Elliott White III

Mount Airy, MD • (570) 227-0205 • resume@eliw.com

Personal Statement:

After managing teams and developing Web Applications for over 19 years, I have a deep understanding of the online world and how to build and manage teams to design, implement, and maintain high traffic websites with emphasis on security, performance, and scalability. I embraced the PHP Community years ago, specialized in PHP/Javascript development and haven’t looked back.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Over 19 years experience working in Internet Programming & Web Technologies.
  • Over 12 years of Web Project Management & Team Lead experience.
  • Author of PHP 5 in Practice for Sam’s Publishing.
  • Presenter for 49 sessions at 30 conferences.

Primary Skills:

  • Leadership: Team Lead, Release Management, Project Management, Community Relations, Architect
  • Technical: PHP, Javascript, jQuery, CSS, XML, MySQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Experience:

musketeers.me / php[architect]
Founding Partner & CTO (Chief Technical Officer)
Managing Editor & Conference Chair of php[architect]
August 2012 – Current

  • Managing magazine & book production processes.
  • Organizing & planning all aspects of large technical conferences.
  • Developing & delivering online and in-person training.
  • Developing custom eCommerce software to handle all aspects of an media conglomerate.
  • Consulting on Web Applications for clients.

mojoLive
CTO (Chief Technical Officer) & Co-Founder
June 2011 – August 2012

  • Setting the technical direction of the company
  • Building the initial web architecture (hardware & software)
  • Venture Capital / Angel investor relations

HiiDef Inc. / Goodsie.com
Lead Developer & Chief Architect
February 2010 – November 2010

  • Architect for http://goodsie.com/
  • Hired PHP & jQuery development team and managed them through multiple iterations of codebase
  • Made heavy use of Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, & RDS in particular)
  • Interfaced with numerous 3rd party APIs (Paypal, Google Checkout, Amazon Payments, FetchApp, GetClicky, etc)

Zend Technologies Inc.
PHP Community Relations Manager and DevZone Editor-in-Chief
January 2009 – January 2010

  • Maintained good community relations between Zend & PHP Community
  • Editor-in-Chief for DevZone, Zend’s Technical Blog
  • Sole programmer for DevZone, a Zend Framework based project
  • Author for numerous technical articles
  • Conference Chair for ZendCon, Zend’s premier PHP Conference

TravelPod Labs / TripAdvisor
Lead Engineer & Architect
August 2008 – January 2009

  • Managed a programming team making experimental Web 2.0 travel applications using PHP and Javascript (jQuery & Prototype)
  • Architected one of the leading Meta Flight Search engines: http://flights.tripadvisor.com/

digg.com Inc.
PHP Hacker (aka: Wildcard Programmer / Release Manager / Small Projects Team Lead / Maintenance Team Lead / Administrative Development Team Lead)
February 2006 – July 2008

  • One of the first 3 programmers and saw the company grow from 7 people to 60+, and from 30,000 users, to almost 3 million.
  • Scaled website to handle 10’s of millions of page views a day on PHP, MySQL, and Memcached
  • Provided technical guidance directly to senior management & participated in Project Management
  • Worked on all aspects of the website, took lead in prominent aspects like Web Security, Performance / Scalability, Memcached & APC usage, Advertisement Systems, Promotional Spot System, and 3rd party integration (Diggthis button, iGoogle module, Facebook widget, Automated Blog Posting).
  • Champion of best practices within the programming department specifically and the company as a whole.

Fieldstone Mortgage Company
Senior Web Programmer
December 2004 – February 2006

  • Managed multiple large web application projects with varying size teams
  • Wrote software in PHP that talked to multiple database backends (Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQLServer, and PostgreSQL)
  • Developed a complete web-based contact management and mortgage lead tracking system.
  • Detected & fixed bugs in custom software written by a previous employee that caused contact information to be lost. Untold money had been lost due to this.

Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) – Under contract to NASA
Space Telescope Science Institute – Office of Public Outreach
Hubble Space Telescope Program
Senior Web Programmer
January 1998 – December 2004

  • Served the roles of Production Manager, Site Architect, Usability Expert, and Technical Lead on many web projects.
  • Managed a team on a 3 year long project to develop a PHP based dynamic system for the storage and retrieval of 10 years worth of Hubble Space Telescope press releases and images.
  • Directly responsible for maintaining production procedures for the department, including technology standards.
  • Regularly assisted in strategic planning for the future of the public outreach department.
  • Directly responsible for ensuring the uptime, stability, and functionality of the public outreach departments’ web infrastructure.
  • Architect for the original version of http://hubblesite.org/, which would receive over 10 million page views a month.
  • Wrote web applications using combinations of PHP, Perl, Javascript, and Java.

BDM Federal Inc.
Internet/Web Developer
December 1996 – January 1998

  • Held a Top Secret clearance level with NSA.
  • Participated in writing a B2 secure firewall in C, including custom servers and proxies for ftp and http.
  • Performed UNIX and Windows NT system administration tasks, including web server maintenance.
  • Architected a custom software package for scanning/analyzing websites for standards and SEO in Perl
  • Collaborated on the writing of government contract proposals.
  • Wrote educational web games in Java with Perl backends.

Other Related Work Experience:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for West Virginia University: Taught two classes of Computer Science lab.
  • Webmaster/Systems Staff for the Department of Computer Science at West Virginia University: Redesigned the intranet website and performed unix systems administration.
  • Data Processing Programmer Intern for State Farm Insurance: Developed database applications and gave training on them.
  • Computer Lab Supervisor for West Virginia University: Supervised 12 employees and maintained computers.

Education:

West Virginia University
Graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 1996
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with additional graduate level work
Minors in Communication Studies and Philosophy (with a concentration in logic)

Interests:

Medieval reenactment (Society for Creative Anachronism), Woodworking, Video Games, Home Brewing, and Golfing.