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Simon South | Elance
 
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Simon South

I make software and I make software work.
   Canada
  |  3:07 am Local Time

Overview

Let me handle your technology problems so you can stay focused on what's really important to you: your business.

I provide service to clients who need thorough, detailed work performed on their software or systems. Mostly I work with Ruby and C on Linux.

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Service Description

I have almost twenty years of experience working in the software industry. Whatever challenge you're facing right now, odds are I've encountered it before.

My specialities include

- Design and implementation of true REST APIs and other means of integrating disparate software components.

- Speech-driven applications using VoiceXML and related technologies.

- Solutions for processing and presenting public-transit data in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format.

- Rapid debugging and optimization of software and databases.

- Porting of UNIX- or Linux-based software to Windows.

Years of heartache as a corporate software developer taught me what really matters when it comes to delivering successful software projects. Here are a few of the principles that guide my work:

- Data sanctity: Nothing is more valuable or harder to replace than your own data. Ensuring the safety of your data is my top priority. The software I write embodies this principle, too.

- Effective communication: Nobody likes a freelancer who accepts a job and disappears. I'll remain reachable throughout the project by email and Skype, and will provide you with daily status reports so you can follow my progress.

- Solution robustness: Making a computer do what you want is easy; making sure it doesn't do what you don't want is significantly harder. I use test-driven development to guide my work and help me deliver a high-quality, reliable solution---I know what it's like to be woken up at 3...

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Employment

Xenos Group Inc.
Development Manager, infoWEB
2007 - 2009
Led a team of software developers responsible for the maintenance of infoWEB, a report capture, processing and distribution platform used by municipal governments and large corporations.
Xenos Group Inc.
Senior Technical Consultant, Professional Services
2006 - 2007
Coached and mentored co-op students and other new hires via collaborative development projects designed to explore potential new markets for Xenos software and services.
Xenos Group Inc.
Technical Consultant, Professional Services
2005 - 2006
Collected requirements from customers and designed and implemented custom solutions using Xenos products.
AOL Inc.
Senior Speech User Interface Designer, AOLbyPhone
2000 - 2003
Designed key speech-driven apps for the AOLbyPhone service, including the popular Email app later used as the basis for AOL Voicemail. Led "Wizard of Oz" usability-testing sessions.
Quack.com
Speech User Interface Designer
2000 - 2000
Designed key apps for the Quack.com voice-portal service, an innovative, speech-driven application that allowed users to retrieve information from the Internet using any regular telephone.

Education

Athabasca University
BSc Computing and Information Systems
- 2012
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GTFS
transit
VoiceXML
IVR
Voxeo
REST
nanoc
grape
Cygwin
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