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Dave Knapik

Senior Developer at Bark & Co.

Brooklyn, New York
Online Media
  2. American Express Publishing,
  3. Adaptly
  1. Northwestern University
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Northwestern University

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Senior Ruby on Rails developer and experienced team lead with a foundation in Agile development methodologies and Behavior-Driven Development using RSpec, Cucumber and Jasmine.

Advanced front-end developer well-versed in JavaScript and jQuery, with a preference to write in CoffeeScript. Experienced with Backbone, Underscore and Handlebars. Currently experimenting with Node.js.

Database expertise using a variety of platforms (PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Oracle, MS SQL and MySQL).

Experience with iOS development in Objective-C.

Highly experienced in version control using Git.


Senior Developer

Bark & Co.
– Present (9 months)Greater New York City Area

* Brought several revenue-generating new features to production using Rails 3.2 and Backbone

Contract Full Stack Web Developer
(3 months)Greater New York City Area

* Assisted transition from Rails 2.3 to Rails 3.2 by building up their test suite and updating deprecated method calls

* Wrote new admin tool to manage promotions

Lead Developer, Travel + Leisure

American Express Publishing
(1 year)Greater New York City Area

* Led successful launch of Travel + Leisure: Community, allowing users to participate in discussions around the brand's content.

* Taught the benefits of Behavior Driven Development to my team and promoted it as a discipline.

* Led the team in increasing the test coverage of our main application from 30% to 70%.

* Reviewed colleagues' code and worked with them to improve it

* Adapted several existing projects to be reusable across the company's brands.

* Won the first company Hack Day that I participated in.

Senior Software Engineer

(1 year)Greater New York City Area

Developed across several of Adaptly's Ruby projects, using technologies such as Rails 3, MongoDB, Koala, Grape, Typhoeus, and RSpec on the back-end, and Haml, Sass, CoffeeScript, Jasmine, HTML5/CSS3 and Backbone.js for the front-end. All projects involved working closely with the Facebook Graph API.

Contract Ruby on Rails Developer

Bloomberg Institute
(less than a year)

Marketing Web Application Developer

National-Louis University
(1 year)

iPhone Developer

(2 years)

Freelance position developing Touch's first iPhone app as well as the Ruby on Rails app its staff use to manage the organization's catalogue.

Senior Web Developer

Design UK
(2 years)

London Bureau Chief

Radio Free Chicago
(1 year)

Software Developer

(2 years)

Software Engineer

Northwestern University
(1 year)

Working in the Bioinformatics Department in the School of Medicine, I was a senior developer for the in-house clinical trials management system, NOTIS.

Web Developer

Northwestern University School of Law
(5 years)


  • Ruby on Rails
  • jQuery
  • RSpec
  • Cucumber
  • Jasmine
  • BDD
  • CSS
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Photography
  • iPhone development
  • Wordpress
  • Movable Type
  • Solr
  • Unix
  • Mac OS X
  • Backbone.js
  • CSS3
  • jQuery UI
  • CoffeeScript
  • HAML
  • SASS
  • Facebook API
  • API development
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • OS X
  • WordPress
  • HTML 5
  • iOS development
  • Ruby
  • Git
  • Agile Methodologies
  • MongoDB
  • MovableType
  • API Development
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Northwestern University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Activities and Societies: WNUR, Daily Northwestern

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