Expertise

Development Portfolio of Jeff Spicher
Jeff Spicher

PO Box 9392
Akron, OH. 44305

Telephone:

Phone: 541.294.6753

Email address:
jeffspicher@gmail.com

 

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resourcesAreas of Expertise:

Here you will find an overview of my skill set and abilities regarding both client side, and server side development.

  • xHTML (XML / HTML)
  • CSS (2.0)
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Ajax Implimentation
  • DHTML
  • Flash
  • Action Script
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Image Ready
  • PHP
  • mySQL (w/PHP)
  • SEO (on-page)
  • SEO (off-page)
  • PERL
  • Agile Software Development

Areas of Expertise

I have worked very hard over the past decade to build a strong base of understanding in many fields of web development. I consider myself to be a valuable asset to any team that requires an open minded designer with well rounded development knowledge and a logical approach to problem solving.

Client side development is the aspect of web design and development that initially piqued my interest in the industry. I have spent years developing techniques and skills with Adobe Photoshop, and have established two fairly well trafficked tutorial sites: Photoshop Tower and Photoshop Force. Both of these sites were designed to help teach others the finer points of using Photoshop, in order to take their web designs to the next level. I consider myself to be an expert with Photoshop when it comes to creating digital artwork for print & web.

I have also spent the last 10 years perfecting and improving my abilities in slicing and coding with semantic markup. I have worked extensively with CSS based, tableless layouts and understand the importance of valid coding syntax, user accessibility and current web standards. I consider myself to be an expert in xHTML, CSS, DHTML, XML and have an above average understanding of programming with JavaScript, and the implementation of AJAX.

Server side development is another aspect of web development that intrigues me. I have worked exclusively with PHP and mySQL for approximately 7 years as a backend counterpart to the layouts and web sites I have created. Though I do not consider myself an expert when it comes to backend development, I feel that I have above average understanding of providing well commented, easy to manage code. I emphasize server resource optimization by creating well structured SQL queries and avoiding redundant or poorly structured programming syntax. I also pay very special attention to validating all user input in order to reduce the chance of quirky behavior or vulnerabilities. Not only have I developed extensive custom backend CMS solutions for many businesses to simplify web site maintenance and updating, I have also configured and heavily modified versions of popular open source applications such as WordPress, PhpBB, OSCommerce, Town News and other Content Management Systems.

Agile/Scrum Software development methodology is a contemporary group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams.

I am an active member of the Scrum alliance and have met the requirements to be a recognized, certified Scrum Master. I employ these management practices because they promote adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change. Agile software development is a conceptual framework that promotes foreseen interactions throughout the development cycle.

Industry Experience & Work History

May 2011 to present
Free Web Site

CEO / Software Architect:
Daily duties included graphic design, slicing & coding core programming and conceptual development process. Sept 2010 to May 2011

Brain Host LLC.

CTO / Software Architect / Project Manager / Partner:
Filled executive-level position on company board as chief technology officer whose focus was on scientific and technological issues within the organization. Managed team of 6∓ software developers in all product development cycles for the company. Introduced, trained and employed Scrum/Agile management practices into company infrastructure and development team to promote a highly adaptive and flexible development team that is responsive to rapid change.

CEO: Vincent Fisher, Co-Owner
Phone: 330-576-4781
Email: vinnie@brainhost.com

July 2010 to May 2011
Upright Publishing

Web Developer:
Played integral role in the development of multi-dimensional web products ranging from online eCommerce solutions running Magento to a full service hosting company running on the Ubersmith Platform. Daily duties included graphic design, slicing & coding core programming and conceptual development process.

Supervisor: Vincent Fisher, Co-Owner
Phone: 330-576-4781
Email: vinnie@uprightpublishing.com

December 2007 to June 2010
The World Newspaper

Sr Web Developer:
Redesign of three newspaper websites, in addition to creation of specialty websites for niche publications of interest to Oregon's Coastal region. During my tenure as Sr. Web Developer our flagstaff website has seen a traffic increase of over 200% and continues on an upward trend. » View Letter of Recommendation

Supervisor: Steve McDaniel, Director of eMedia
Phone: 541-269-2221 ext. 281
Email: smcdaniel@theworldlink.com

December 2005 to December 2007
Coastal Web Innovations

Entrepreneur & Founder:
Owned freelance web design business serving both local and out of state Clients to suit their web development and site maintenance needs. Provided complete web site development, graphic design, web hosting, SEO and custom backend programming.

June 2005 to December 2006
The World Newspaper

Graphic Designer / Ad Composer:
Designed ads for print in newspaper and special sections, as specified by Clients while working within tight deadlines. (Jun '05 to Dec '05)

Supervisor: Aundris Jaunzems, Composition Foreman
Phone: 541-269-2221 ext. 253
Email: ajaunzems@theworldlink.com

Jr Web Developer:
Developed web ads using Flash & Photoshop, maintained database & upload of daily web content.

Supervisor: Lori Teribury, Sr Web Developer
(no longer employed with The World Newspaper)

March 2004 to June 2005
Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.

Technical Support Representative:
Provided troubleshooting support for both public and government clientéle on nextel cellular handsets and palm top computers.

Supervisor: Mike Newman, Floor Supervisor
Phone: 541-751-2826