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An adventure in white-space and time

Ryan Gasparini

Front-end Developer, Software Engineer

Ryan is a developer in Phoenix, Arizona who gets all-jazzed-up over design, technology, and the Internets. Starting as a self taught HTML tag wrangler and CSS styler, he dabbled in the academics of NetWare and Windows NT but soon found his niche writing JavaScript and ActionScript.

He’s torn between his two loves: design and programming. When it comes to web sites and applications, he doesn’t care if he’s writing the JavaScript for the interface or Ruby for the services. After all, one wants to have an API and consume it, too.

Ryan’s best fit is in an organization that values building web-based software that leverages automated, elastic deployment to deliver non-blocking, long-polling, real-time interfaces. Currently, he’s building AJAX-based, client-side sans-MVC applications in HTML 5, CSS 3, and JavaScript 6 while maintaining browser diversity.

There have been some that said he is in need of progressive enhancement or graceful degradation. But let’s be honest, those buzzwords, on their own, aren’t going to cure cancer or raise the dead. With this whole new JavaScript and web software thing, you may want to hire someone with the experience to orchestrate mathematical results.

Featured Skills

  • Information architecture, product design, interface design, and functional prototypes. Starts as pen & paper sketches; finshes as flexible layouts.

  • Relational database design and migrations. Finds enjoyment in running EXPLAIN queries more than any normal person should.

  • Built HTML5 applications with future-forward JavaScript frameworks, Ember and React; legacy with Angular and Backbone.

  • Built new, and scaled existing, Ruby on Rails apps (CMS, API), deployed with Capistrano and Vagrant, and tested by Rspec.

  • Setup and managed version control software such as Git and Mercurial. Introduced branching, merging, and pull request policies.

  • Introduced and collaborated in agile workflows. Has experience in Scrum and XP, with a personal bias toward Kanban.

Experience & Results

  • AuthorityLabs

    March 2014 ← June 2013

    Introduced and deployed an AngularJS to EmberJS rewrite which resulted in a more fluid layout for all devices and reduced browser load times using incremental data requests.

  • Workiva

    June 2013 ← November 2012

    Contributed on a cross-team, enterprise AngularJS product by creating new JavaScript services and helped establish standards for code formatting and testing.

  • PathwaysTV

    October 2012 ← January 2012

    Presented and lead a transition to a product-based business model. Reduced TOC by 80% by migrating numerous PHP sites and MySQL databases to a distributed Rails platform for medical and professional recruiting sites.

  • iMemories

    September 2011 ← December 2010

    Lead effort to rebuild existing photo and video library application in Adobe Flash to HTML5. Authored a custom UI framework (inspired by BackboneJS) with legacy drag and drop, completed initial wireframe, and contributed to Grails API.