Chris Van Vlack

Software Engineer at Simple Finance

Madison, Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin Area)
Information Technology and Services

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Chris Van Vlack's Overview

  • Software Engineer at Simple Finance
  • Software Development Engineer II at
  • Internet Developer III at WPS Health Insurance
  • Web Developer at Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Enterprise Resource Scheduling Analyst at WPS Health Insurance
  • Computer Output Media Operator at WPS Health Insurance

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Chris Van Vlack's Summary

I am an iOS, Java and API hacker that loves to stretch the limits of what technology can do. I have helped design, build, and tune numerous high quality APIs, with a focus on speed and performance.

Specialties: iOS Development, API Design, High Performance Applications, Application architecture, Requirements gathering, Java, Java EE, Front end design (CSS, JavaScript, HTML)

Chris Van Vlack's Experience

Software Engineer

Simple Finance

June 2014Present (4 months) Portland, Oregon Area

Software Development Engineer II

June 2008June 2014 (6 years 1 month) Madison, Wisconsin Area

Develop for and support 24/7 operations of and

Recently was the lead engineer during the development of the Shopbop iOS application and supporting API, built with RESTful design.

Also built many customer facing features including:

- My Hearts
- Customer Reviews
- International Returns

Introduced and administered automated build and deploy services for use with Shopbop's software development life cycle.

I was one of Shopbop's main engineering culture evangelist, planning internal hack day events and engineering outings.

Internet Developer III

WPS Health Insurance

February 2005May 2008 (3 years 4 months) Madison, Wisconsin Area

Assist in analysis, design, implementation and support of Internet/Web based applications across multiple platforms and network environments.

Duties include maintaining, supporting and creating new functionality for various in-house web applications.

Technologies include Websphere Server 5.1/6, Rational Performance Tester, Rational Software Architect, Eclipse, MQ Series, CICS, Java/J2EE, YahooUI, Struts, DB2, AJAX, JavaScript and XML.

Lead developer for multiple large scale projects, including developing a custom load test library using Rational Performance Tester.

Strong communication skills used daily with business clients on the writing, reviewing, coding and supporting of various in-house projects.

Web Developer

Madison Metropolitan School District

August 2004March 2005 (8 months)

Responsible for designing and coding a web based elementary grading system.

Technologies included J2EE, Apache JSTL, Hibernate, Apache Tomcat, XDoclet, Apache Ant, AS/400 DB2 and the iText PDF Library.

Developed custom code to enable web generation and delivery of PDF report cards using iText.

Worked with administrative clients, as well as teachers to create a system which was useful and user friendly.

Enterprise Resource Scheduling Analyst

WPS Health Insurance

April 2004February 2005 (11 months)

Responsible for preparing and maintaining batch processing activities.

Monitored various mainframe, network and company systems.

Worked with IBM z990 mainframe, CA/7, Unicenter and various other pieces of hardware/software.

Computer Output Media Operator

WPS Health Insurance

December 2002April 2004 (1 year 5 months)

Duties included working with the mainframe, printing customer billings, insurance claim statements and checks. Printed internal documents and routed those documents within the company.

Skills included book binding, printer and mainframe troubleshooting and various communication skills.

Worked with IBM-4000, OCE 3500 and Xerox 6235 series printers.

Chris Van Vlack's Courses

  • Software Development Engineer II

    • Introduction to Data Structures (CS-367)
    • iPhone Apps Development (10152143)
    • Adv iPhone Apps Development (10152153)
    • Ruby on Rails Development` (10152157)

Chris Van Vlack's Skills & Expertise

  1. JavaScript
  2. XML
  3. REST
  4. Objective-C
  5. Tomcat
  6. Java
  7. iOS development
  8. Java Enterprise Edition
  9. Web Applications
  10. HTML
  11. jQuery
  12. SQL
  13. AJAX
  14. CSS
  15. Git
  16. Web Services
  17. Databases
  18. Object Oriented Design
  19. JSON
  20. Perl
  21. HTML 5
  22. Spring
  23. Eclipse
  24. J2EE
  25. Application Architecture
  26. HTML5
  27. Bash
  28. Node.js
  29. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  30. Mobile Applications
  31. MongoDB
  32. Agile Methodologies
  33. OS X
  34. Test Driven Development
  35. Unix
  36. Maven
  37. Software Engineering
  38. Software Design
  39. JUnit
  40. Ant

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Chris Van Vlack's Education

Madison Area Technical College

Associate Degree, Web Analyst/Programmer


Degree GPA: 3.508
Cumulative GPA: 3.531

Program included courses in Enterprise Java Programming, Microsoft .NET, HTML, XML, JavaScript, CSS, Object Oriented Design and Database Design (SQL)

Activities and Societies: Association of Information Technology Professionals

Arizona State University

Software Engineering


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