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I'm Parker.

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Biography

I am a recent graduate of the Cornell University Information Science program, and now a professional software engineer, specializing in web technologies. Right now, my hobby passion is Jekyll, an open-source static site generator I am currently maintaining. I have a love-hate relationship with most programming languages, but I have found happy homes in Go and in Ruby. I also use JavaScript regularly, usually in the context of Node.

You can usually find me coffee in-hand, humming my latest gospel favourite. If I’m not coding, I’m probably out on a long run, taking a photo of something pretty, or enjoying a delicious German beer.

Education

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York — Information Science ‘14

I spent my first year at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, where I studied Linguistics and Political Philosophy. I transferred to Cornell in the Fall of 2011 to pursue a degree in Information Science, where I fostered a passion for programming and figuring out the tough problems in technology policy.

Fairport High School

Fairport, New York — Regents Diploma with Honors ‘10

Skills

As I said, I write software. I write in Go, UNIX/GNU via Bash, JavaScript, Ruby, HTML, CSS daily, and store it all in git. I’m proficient in a bunch of other languages and love to learn new ones, but I don’t use them regularly. I learned how to program using Java and PHP, so I would say I know them fairly well.

Jekyll and Goji (a Go library) are my two favourite tools for website creation. My static sites are tossed behind nginx, because I believe in good memory practices.

I’m concise, task-oriented, and am a lover of IRC/IM for communicating with team members. I’m a big believer in asynchronous communication for discussion and code review beyond initial planning stages. I like a good challenge.

Work Experience

Application Engineer - Product

GitHub, Inc

January 2016 - Present

Working on user growth and GitHub Pages at GitHub. github.com

Platform Engineer

Visual Supply Co.

August 2014 – December 2015

I worked for 16 months at Visual Supply Co (a.k.a. VSCO) implementing web APIs of all sorts to support the continued growth of the platform. vsco.co

GitHub Pages Consultant

GitHub, Inc.

November 2013 - July 2014

Worked closely with @github/pages team on a part-time basis to level up the Pages experience and infrastructure for a brighter world. pages.github.com

Web Developer Intern

Visual Supply Co.

January 2014

Spent two weeks interning on the Web Team at VSCO, building a brand new feature: VSCOGrid Map Search. Discover cities and towns all around the world by way of beautiful, hand-picked images on VSCOGrid Map Search. Take it for a spin by discovering Berlin

Backend Team Intern

6Wunderkinder GmbH, Berlin, Germany

February 2013 - August 2013

As an intern on the Backend Team at 6Wunderkinder, I was tasked with aiding in the creation and maintainence of the various APIs for Wunderlist and related services. I contributed largely to our analytics technologies and our API services (mostly Ruby on Rails). I grew far more familiar with various server technologies (especially nginx, and AWS Cloud Infrastructure), Ruby, vim, Postgres, MySQL, and greatly increased my Unix-fu, all of which I still use to this day.

Microsoft acquired Wunderlist in June 2015.

Lead Programmer

Leacock’s Online Magazine, Montréal, PQ

February 2011 - December 2013

Completed entire site redesign (Summer 2011) and completing all programming-related tasks. Worked with a design team to produce website designs, then implemented them myself. Re-design released Fall 2011. leacocks.com

Chief Architect & Developer, Sage Management System

Deparment of Music, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

September 2012 - January 2013

I architected and created a database management system, which manages tens of thousands of pieces of music, and thousands of members and alumni. I worked directly with the Interim Director of Music to create this management system for the Cornell University Choral Ensembles.

Web Developer

Think Topography, Ithaca, NY

May 2012 - August 2012

As the first web developer to be hired by this growing company, my projects varied from front-end development using such tools as Backbone.js, RequireJS and Sass & Compass to back-end development of various web applications. It will be a diverse set of work for a diverse set of clients. My first project was to write a mobile app that allowed the exchange of Ithaca Hours, an (re)emerging currency found in Ithaca, NY.

Web Developer

Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Communications, Ithaca, NY

May 2012 - August 2012

My work was varied. I helped move CALS’ website from CommonSpot (a ColdFusion-based CMS) to Jekyll for the Aug. 1, 2012 launch, and created a Subscription Manger. I worked with a small (but stellar) team of two people at the Office of Communications.

Information Technology Manager

87th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, Ithaca, NY

September 2011 – May 2012

A new position this year, the Information Technology Manager oversees the creation and maintenance of all Hotel Ezra Cornell’s websites. My major projects include a press room, database administration website (accessible to Communications Director), and a mobile webapp that provides information for HEC student volunteers and guests about the weekend: who is attending, speakers, menus, the program (event schedule), and offers a unique networking experience via the “Profiles” feautre of the app.

Programmer, Technology Division

Terran Exchange LLC, Ithaca, NY

September 2011 - December 2011

I am charged with implementing updates and improvements, and maintaining the website and blog’s code. I am working to improve SEO for the site, redesign pieces of the site, and improve the experience the users have when they are utilizing the site’s services.

Webmaster

New Residence Hall Council, Montréal, PQ

October 2010 - April 2011

Created and maintained the website http://www.newrez.ca/, a website that provides information and services for New Residence Hall residents at McGill University. (Volunteer)

Service Desk Employee

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Rochester, NY

2009 - 2011

As a service desk employee, I am responsible for dealing with items to be returned, selling Wegmans products and services, filing customer comments and complaints, answering general phone calls from customers and facilitating use of third-party products such as MoneyGram products.

Cashier

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Rochester, NY

2007 - 2011

As a cashier, I am responsible for cashing out customers and providing a lasting positive image of Wegmans as a whole with a smile and a “Have a nice day.” If called upon to do so by a manager, I also take care of putting items left unwanted by customers back onto the store’s shelves.

Helping Hands Employee

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Rochester, NY

2007 - 2011

As a “Helping Hands Employee”, a term coined by Mr. Bob Wegman, the found of the company, is responsible for providing services to customers in the parking lot, from the loading of their groceries into their car to taking an empty shopping cart from them when they request it. We were also charged with making sure the parking lot was clear of snow, trash and carts left behind by customers.

Photographer / Entrepreneur

Parker Moore Photography, Rochester, NY

Created a freelance photography business. Hired by fellow students, teachers, and local artists for senior portraits, headshots and group photographs. Created an online portfolio at http://www.parkermoorephotography.com/ which has since been discontinued.