I'm Dan Madere

a full stack developer who's always learning

About Dan

I enjoy solving problems by building maintainable, well-engineered Web applications. I'm from Wayne, PA and now live in Washington, DC. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jen and our baby daughter Lucy, reading about new things in Web development, traveling, and playing pinball.

I've been working in development and operations support roles professionally since 2009. I've worked in some interesting industries including casino gaming, online advertising, e-learning and field service management software. I've worked with some great folks who have taught me a lot. I've built production systems and maintained production machines.

I graduated from Penn State in 2007 and began my career working in technical support. I was then promoted to an IT role, followed by a promotion to a web development role. I currently work as a Django developer at U.S. News & World Report.

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Technical Skills

Ruby on Rails

Python / Django








Work Experience

Jan 2016 -

U.S. News & World Report

Senior Software Engineer • Washington, DC
  • Developed backend code for high-traffic Django application, the U.S. News Best Cars site.
  • Completed major features including faceted search, local deals, and partner integrations.
  • Optimized existing code to improve security, response times, and capacity.
  • Led project to change domain name while successfully minimizing traffic disruption.
  • Led initiative to start using unit tests and database migrations.
  • Trained four new developers on product, infrastructure and setting up environments.
Oct 2013 -
Jan 2016


Senior Software Engineer • Neptune, NJ
  • Developed features on existing classic ASP application, an enterprise CRM for managing pest control and other field service companies.
  • Overhauled internal documentation covering development environment setup, allowing new developers to get themselves up and running in hours rather than days.
  • Trained three new developers on architecture of application, source control workflows, manipulating application data and completing other common maintenance tasks.
  • Wrote complex SQL queries, optimized existing queries and performed one-time data updates.
March 2013 -
April 2015


Consultant • Remote
  • Developed a Django application for start-up offering small business marketing tools.
  • Completed projects requiring a variety of skills including consuming REST APIs, building a front-end with AJAX, designing a DB schema and authenticating users through oAuth.
  • Followed an Agile workflow, participating in daily stand-ups via video chat.
June 2013 -
Oct 2013


Front End Developer • Toms River, NJ
  • Developed two Ruby on Rails applications for company delivering online video advertising.
  • Developed front-end JavaScript code to provide interactive graphs and charts.
  • Developed features on existing CodeIgniter application.
  • Administered two dozen Ubuntu Web servers on AWS.
Jan 2009 -
June 2013


Applications Engineer • Remote and in Lakewood, NJ
  • Developed PHP and Ruby on Rails applications for this SaaS company serving K-12 schools.
  • Served as Salesforce.com administrator, developed data integrations between SFDC and other systems.


Aug 2007

BA History

The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

May 2003


Conestoga High School
Berwyn, PA

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