About Me

Hi! I’m David, often found online as edmistond.

I’m an experienced polyglot software developer who’s worked across the entire stack in a variety of languages. I’ve been in the industry for many years, and have a track record of consistently delivering projects with substantial business value to my employers and to our clients.

As an experienced senior developer, I try to take a pragmatic approach to software development. I think good senior developers and team leads are interested in good engineering, not necessarily their engineering. Which is to say, they check their egos at the door and always look for a better way, and that’s the kind of team I want to work with.

I’m happiest when I’m working on interesting, challenging technical problems with a major business impact that push me to explore new things, whether that’s a new business domain or a new programming language or framework. A frequent release cadence is fantastic; code that’s written and not in production is essentially waste that you’re not getting any value from. I’m very excited by opportunities for mentorship – helping other people level up their skills and reach their potential is a fantastic way to improve the entire team.

Outside of the office, I make an effort to be involved with the technical community in Cleveland, attending a couple of meetups, and can be frequently found in both the Cleveland Tech Slack group as well as the Deaf Professionals Slack group. On a personal level, I have interests in photography and make an effort to spend time with my family.

Some things I’ve built:
  • Corporate intranet site designed information more visible to those in the company who might need it.
  • Material Safety Data Sheet intranet application designed to make information on various industrial chemicals quickly accessible to chemists, engineers, and technicians.
  • B2B customer self-service portal for checking inventory, submitting orders, and checking on order shipment status, using XMLHttprequest and XSLT to build client side applications before ‘AJAX’ was a thing.
  • Multiple online ordering systems for multiple telecom clients allowing customers to assemble a bundle of cable services.
  • Multiple sweepstakes and marketing campaign applications, including many with a lot of interactivity and user engagement. Several were also client-side, backed by an API.
  • In-house scripts for creating and uploading delta deployments of ASP.NET applications rather than the entire application, due to client requirements to only upload changed files.
  • Command-line applications for deployment to remote servers for scheduled parsing of XML files from clients.
Other things I’ve done:
  • Advocated to introduce better engineering practices, such as database migrations for faster and more reliable deployments.
  • Pushed to introduce source control tools, like git, that were a better fit to the way we worked with our clients.
  • Worked closely with our project managers and account executives to deliver value to our clients as rapidly as possible.
  • Assisted our project managers and account executives in drafting proposals for our clients.
  • When necessary, worked with clients directly to better understand their problems, or when standing in for project managers while that position was vacant or they were unavailable.
  • Most recently, acted as lead developer on a project to revitalize a complex legacy application where the original team was no longer available and stabilize it to the point that the organization is able to continue to maintain it while deciding how to move forward with it.
Languages and platforms I’ve worked with:
  • C# - ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, also command line applications
  • JavaScript - in browser and Node.js, Express.js web applications
  • TypeScript - for my Visual Studio Code extension
  • SQL - primarily Microsoft SQL Server
  • Python and Ruby - primarily command-line scripting
Conferences I’ve Enjoyed
  • CodeMash 2009 - 2011
  • Steel City Ruby 2013 - 2014
  • Erie Day of Code 2015
  • Kalamazoo X 2014 - 2017