Resume of Kay Rhodes

Senior Web and Software Developer
Phone: (617) 308-9130

I have been programming to support companies I have owned or worked with since 1995. In that time, I have learned the practices that can only be learned through experience. I have learned how to write code that is modular, extendable, maintainable, and readable. I understand the difference between code that will get the job done fast and code that will get the job done well, and when to use each. I know how a little good planning can save a project countless man-hours. And, most importantly, I know the limits of my knowledge and when to ask questions of those who know more than me.

I prefer to work with people who are smarter than me, care passionately about the quality of their work, and make software that people actually want to use. Making the world a better place would be a pretty nice bonus.

If you'd like to know more there's plenty of info available at

Technical Skills
Operating Systems
macOS, Linux (Ubuntu and RedHat primarily). I have limited experience with Free BSD, and Windows, and tons of now obsolete experience with Mac OS (pre-OS X).
Ruby, Crystal, Perl, Java, HTML, JavaScript, SQL, Scheme, etc. If it's in common use I've probably either worked in it, or fixed something in it.
These days I'm working primarily with Ruby on Rails. Prior to that I was working with Perl and Java.
Technical Writings

Employment History

4/11 - present One Door
My Role: Engineering Manager / Technical Lead

Starting out as a senior developer doing normal rails work I eventually became a Tech Lead and Engineering Manager at One Door, where I spend my days trying to balance a desire for quality code with the need to ship product.

12/10 - present Corporate Runaways Inc.
My Role: Adventurer & Author.
06/07 - 12/10 Akamai Technologies Inc.
My Role: Senior Web Developer

As the first web developer in a new business unit, I was responsible for putting together the first customer-facing graphs and information pages, as well as tools to provision internal systems. As the team grew and we acquired Acerno, I helped improve and expand the primary internal provisioning system that came along with the acquisition.

My various projects involved the use of Java with Struts, Perl, and Python.

09/04 - 06/07 International Strategies Inc. / IES Ltd.
My Role: Web Developer

I spent the majority of my time at International Strategies working on a web based system that combined Customer Relationship Management, Sales Force Automation, and Content Management tools. It was specifically tailored to the needs of global logistics service providers. ForwarderEdge was written in Java and based on the ofBiz framework. I was tasked with adding a variety of new functionality to the application's back end. This involved the development of a separate (and extremely modular) integration server. It leveraged Java Message Service (JMS) technology to ingest shipment, rate, and account data in whatever format our customers had available, convert it to a standard XML schema, and send it to the appropriate installation.

A number of scripts were also written in Ruby and Perl to provide fast examples of importing potential customer's data into ForwarderEdge. The rapid development cycles of Ruby and Perl allowed us to easily deal with the frequently changing customer data schemas. It also provided a means to generate scripts that could act as functional templates for the more formal Java code that would later be installed in the Integration server.

And on, and on, and on…

I've been working professionally (as a web developer) since 1995. I spent the first eight years working for myself. Before that, I spent a number of years doing Graphic Design, Prepress, and Web Design work.


Public Code

I have contributed to a number of open source, and private, projects in various ways over the years. The following is a sampling of projects in which I was either the sole developer or played a significant role. For a list of the open source work I've been doing lately check out my repositories on GitHub

  • Hey!: an an command line interrupt tracker with pretty html graphs. - Chicken Scheme
  • Changelog Manager: a command line tool to manage tracking changlog worthy changes in various git branches. It will generate a changelog with only the correct elements in it for the current build. - Crystal
  • JekyllMail: allows you to post to a Jekyll or Octopress powered blog via email. - Ruby
  • Markdown Code Documentation: a tool for building beautiful documentation from markdown embeded in your source code. Written in, and intended for Chicken Scheme
  • Cleandiff: CleanDiff is a better diffing tool, that's easier on your brain. - Bash & other cli tools.
  • Aspirin: an embeddable send-only SMTP server - Java
  • Caterpillar: news aggregator that supports RSS, RDF, and ATOM feeds and helps deal with information overload by adding Bayesian filtering to find and highlight “interesting” articles in your feeds.
  • Fenestro: renders html from command line output. - I designed and currently manage this project but coded essentially none of it. - Swift.
  • Other: various cli tools, some now obsolete rails plugins & a gem, ancent Java apps and more. As note above, check out my repositories on GitHub for more.