Fixer, Technology Enthusiast, Code Ninja, Music Addict, API Mastermind, GIF Aficionado
If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. - Edsger Dijkstra
Team Leader / Backend Engineer @ [e-spres-oh]
May 2012 - May 2014
Besides drinking insane amounts of coffee, I had the chance to work with a team of very talented developers. Our main focus was building a complex e-learning platform.
Adapt Courseware is a comprehensive online curriculum resource that personalizes the education experience, so you can achieve measurable learning outcomes, increased student retention, and higher student satisfaction.
I was responsible of Adapt's Core module (an advanced API that creates and delivers course content to its users along with relevant reporting data). The biggest feature I worked on was an adaptive sequencer that decided what question should the student receive next, by factoring in the difficulty level, previous answers and current score.
Technologies used were LithiumPHP and MySQL.
I also contributed to other Adapt modules, such as the Authoring Environment, in charge of creating and editing course content (with over 10 different activity types, all SCORM compliant) and the Student Environment which allowed users to practice activities and track their course progress.
Other responsabilities included managing new releases, merging features, setting up local environments, creating automated deploy scripts and helping new team members adapt.
When something I've done a million times before suddenly doesn't work.
Senior Backend Engineer @ SimplySocial
September 2011 - March 2012
SimplySocial delivers social media strategy and the tools to get it done. It's the just-add-water social media solution. SimplySocial was built to help businesses and advertising agencies navigate the complex social media universe in just fifteen minutes a day.
I worked on developing the initial architecture of the entire platform.
Techonologies used were Drupal, Python, Beanstalkd (task queue), Supervisor, Couchbase and MySQL.
When the product manager enters the office.
Senior PHP Developer @ Space Rabbit
May 2010 - August 2011
Space Rabbit was a small development team, part of the award-winning design studio X3. For almost a year, we worked on developing a complex content delivery platform (Corect Media).
CorectBooks (http://books.corect.com/) - A digital library where you can buy e-books in different formats: PDF, EPUB and MOBI. It makes use of Adobe's Content Server to digitally protect files.
CorectNews (http://www.corectnews.com/) - An online news platform built to offer users an enhanced reading experience. The system includes a custom administration panel, compliant with newsroom standards.
Corect (http://www.corect.com/) - An aggregator for all the web sites that are part of the Corect Media platform.
Technologies used were Drupal, MySQL and Adobe Content Server.
When the deadline gets extended.
Junior PHP Developer @ 4Algorithms
June 2008 - August 2009
At 18 years old, I landed a full-time job at a small Web Development company in Oradea, Romania. I worked with a team of talented developers on several client-contracted projects.
When I land a job that I really want.
Junior PHP Developer @ Travelgrove
September 2007 - January 2008
I started programming when I was in the 6th grade and worked as a freelancer on a couple of small projects. At 17 I got my first part-time job, working in Web Development at Travelgrove.
My main responsibility was developing PHP scripts that scraped a variety of travel websites for cheap airfares, cruises, hotels, travel deals and store the information in a MySQL database.
I also built an internal statistics tool that generated charts based on the daily revenue information received from Google AdSense.
Technologies used were PHP, MySQL and the GD (Image Processing) library.
When someone discovers I have a bug in my code.
Travel Journal (http://gcdc2013-travel-journal.appspot.com), winner of the Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013 - An app that helps you plan your entire trip in under 30 seconds. I made the code publicly available at https://github.com/horiajurcut/travel-journal. I also wrote an article on my blog, explaining why (http://horiajurcut.com/travel-journal-is-now-open-source/). - Python, Webapp2, MySQL and Google App Engine
7Out (http://get7out.com) - 7Out is a great app that makes planning activities with friends a whole lot easier. It helps you invite your friends simultaneously and send them all the event details. It’s really a cool way to plan stuff together, invite other friends and RSVP for events whenever you feel like going out. - Python, Flask, Celery, MySQL and Supervisord
Radio Guerilla app for Windows 8 (http://goo.gl/J7ImVO) - A Stream Server that reads meta information from an online radio and aggregates it with data from Last.fm. I made the code publicly available at https://github.com/horiajurcut/guerrilla-server. - Python and Gevent
1st Place at Startup Weekend Timisoara with QuantumApp - Simple, organised and fast Facebook Q&A sessions in one single place. My team made the code publicly available at https://github.com/horiajurcut/quantum-app.
1st Place at Google Hackathon Develop2Connect in Bucharest with HummingBox - A social jukebox built for the Raspberry PI and controlled using an iPhone app. My team made the code publicly available at https://github.com/hurrycane/google-hackaton-d2c.
7Out won the FWA Mobile Of The Day Award - http://www.thefwa.com/mobile/7out
How To Reach Me
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Hope you're more impressed than Darth Vader is.