used administration tool to a full-featured app used in 25 states at the state, county, club, and member level. • Created a custom product-description language and accompanying web application that allowed a client to create new workflow-based products. The client increased their product offerings by 10x and their volume-per-staff by nearly 10x. • Developed two new web applications for a Colorado municipality to offer fiber internet to their residents. The web applications were used by thousands of customers to sign up, schedule installation, and pay for service, and by the installers in the field to activate new commercial and residential installations. The web applications had to integrate multiple third-party systems and custom databases in a set of robust, fault-tolerant, and transactional processes. • Engineered and developed the noise analysis tool used to validate the integer processing unit (IPU) of Intel's Pentium 4 processor. • Filled a wide spectrum of roles on many large projects, from single engineer, building and launching greenfield web applications, to project team leader managing multi-engineer projects. • Mentored junior- and mid-level developers, helping them earn promotions. Mentored teams by steering team culture through regular show-and-tell sessions and a technical book club.

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