I have over 15 years of experience developing web applications big and small. I enjoy problem solving and love taking on new challenges.
My wife and I, along with our dog Phineas, live and work out of a 25' Airstream while exploring all the U.S. has to offer. We blog about that adventure at http://watsonswander.com
I am available for permanent and contract work.
If your looking for someone for your next project, I may be your guy.
Ruby on Rails, jQuery, MySQL
A new generation of the Democracy for America website (http://democracyforamerica.com) was completed in early 2008. The website is a platform for the organization to promote its agenda, plus a social networking site for grassroots activists to organize and plan. It also includes a popular blog, Blog for America, which was the official Howard Dean weblog for his 2004 campaign. This new website was a total rewrite using the Ruby on Rails framework.
Ruby on Rails, Event Machine, JSON, Google Maps
Real-time vehicle tracking system with integrated stop predictions. Currently in use by several university transit departments.
Rails3, Twilio, Heroku, Sass, Haml, jQuery
Virtual Phone Banking. Fully launched now defunct start-up in 2010 that never gained traction.
Sinatra, Sass, Haml, Mongodb
A fun little site that tracks the number of "likes" a candidate for office has on their Facebook page. I thought it would be fun to know if the number of likes a candidate has can predict them winning or loosing the election.
DFA campaign to show and gauge support by its members for challengers to incumbant Democracts in primaries. Sinatra enabled the technology side of the the web site to be built and launched in 2 days.
Ruby on Rails
DFA micro-site used during the health-care debate to garner support for a public option. In addition to a petition which was signed by over 400,000 people, the site also contained a small blog and a tracking page to allows users to see their congresspersons stance.
Ruby on Rails, FB Apps
A viral "get out the vote" campaign created for the November 2008 elections. Over 13,000 people installed the application in the few short weeks it was live.
PHP, jQuery, CSS