Durham, North Carolina
Bocoup, Boston, MA
Toura Mobile, New York, NY
July 2008 - July 2011
DailyStrength, Santa Cruz, CA
January 2008 - July 2008
For five short months, I worked for this small startup, reworking the client-side code to depend on one DOM library instead of four, and standardizing the approach to implementing various aspects of the user interface. Though I was the only remote employee, I proved my ability to become an integral part of a small team from across the country. I lost my job, along with the rest of the developers, when the money ran out.
Webslingerz, Carrboro, NC
August 2006 - January 2008
I joined this local interactive agency to focus on improving my web development skills. The existing team was firmly attached to the 2001 way of doing things; I campaigned effectively to get fellow developers to embrace web standards, modern techniques, and the best practices of the day.
September 1996 - August 2006
I began my career at a small newspaper in upstate New York, working on the night copy desk with a team that was responsible for laying out the newspaper, editing the stories to fit the available space, and writing the headlines. I worked there for five years; I left in the summer of 2001. I spent the next 18 months bartending – and making about as much money as I had made at the paper – before getting on my bicycle and riding it from Maine to North Carolina, camping along the way. In North Carolina, I worked as a waitress for several months before landing a job at an advertising agency. There, I did page layout for various print materials, and grew to be heavily involved in the agency’s fledgling efforts with web technologies.
Speaking & Writing
- 2013, Amelia Island, FL, TBA
- 2010, Berlin, Germany: The jQuery Divide
- 2012, San Francisco, CA: Beyond the DOM: Sane Structure for JS Applications
- 2010, Boston, MA: Functionality-Focused Code Organization
- 2009, Boston, MA: Using Objects to Organize Your Code
Others Conferences of Note
- Fronteers 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: JS Minty Fresh
- TXJS 2012, Austin, TX: A New Baseline for Front-End Developers
- FrontTrends 2012, Warsaw, Poland: Beyond the DOM: Sane Structure for JS Applications
Publications & Contributions
- Author of the online guide jQuery Fundamentals
- Contributing author for O’Reilly’s jQuery Cookbook
- Technical reviewer for Node for Front End Developers
I studied journalism at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, from
1993-1995. During the five semesters I attended, I created the college
newspaper’s first online presence, authoring HTML in pico or somesuch,
previewing it in the text-only Lynx browser, and deploying the files to the
sever at the appropriate time using
at. I also worked with a friend to create
one of the first online resources for LGBT college students; we were very
excited when, in 1995, its URL was featured in a print magazine.
I do my work on a 27” iMac desktop, and a 13” MacBook Air when I’m on the road or on the couch. I use Sublime Text 2 and MacVim as my editor, the Chrome Dev Channel as my primary development browser, and git for version control of all the things. I stay in touch with colleagues via IRC, using irssi running inside a screen session on a server. I write just about everything in Markdown, including this document. I have a 100% legal copy of Adobe CS4; I pretty much never use it.