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.
  • Completed major projects including Elasticsearch implementation, faceted search, partner integrations, Django upgrades, a move to AWS, and a sitewide URL restructure.
  • Optimized existing code to improve maintainability, 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.
  • Mentored four new developers on product, infrastructure and setting up environments.
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.
  • Followed an Agile workflow, participating in daily stand-ups via video chat.
June 2013 -
Oct 2013

Yashi

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

Achieve3000

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.

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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