SpecialDeals is a site offering deals to consumers on a wide variety of products and services. As a contractor, I was tasked with taking over maintenance and feature development on the outsourced codebase.

Back End Development

I spent much of my time at SpecialDeals fixing bugs and optimizing front-end and back-end performance.

  • AWS EC2 maintenance and ELB installation
  • Automated RDS backups to S3
  • Responded to capacity overload
  • Troubleshot Paypal IPN responses
  • Fixed source conflicts
  • Moved source code into SVN repository
  • Trained team on using SVN
  • Found and fixed performance problems in outsourced code

Front End Development

  • Optimized front-end code to decrease page load times by 400 - 1200 ms
  • Fixed various bugs and implemented various features
  • Edited site content for grammar and spelling
Team (3+)
  • 1 CEO Product Manager
  • 1 Offshore Developer
  • 1 Contract Developer (me)
  • And a closeknit team in a startup environment
  • AWS
  • Linux
  • Apache
  • PHP
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript(jQuery)
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011 ( 3 months )