Steve Birstok

Web Developer, Director

Profile

Having worked with many clients that needed on-demand changes, I'm competent in self-management and adept at handling such requisitions. Over time I’ve dealt with different projects in various fields including: warehousing, banking, promotions (online/offline), printing, etc. I’m comfortable in most environments (Windows, OSX, *nix) and can adapt quickly. I strive to bring fresh ideas to anything I’m involved in. I’m great with leading others and have managed teams of 3-5 people at a time. I hope my skills can help you or your company accomplish your goals while providing you with even greater opportunities.

Skills

Web Development

Assertively apply modern best practices and coding standards.

Interface Design

Credibly streamline mission-critical values into functional / usable design.

Project Direction

Proven ability to lead and manage a wide variety of design and development projects in team and independent situations.

Technical

(including but not limited to...)

  • XHTML / CSS
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • Rails
  • PHP
  • GIT / SVN
  • OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista
  • Linux

Experience

BPI Sports

Senior Developer

July 2013 - Present

• Handled migration of Laravel 3 application to Laravel 4
• Utilized Composer packages to code a dynamic system that powers multiple domains with a custom coded theme system. This allows the company to rapidly release new pages with powerful functionality and design.
• Coded site authentication with oAuth support for Facebook and Twitter.
• Coded a deal system that allows for dynamic coupon creations on-the-fly.
• Retargeting code for engaging users based on activity on the website.
• Handled MailChimp mailing list.
• MandrilApp integration.
• Helped re-brand multiple sites / sister companies.
• Military user authentication (via ID.me) and discount system.
http://bpisports.net
http://imagesportsdirect.com
http://pronutra.net

Web Services, LLC.

Senior Developer

Mid 2011 - June 2013

• Renovated an old voting platform from an outdated version of CodeIgniter / Bonfire to a modern PHP5 framework, Laravel. The project utilizes many industry standards such as: schema.org tags for better SEO, Twitter Bootstrap for styling, jQuery for javascript animations and popovers. (http://vote.local10.com, http://4thebest.clickondetroit.com)
• Created back-end scrapers and front-end GUIs for various state data sites including: Broward County / Miami-Dade / Pasco County / Florida mugshots (http://mugshots.local10.com), Florida Restaurant Inspections and Emergency Closings (http://restaurantinspections.local10.com), Florida Sex Offenders (http://sexoffenders.local10.com), and many others. Of these, some included a hand-built RESTFUL API that powers mobile apps.
• Created a backend RESTFUL API for voting platform that allows secure transfer of JSON data between server and mobile app. This enabled features such as voting and registration from anywhere.
• iOS / Android apps for Voting Platform

E.M.B. Information System Corp.

Junior Developer

Late 2010 - Early 2011

• IIS installation, with MySQL support.
• Utilized IronRuby (a Ruby framework with .NET support) to create a cross-platform tool which read templates written in YAML and provided dialog-based applications for WIndows, Linux, Mac, and Web.

Artisian Desgins

Lead Developer

Mid 2010

• Helped refresh client websites, bringing modern designs back where sites may have lost their "luster."
• Renovated a footwear company’s stock system providing a better link between their warehouse and online shopping cart.

Education

Broward College - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Computer Information Systems


DeVry University - Miramar, Florida

Computer Information Systems w/ a focus on Information Security

Steve Birstok — steve@stevebirstok.com — (954) - 667-9863