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schoolEducation

event_note2003-2008: Simon Fraser University

I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a B. A. Sc. in Computing Science with a specialization in artificial intelligence. Yeah, that's right! AI! In 2008! Before it was cool!

buildWork

event_note2008-2011: Nitobi

After graduating in 2008, I joined Nitobi, a web and mobile software development consultancy. There I worked on a few different projects:

  1. trial-by-fire, as my first client work I essentially worked alone on a top-1000 web property for Microsoft, ieaddons.com, getting 1.5-2.5 million daily unique visits
  2. on behalf of global travel giant Sabre Holdings, I developed mobile websites and applications for corporate travel under the GetThere suite of apps
  3. open source work on PhoneGap, ranging from implementations on specific mobile platforms (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) to the tooling, as well as leveraging it for various consulting engagements
  4. Then-Nitobi-now-Adobe's online mobile application compilation/deployment tool, PhoneGap Build

event_note2011-2013: Adobe

In late 2011, Nitobi was acquired by Adobe, where I continued work on PhoneGap. Most of my activity took place under the Apache Foundation as the Cordova project.

My main projects at Adobe were mostly Cordova-specific and included:

  1. cordova-cli, a nodejs-based command line tool for Cordova-based applications - available on npm
  2. cordova-js, the unified JavaScript layer for the Cordova project
  3. cordova-android, the Android implementation of Cordova
  4. cordova-ios, the iOS implementation of Cordova
  5. cordova-blackberry, the BlackBerry WebWorks implementation of Cordova
  6. cordova-wp7, the Windows Phone 7 implementation of Cordova
  7. cordova-plugman, a nodejs-based command line tool for installing and uninstalling Cordova plugins - available on npm

event_note2013-2016: Sauce Labs

In September of 2013, I joined Sauce Labs where I started as a member of the Mobile R&D team. This was the team responsible for designing and building Sauce's mobile solution - an on-demand service for access to virtual and real Android and iOS devices, mainly for testing native and web applications.

I veered away from focusing on mobile development exclusively in my time at Sauce Labs. I gained valuable experience managing fleets of both bare-metal and virtual machines of various operating systems (Linux, Windows and Mac) powering Sauce's SaaS testing service. I learned how to build and run a distributed, highly-available system, shifting my focus towards (cringe) DevOps, that is, design and maintenance of systems, from hardware up to software, from operational to programming concerns.

In my final two years at Sauce, I took the dive into management, coded less and worked on more organizational and process challenges such as hiring, mobile product strategy and team management as Director of Engineering for Sauce Labs' brand new (at the time) Vancouver, Canada office. I also completed a New Manager Bootcamp at UC Berkeley's Executive Education faculty.

As an engineering manager I learned but also stressed a lot. In September 2016, I left Sauce Labs and traveled Southeast Asia for six weeks because vacation is important and life's too short amirite? Thus ended my two year stint as an engineering management. I might come back to it one day. In a startup, perhaps. Maybe.

event_noteNovember 2016: Adobe

In November of 2016, I rejoined Adobe with the PhoneGap team! I mostly worked in a supporting role, helping push stability, reliability and speed of delivery of the PhoneGap and Cordova projects.

In November of 2017, a few co-workers and I moved to the Developer Relations team at Adobe. We work to improve Adobe's development ecosystem, both externally and internally. In this role, I have been personally focussed on increasing collaboration across teams, departments and organizations by influencing the environment we work in: by promoting open source, helping nurture open development projects and practices internally, and influencing the developer experience of Adobe's nascent platform offerings to push adoption forward.

assessmentProficiencies & Languages

JavaScript
Java
Python
C/C++
C#
sh
PHP
Ruby
Go
Objective-C
Haskell

When it comes to programming, I feel confident in JavaScript, Java, C/C++, C#, Python and sh, and can get by in PHP, Ruby, Go, Objective-C and Haskell.

I've worked with a variety of technologies and have familiarity in different areas including:

English
Polish
French
Spanish
Italian
Farsi

When it comes to humans, I'm fluent in English, Polish and French, am learning and can get by half-decently in Spanish, and would probably fail terribly, but try regardless, to have a conversation in Farsi or Italian.

beenhereAccomplishments

I'm an Apache committer on the Cordova project.

I'm a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, and have been involved in developing mobile device related standards as part of the Device API and Web Platform working groups.

In 2015, while working at Sauce Labs, I completed the New Manager Bootcamp at Berkeley, CA.