Hi, I'm Dan

I'm a full-stack Web developer in Silver Spring, MD

About Dan

My background is in Web development, especially full-stack development using the Django and Ruby on Rails frameworks. I'm from Wayne, Pennsylvania and graduated Penn State in 2007. I previously lived in Philadelphia and the New Jersey shore. I moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 2016.

I'm a husband to my wife Jen, a dad to our toddler daughter Lucy, and a pet dad to two cats and a rabbit. I enjoy playing in pinball leagues and competitions, riding e-scooters, going to baseball games, and watching the This Week in Google podcast, even though it's never actually about Google!

I'm a Senior Software Engineer at U.S. News & World Report, working on their Best Cars site. There I have created many public-facing features on a site that reaches millions of car shoppers monthly. I also frequently help improve backend load time and create partner data integrations. I work alongside eight developers and regularly participate in code reviews and mentoring with them.

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Technical Skills

Python

Ruby

JavaScript

HTML5 / CSS3

Django

Rails

MySQL

Postgres

Elasticsearch

Work Experience

Jan 2016 -
Present

U.S. News & World Report

Senior Software Engineer • Washington, DC
  • Developed backend Python/Django code for a high-traffic media Web site, U.S. News Best Cars.
  • Created the backend portion of the “car finder” faceted search.
  • Implemented revamped logic in car scoring used throughout the site.
  • Completed dozens of partner integrations.
  • Completed two major Django upgrades. Completed a Python 2.7 to 3.7 upgrade.
  • Assisted devops team in migrating from our own hardware to AWS.
  • Changed the inventory search from MySQL to Elasticsearch and made other code optimizations, reducing its load time by 88%.
  • Completed a sitewide URL restructure and domain name change without hurting SEO.
  • Created functionality for dealer-specific pages.
  • Mentored six new developers on product, infrastructure and setting up environments.
  • Regularly did code reviews, both as the reviewer and as the author.
  • Actively participated in sprint plannings, daily standups, retros and product design meetings.
Oct 2013 -
Jan 2016

WorkWave

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

Bizyhood

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.

Education

Aug 2007

BA History

The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

May 2003

Graduate

Conestoga High School
Berwyn, PA

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Contact details

Washington, DC

dan@danmadere.com

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