Decumanus

Bespoke Web Applications

Matthew Trump       based out of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. (UTC -7:00)

specializing in rapid application design and deployment --- MVC/MVW -- LAMP -- MEAN

custom front-end effects with

  • JQuery
  • Angular.js
  • CSS3
  • HTML5

with optional

  • JSON
  • AJAX
  • REST
  • XML-RPC
  • XSLT

and custom backends in

  • Zend Framework
  • Express.js
  • Django

as well as other frameworks in

  • node.js
  • Python
  • PHP
  • Ruby
  • Java

backed by databases such as

  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL

running on

  • Linux/UNIX/OSX
  • Apache and other web servers

with design and delivery for

  • your Github repository
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Grunt and other deployment tools

Founder: Matthew Trump

Do you have a web application that needs to be built? Whether you already have your design blueprint and need someone to make it happen, or are just starting out with a basic idea and need a ninja-guru to spec it out for you, I can take the idea from your napkin and turn it into reality on the web.

With over a decade of successful experience in this kind of work for both large corporations and start-ups, I now specialize in using cutting-edge front-end libraries to create innovative, dynamic web apps with high user appeal and rich UX/UI. I also specialize in using JSON together with powerful cutting-edge back-end frameworks and both NoSQL and SQL databases to create dynamic "one-page-plus apps" centered around RESTful and other types of web services models.

If you already have an app, I can provide feature enhancements as well as major and minor refactoring on the front-end and back-end. If you need a standalone component for loosely-coupled distributed applications, I can furnish you with turnkey server apps that can be added seemlessly to your network.

I am solid experienced professional. I deliver solid, bug-free code that just "works". I can give your project serious traction in an accelerated time frame, and at a very reasonable rate.

I am solid experienced professional. I deliver solid, bug-free code that just "works". I can give your project serious traction in an accelerated time frame, and at a very reasonable rate.

Technical Work History

I have a scientific and technical background as well, and am comfortable working with complex data sets and statistical algorithms.

Work history: 2011-2015

In 2015 I finished a four-year extended contract at Macmillan Higher Education, one of the largest textbook publishers in the world, where I had been hired to make enhancements to a new in-house digital production platform. The application, known as Digital First, was an extensible and secure MVC platform app designed to allow Macmillan editors to compose and package richly interfactive e-textbook products for the college market.

My contract at Macmillan was extended multiple times as the user base grew, and I gradually assumed the role of lead developer and architect of the platform.

Along the way I was the sole developer responsible for the successful design, testing and implementation of several major refactorings of the app on both the front end and back end. This included the expansion of the application into a multi-tier distributed content management system that integrated with the company's larger in-house production chain, via multiple format of document export and asynchronous messaging. I was also responsible for nearly all tickets raised in the system for three years, and for much of the time I was also the day-to-day admin for the production environment on Amazon Web Services.

During the entire contract I worked remotely while in day-to-day contact with a team based out of the company headquarters in New York City, and a virtual satellite office in Portland, Oregon.

Work History: Pre-2011

My position at Macmillan Higher Education building a publishing application was just the latest of several where I have designed and developed successful web applications for corporate and start-up clients.

As a backend/frontend engineer at SageFire in Boulder, Colorado (2010-2011), I helped coded new modules for the company's proprietary web platform, one that allowed franchisor corporations to provide a common branded portal by which their franchisees could manage their franchised businesses.

At Logisens, a biotech startup based out of Fort Collins, Colorado (2005-2010), I was the lead developer and chief architect for the company's distributed desktop/server system for personal biodata collection, streaming, and review. For this I had to design and developer a cross-platform custom desktop client that received, stored, and transmitted live (secure) biodata to a central web server and a central database for analysis and review.

As an software engineer at Barclays Capital in New York City (2000-2001), I was part of an international team that brought the company's global interbank foreign exchange trading network to the web for the first time, through a secure counterparty applet and custom brokerage middleware that interfaced with the bank's existing backend SWIFT-based trading system, as well as its network of live desktop traders.

Prior to that, I wrote load-balancing middleware components for a proprietary portal platform at Information Architects, and secure communication applets for business clients at Human Code/Sapient.

I've also worked in education, as a SAT instructor for the Princeton Review (2004-2005), and as a physics classroom instructor on the high school and college level in New York City (Archdiocese of New York, St. John's University, 2002-2003).

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For projects in the Portland area, I strongly prefer to have initial face-to-face meetings with clients. If you are located outside Portland, we can almost certainly work something out if your project is the right fit. I am very comfortable using remote tools such as Skype and JIRA for closely-coordinated project management (I prefer Github or Bitbucket for use as a code repository).

Please use the email at the top of the page to contact me, and to receive my prompt reply.