Digital Cheetah

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I have been writing software for over 30 years and have been successful at creating and deploying unique, scalable, and fault tolerant web and database systems. I am the author of 13 software patentsprimarily in advanced object orientated software systems and database caching techniques.

In 2001, I founded a custom web and database solutions company called Digital Cheetah. My goal was to develop a web application system that was highly functional, easy to use for non-developers, and fast. To date we have built over 200 custom sites.

Some of the sites have been running for nine years without significant modification. You’ll notice a bias towards Junior Leagues, but in recent years we have been branching out further with The New York Red Cross, AutoCAD Exchange, and the one million+ member Autodesk Education Community to name a few.

Current Focus:

  • Open source web platform development (Django, Nginx, Python, MySQL, Haystack)
  • Cloud Computing (Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Private Clouds)
  • Automated Monitoring, Maintenance, and Updates to Cloud Devices (Nagios, APF Firewall, Mercurial SCM, fabric)
  • Caching and scalability of Cloud Devices (Django, Memcached, Johnny-Cache)

Specialties:

  • 30+ years of software development experience (e.g. Python, Perl, C/C++, Java, Unix Shells, SOM).
  • 15+ years web development (e.g. Django, Drupal, Nginx, Apache, FastCGI, CGI, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax, MP, UWE, SAGE).
  • 15+ years database administrator experience (e.g. MySQL, Perl DBI, Oracle, OCI, JDBC, ODBC).

Chief Technology Officer & Founder
Digital Cheetah Solutions, Inc., Austin, TX.

January 2005 — Present Digital Cheetah, LLC was incorporated in Jan. 2005 to reflect the maturing of the company. I chose a new President so that I could focus purely on the current and future technology requirements for the company. I have written the development, deployment, and application platform used in over 200 web sites. I have written (primarily in Perl and unix shell scripts) all of the core runtime, database, caching, load balancing, testing, backup, data integration, and other systems software for the company, including the innovative languages (UWE, MP, MP Objects) and tools used to build all of the applications. Currently, we have built over 200 websites and have 26 employees.

President, CTO, & Founder
Digital Cheetah, LLC, Austin, TX.

2001 — 2005 (4 years) I founded Digital Cheetah, LLC in August 2001, to provide mid-sized businesses and organizations with web and database solutions that are affordable, easy to maintain, and highly functional. I created a new system, the UWE (Universal Web Engine), that still powers all of our clients’ sites today. Played a key role in all new client prospects and solutions. Managed internal and external finances and funding.

CTO & Founder Green Cheetah Inc.
Green Cheetah, Inc., Austin, TX.

2000 — 2001 (1 year) Green Cheetah was created to develop key software systems for e-commerce, specifically a Java based JDBC middleware layer that permits significant performance and scalability improvements for Enterprise Database Systems. Developed the first product called the FastSQL Server. Two patents were filed in October 2000 related to this work. The ideas were subsequently licensed by the venture-funded company Iron Grid, Inc. and were turned into products. A derivative of this work, initially designed and written by me, has been hugely successful in the open source community and downloaded over 35,000 times at p6spy.com.

CTO & VP Development
Garden.com, Inc, Austin, TX.

1995 — 2000 (5 years) Designed and built the entire Garden.com e-commerce infrastructure, including: the development language SAGE (written in C), build and deployment environments, initial applications, multi-layer caching system, Oracle design and OCI interfaces, links to Net Gravity/Double Click, Verity search interfaces, load balancing, fault tolerant subsystems, narrow casting, personalization, customer service applications, email system, credit-card billing interface, and monitoring. Also, managed the team of three programmers who built subsequent applications and components.

Chief Programmer
Trilogy, Austin, TX.

April 1994 — November 1995 (1 year 8 months) Wrote the DCE Client/Server backbone for SalesBUILDER at Trilogy. Also revamped their company wide system build and testing process across eight different platforms. Wrote the DCE Multi-Server (100+ servers) middleware for Internet based configuration software at pcOrder. Wrote the Enterprise Engine version of Trilogy’s Configuration engine.

Chief Programmer for System Object Model
IBM, Austin, TX.

1990 — 1994 (4 years) Wrote the System Object Model (SOM) 1.0 and 2.0 CORBA IDL Compiler/Toolkit and was the primary driving force behind all of the SOM development for four years. Developed the build, release, and test environment used by 90+ developers in the Object Enabling Products Division.

R&D Manager
Infospec Computers, Ltd., Leeds, England.

1988 — 1990 (2 years) Wrote a 4GL development environment and an SQL visual interface. Managed four developers and was in charge of the technology strategy for the company.

Software Engineer
GEC Software, Ltd., London, England.

June 1984 — September 1985 (1 year 4 months) Wrote Netspy, a TCP/P network monitor, and its associated compiler.