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I'm currently working with The District Management Council on several Rails applications that help School Districts manage their resources. I've recently switched my focus to QA with tools such as Selenium and Rspec.
My current preferred set of technologies for Rails development is Ruby 1.9.3, Rails 3.2+, SQL(any flavor), git, Pivotal Tracker and jQuery.
When learning Rails I initially created 9 applications to develop my skills, all of which you can see in my jQuery presentation
I have a passion for new technology and using it to provide users with practical solutions to their needs and I'm also a Stack Overflow fan as I enjoy learning and sharing knowledge!
Though I consider myself a geek, friends, colleagues and co-workers tell me that my greatest asset is my attitude and proven experience
in closely working well with business users and understanding their needs well.
vim for editing and Ubuntu for my desktop (sometimes I use a Mac).
My recent Rails experience adds to my 10+ years of production experience in analysis, design and development on a wide
variety of platforms, databases, languages and tools for several companies, a startup and even my own company!
To provide users with useful and innovative solutions.
To learn from others while sharing my own knowledge and skills.
To do the above in a fun, relaxed, environment, focused on the work.
Stack Overflow: http://stackoverflow.com/users/631619/michael-durrant
Jul 2012 - Current The District Management Council, Boston MA
Rails Developer & QA Specialist
Working on a variety of Rails applications that help school districts manage their resources and schedule their staff for both General and Special Education.
Worked to develop new functionality and also to QA all development effort as the QA engineer to the company.
Using jQuery, Rails versions 3.2.11 and tools such as git for the DVCS, Selenium and Rspec for testing and Pivotal Tracker for project tracking
Jan 2011 - July 2012 Boston Agile Partners, Cambridge MA
Worked on a variety of client (Rails) applications, from a Hospital Survey tool to a Salesforce assistant to a Real Estate application.
Worked to develop new functionality and convert poorly engineered applications to more standard RESTful simple code.
Using mostly jQuery and Rails versions 2.3.8, 2.3.11, 3.0.3, 3.1 and 3.2 and tools such as git for DVCS and Pivotal Tracker for project tracking
May 2003 - Jan 2009 Children's Hospital, Boston MA
Senior Business Intelligence Developer
Developed data extracts and reports for a large number of users and departments using
Business Objects, Crystal Reports with Oracle and SQL Server databases.
Used Cold Fusion to voluntarily write a 'Wikipedia' like "CDD" (Common Data Dictionary) internal application for the group with an Oracle backend.
Created a number of applications and reporting solutions in a number of different projects with a diverse cross-section of users and opinions,
often working behind the scenes to resolve key issues.
Ran a Data Quality Group with a variety of Hospital users at various management levels to identify and resolve complex Data Quality Issues.
I was headhunted into this position by a former colleague at Children's who I had to worked with,
though I was not looking for new employment at that time.
June 2002 - May 2003. Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, Lincoln
Created, modified and maintained Cold Fusion Applications using
Cold Fusion 5.0 and SQL server 2000. Designed and coded new Bug Tracking
application to track all bugs and enhancements.
Sep 2000 - October 2001. Brandstamp, Cambridge Innovations,
Senior Data Architect
Created Oracle 8i PL/SQL based Cold Fusion Applications to merge
data and create email campaign applications.
Oct 1999 - Aug 2000. Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA
Web Application Developer
Created web templates for dynamic HTML applications. Wrote
back-end PL/1 support programs to extract data from MVS Mainframe
for web presentation and update combined with HTML pages designed
Apr 1999 - Oct 1999. Snap2Web, Brighton MA
Owner, Web Site Design Firm
Sole proprietor of a small business web site Design Company.
Gained experience in Internet Technology, web site design and graphic
layout using a wide variety of tools including FrontPage98, PhotoShop
Jul 1998 - Apr 1999. CSC Consulting Corporation, Waltham MA
Senior Developer, Oracle Financials
Implemented successful upgrade to Oracle Financials (Projects,
AR, PA, GL). Lead hands-on developer in upgrade of custom SQR environment in a
HP/SUN UNIX PVCS environment using tools like vi.
Provided production pager support 24 x 7.
1988 - 1998. Children's Hospital Of Boston, Boston MA
1995 - 1998 Application Team Leader
Responsible for a team of three developers in an enterprise-wide
project to replace core Registration, Scheduling and Accounting systems.
Presenter and technical sponsor for front-end registration system.
Worked with a broad range of hospital management, end-users and IS
staff over three years with 6 months of unit, integrated and interfaced testing with change
management and issue resolution of over 1000 issues.
Provided production support 24 x 7 for Legacy applications.
1988 - 1995 Application Specialist I, II,
Created Oracle SQL Database application for booking hospital
preadmissions. Investigated, analyzed and documented manual booking
2013, January. Python, Code Academy
2012, December. Code Year, Code Academy
2012, September. Ruby bits, Code School
2011, December. Rails best practices, Code School
2011, March. Scaling Rails at Thoughtbot
2010, November. Ruby Group Meetups
2010, September. Personal Rails App 1-6 with Ubuntu and mySQL
2010, May. Switch to Linux(Ubuntu) from Windows (3 new machines, etc.)
2010, April. Cold Fusion 9 New Features (ORM, etc.), Lynda.com.
2000, May. Object Oriented Technology (1 week.) IBM, Woburn,
2000 NetG on-line training. Achieved passing grades in a wide variety
1999 Web Site Design using FrontPage98. BCAE, Boston, MA.
1996 C++ (1 week). Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard,
1994 Programming in C++. (gpa4.0) Northeastern University,
1992 Oracle SQL & SqlForms. Oracle Corporation, Boston,
1984 - 1988 B.Sc. (Hons) Business Information Technology Studies, Manchester
University, Manchester, UK
Languages & Tools
Advanced knowledge in SQL, HTML and programming practices.
Basic knowledge of RSpec, Ruby, AJAX, JQuery
Local Rails groups East and West almost weekly with fellow developers, Subscriptions to Ruby on Rails Magazine, Internet
World, XML Journal, Cold Fusion Developer Journal.
On-line bookmark library (ror app of course!) of scripts,
examples, code & organizations
Constant online training courses in new technology each month and overall I just have a huge appetite for change, learning and growth.
Antique car restoration (1956 Buick), extreme
skiing, Bonsai cultivation, world travel, XML technology.