hqcasanova

Hector Casanova Resume

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Profile: Java & Web developer

I am a multifaceted developer and presentation lover addicted to web plumbing: from cross-browser Unicode and semantic markup to responsive design and RESTful services. My ultimate mission is to never stop learning how to put better front-ends together. I am specially interested in rich interactive environments: how to create engaging experiences, including flexible data visualisations. All without ever losing sight of performance. Effectively, I want my webpages to be (a)live presentations on steroids!

Experience: 6 years in IT and software

  1. ITER Institute for Technology
    ITER Institute for Technology (Spain) Lead Java developer

    ITER is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation with a remit to promote the use and research of renewable energies and emerging technologies. As part of a three-member team reporting to our project manager, my duties varied according to project. In general, they included implementation, dissemination/publishing and translation into English. Team work and planning proved to be valuable assets. The projects in question were:

    ADAPRO

    ADAPRO is a bespoke assistive word processor aimed at users with a learning difficulty and based on Java Swing, SQLite and XML. As the team's lead Java programmer, I developed all the text formatting infrastructure, assistive features and user views of the editing windows. I was also in charge of the project's online presence during its dissemination stage, both as webmaster and improvised community manager.

    NIGHT MODE

    Night Mode is a multilingual smart clock app for Android devices with motion detection, voice output and brightness control. Except for its graphic design, I was in charge of all other aspects of the project, from analysis to development and publishing.

  2. LGS Labs
    LGS Labs (Spain) Systems administrator

    LGS is an ISO-certified clinical laboratory with more than 25 years of experience and a WAN spanning across six islands. As a key member of the IT department, my duties ranged from project design and network management at headquarters on Tenerife to on-call remote support and systems maintenance across all subsidiaries. I also liaised with our providers of clinical software and hardware and was the department's editor and curator of ISO 9001:2000 documentation. Simultaneous commitment to all areas demanded flexibility and strong time management skills. My most notable contributions were a reduction in database downtime and improved incidence response times, both accomplished through the complete migration to a thin-client architecture using open source tools.

Education: Postgrad in e-Science

  1. Bitmaker Labs
    Bitmaker Labs (Canada) Web Development Immersive

    Bitmaker Labs is Toronto's premier web development boot camp. Its flagship course is a a 9-week full-time program based on Ruby on Rails and covering the full stack, Test-Driven Development and Agile among other topics. Together with a 2-day workshop on Angular.js, Bitmaker's experience may serve as a stepping stone into front-end development.

  2. Univ. Edinburgh
    Univ. Edinburgh (UK) PgDip in Distributed Sci. Computing

    Driven by its world-class research activity, Edinburgh is at the forefront of e-Science. The course covered the standards in data representation, exchange and processing that loosely-coupled systems can be based on. The emphasis was on XML, SOAP services and Java. Other topics included the Semantic Web, the Virtual Observatory and parallel programming in MPI and OMP.

  3. Univ. Portsmouth
    Univ. Portsmouth (UK) PgCert in Computer Network Admin.

    Portsmouth ranks among the top post-1992 universities in the UK, with links to leading companies like Astrium or IBM. Core topics on the course included network security, the client-server architecture and Linux server management. It broadened my knowledge of IT security and introduced me to server-side scripting using PHP against a MySQL database.

  4. Univ. La Laguna
    Univ. La Laguna (Spain) BEng in Computer Systems

    ULL is a three-century-old higher education establishment with close ties to the world-renowned European Northern Observatory. Subjects covered during the course varied from database design and networking to pattern recognition and robotics. Programming skills learned ranged from UNIX shell scripting to the basics of Java.