Bio

Jason is that most rare blend of deep technical skill, unmatched problem solving, solid appreciation and respect for the creative process, and well-tuned aesthetic sensibility. He is sought after as a project leader, consultant, and mentor by the people who know him or his work. Most importantly, he assertively and intelligently challenges the status quo with smart new solutions. Jason has worked through some of the most difficult challenges in web, mobile and e-commerce with many "Fortune 100" companies.

Jason has over 20 years of web & mobile experience and has been coding for nearly 30 - since he was 8! He has mastered technologies from Java to .NET and PHP, AWS, Hadoop, and Redis, he has a broad and deep understanding of all the major web, CMS, CRM & cloud technologies, and most of the minor ones. Always keeping an eye towards the future, he eats beta programs for lunch - literally - because of the breadth of his experience he can learn new technologies to a high degree of competence very, very quickly.

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Particulars

Infrastructure and Cloud/IaaS

  • Physical/Datacenter
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Azure
  • Rackspace

OS

  • Windows
  • Linux (mostly Ubuntu, some CentOS/RHEL)
  • MacOS (a few versions behind at this point...)

Languages

  • C#
  • Java
  • PHP
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • JavaScript
  • ActionScript
  • Objective-C
  • ColdFusion
  • Countless shells, basics, and other scripting languages

Frameworks

  • ASP.NET
  • J2EE
  • J2SE
  • Estimote SDK
  • Hybernate (both Java and .NET), EntityFramework
  • Tomcat, Glassfish, JBoss, and some exprience with Oracle & IBM
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Node.js, Express
  • Jena (Semantic Web)
  • R
  • SmartThings, HomeSeer
  • Mahout, OpenNLP, Weka, RapidMiner

Front End

  • HTML5
  • Xamarin, iOS/Cocoa, Android, J2ME
  • CSS, Bootstrap
  • jQuery, Prototype/script.aculo.us, MooTools
  • Knockout, AngularJS, Backbone.js, Dojo
  • Handlebars, Jade
  • YUI, Ext JS
  • Google Web Toolkit
  • Flash/Flex
  • Java AWT and Swing

Data

  • Raw/Binary, CSV, Tab, Fixed
  • TIGER Database (US Census Bureau Geographic database)
  • XML, JSON, BSON, RDF, XSD, OWL, RDFS, YAML
  • SQL, tSQL, SPARQL, LINQ, LDAP, MDX, XPath, XQuery
  • Redis, Memcache
  • MS SQL Server (including in-memory & columnstore indexes), MS SQL Analysis Services, MySQL, MS Power BI/PowerPivot/SSAS Tabular Model, a little Oracle
  • CouchDB, Amazon DynamoDB, MongoDB
  • Amazon SimpleDB, Cassandra
  • Azure Stream Analytics, Apache Spark
  • Neo4J, Stardog, Openlink Virtuoso
  • HDFS/Hadoop, Hive, HBase, custom MapReduce jobs
  • SSIS, Mule, RedPoint

Imaging/Video

  • Java
  • ImageMagik (PHP, .NET and Java integrated)
  • Scene7
  • Scripting of numerous Adobe products including InDesign, Photoshop, and AfterEffects
  • Adobe Media Encoder

Social and Email

  • Facebook, Twitter
  • Datasift, Radian6
  • Exact Target, MailChimp

Applications, Platforms, and Cloud/SaaS

  • IIS, Apache1, Apache2, Nginix
  • SalesForce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • SAP, Microsoft Dyanmics AX (integration experience only)
  • Adobe AEM, SiteCore, LifeRay, SharePoint, Documentum, Vignette, Alfresco, Sitefinity, DaisyCMS
  • Wordpress, Drupal, NukePHP, Joomla
  • Hybris, ElasticPath, osCommerce
  • Paypal, Authorize.NET
  • Vertex
  • USPS, UPS, Fedex
  • XMLSpy
  • Google Maps, Microsoft MapPoint, Yahoo Map API
  • ElasticSearch, SQL Server Fulltext, Lucine, Google Search Apliance, Solr, Fast (now Microsoft)

DevOps and Cloud/PaaS

  • Ant, Ivy
  • Maven
  • Atlassian Bamboo
  • Docker
  • Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMWare
  • Google App Engine (pyton and Java)
  • Azure (.net)
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Algorithms & Techniques

  • Data Modeling: Hierarchical, Network/Graph, Value/Multi-Value, Object Oriented, Relational, Multidimensional
  • Data Warehousing: Kimball, some exposure to Data Vault modeling
  • Machine Learning and Text Analysis: WordNet, K-Means, Markov Models, Bayesian netowrks, Association Rules, Collaborative Filtering
  • Spatial: R-Tree
  • Caching, indexing, performance optimization: In-Memory, Distrubuted, HTTP, Filesystem
  • Advanced multi-layer debugging (any system)

Process

  • Agile/Scrum/XP
  • Kanban
  • Waterfall
  • BPMN/BPML

Recommendations

Working for Jason opened my mind. In times where I had doggedly pursued a certain track, he was able to take a broader look and find new avenues to attack the problem. I learned a lot about interactive approach from him. Jason is relentlessly up-to-date on the state of the industry and constantly finding new ways to streamline processes thereby safely shortening project lengths and, in turn, opening resources up to explore new areas. I'm honored to have worked with him.

Jason is one of the most intelligent people I have met. He instantly comes up with elegant, simple solutions to complex problems. He can immediately absorb a nuanced problem to provide cogent advice. He designs software that is flexible and efficient. He is extremely good at dissecting problems into discrete components. Lastly, he is charismatic and fun to work with.

Jason's steady demeanor and practical approach coupled with his undisputed wealth of knowledge and thought leadership is a huge asset to Life Time. When Jason joined Life Time I was eager to work as close to him as possible. Within months,I was able to move my team into the new division Jason was heading and report directly to him. I admire Jason's sobriety under pressure, unapologetic commitment to quality and his unwavering resolve to see that the best solutions developed and implemented.

Jason is a multi-dimensional talent when it comes to development. He's creative about how he approaches a challenge and will put in far more than the expected effort to work out the right approach. I hope I have the chance to work with Jason again someday.

Jason has a fervor for technology and leverages it to address whatever objective is at hand. My interactions with Jason regarding any number of technologies was always stimulating. He has an inquisitive nature and is always looking for better and more efficient ways to get work done. Jason expanded my view of new technologies and encouraged those around him to explore ideas. Due to his focus on user experience I now consider more then ever how platform architecture can elevate application performance. Work-life balance is something that Jason takes seriously and he made sure I took time to reflect and recharge.

Jason is a brilliant developer who creates simple solutions to complex challenges.

Jason is very knowledgable in Information Architecture and Interactive Media. He consulted on my new business venture and developed the architecture for the website and database. I highly recommend him and his services.

Jason Grey is one of the most knowledgeable technologists I know. Whenever I sought his advice on a technology solution at Life Time, Jason was able to provide me with multiple options and assist me in determining the appropriate tool. He's a technology agnostic and doesn't let his personal opinions on a product or tool become the primary factor in making an appropriate decision. Jason sees the 360 view and clearly understands each cog in the enterprise machine. He's got the smarts, experience and compassion that make him a strong leader.

Jason is a confidence man, only he's not conning anyone. His immense curiosity and hands-on nature has built an incredibly broad history of technology implementations and a to do list of bigger and better topics to tackle. The same sensibilities have made him an excellent teacher. He has the wisdom to know where to look next, and can spot the spunge like minds that will best absorb it. I'm honored to have been subject and recipient of his advice, as well as a silent observant watching him work.

Jason brings an attention to detail and insistence on high standards to every project. As a result, when his advice is followed, things just work. Period. I can sometimes be a bit too much of a big picture person, without the patience for the nuts and bolts stuff. But when I'm on a project with Jason, I know he's got my back.

Jason was the front-end technical mastermind for a number of projects that we worked on together. As the architect of the backend systems that supported the front-end experience I always appreciated Jason's technical knowledge and his ability to understand not only the front end but the back end and the business perspective. Jason was a very valuable teammate.

After working closely with Jason for over 2 years I can confidently say the breadth and depth of his technology knowledge is staggering in every area we ever encountered together. He is driven and passionate about everything aspect of technology and brings out that passion in others as well. The benefit he offered us here at Life Time Fitness brought our company from technical uncertainty to being highly aligned, and he is well recognized for it.

Jason is a rock star. His intelligence, sense of humor, judgement and dedication has made working with him a pleasure. His creative solutions stretched the spectrum from elequent visual design to elequently simple implementations to very complex programming needs.

Jason is that most rare blend of deep technical skill, unmatched problem solving, solid appreciation and respect for the creative process, and well-tuned aesthetic sensibility. He is sought after as a project team member, consultant, and mentor by the people who know him or his work. Most importantly, he assertively and intelligently challenges the status quo with smart new solutions.

I had the pleasure of working on Jason's team for two years at Life Time Fitness. Jason's deep understanding across multiple areas of IT (development, data warehousing, infrastructure, user experience, support, etc) made him a great technical thought leader and valued partner. He simply knows more about IT than anyone else I've met.

Jason is an extremely talended technical architect and developer. He architected a number of inovative solutions for clients while at MartinWilliams. Jason was not affraid to utilize a different development methodology (agile / iteration) to get the best results possible. His focus, technical abilities made it a joy to work with. Highly recommended.

Jason drove the cutting edge technology we used at Martin Williams. He architected a CMS that has more capability and flexibility then any other I have seen. He dedicated his time to staying abreast of new methodologies and technologies. He was a great leader at Martin Williams helping the other team member work through complex interactive issues.

For those that still believe engineering requires no creativity, Jason Thorpe is living proof that techical development, when done right, is an art form. One of the sharpest minds I have met in the industry, Jason's keen view of the big picture together with his superior knowledge of the interactive media makes his team hit the mark of success on every professional challenge they meet.

Jason can divide large complex applications into small obtainable milestones for the development team and bring a fresh technical perspective to the task at hand. He has strong ability to manage both code and people. His knowledge of .NET, Java and sushi will impress you.

Words that describe Jason: fast, accurate, sets expectations, contributor, culinary hobbyist, amazing, fabulous, fun, cherry. All comes down to: you couldn't have a better asset on your technology team, period.