Glan Thomas

Senior Software Engineer at Apple Inc.

San Francisco Bay Area
Computer Games
  1. Apple
  1. Disney Interactive,
  2. Tapulous / Disney Mobile,
  3. Substance Design Ltd.
  1. University of Warwick
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12+ years full stack web developer.

I have a passion for building robust elegant web based experiences which are enjoyed by millions of users worldwide.

Experience developing high profile websites and apps for, and Disney Mobile.

Specializing in n-tier software architecture and development processes with an emphasis on JavaScript in the client and server using NodeJS.


Senior Front-End Engineer

– Present (2 years)Cupertino

Lead front-end engineer in the applied machine learning (data science) group.

Previously: Development lead on product launch websites and core Javascript frameworks.

Senior Platform Engineer

Disney Interactive
(3 months)Palo Alto

Developing HTML5 game technologies and tools.

Senior Front-End Games Engineer

Tapulous / Disney Mobile
(1 year 8 months)Palo Alto, CA

Creating mobile web views for Tap Tap Revenge games, making extensive use of Webkit CSS properties for transforms, transitions, masking and background sizing. Developed a lightweight modular mobile javascript library to aid with data caching, queuing and collection of analytics.

Introduced build and CI processes using Jenkins, UglifyJS, JSLint, Jasmine, PhantomJS and code reviews using Gerrit.


Substance Design Ltd.
(5 years 5 months)London, United Kingdom

Co-founded the web development consultancy. Developed business relationships with a diverse range of clients including the BBC, BSkyB, Seymour Powell, Marcus Evans and a number of specialist travel firms.

Developed specialised CRM/ERP software solutions for the ski industry along with other core products including a CMS and asset management platform.

Client-side Developer

(1 year 4 months)London, United Kingdom

Technical lead on BBC Comments Refresh. Architected the new front-end interface and service communication layers for pan-BBC UGC comments.

Front-End engineer building the new homepage.

Senior Web Developer

Global Personals
(8 months)Windsor, Berkshire

Responsible for the development of social networking websites and applications. Led the development of, the largest UK armed forces social networking website. The new website was developed from the ground up using the Zend Framework.

Operations Manager

Feral Interactive
(2 years 10 months)London, United Kingdom

Responsible for the companyʼs online presence, sales and product manufacturing logistics. Implemented systems for online order processing, stock management and customer support. Participated in the successful release of over a dozen Mac software titles including Chessmaster 9000, XIII, Worms 3D, and Rayman 3.

Web Developer

Thomson Reuters
(5 months)London, United Kingdom

Led a team of intern web developers in creating the firmʼs graduate recruitment web portal. The site included profiles of recent graduates, regional offices, graduate programs and a searchable database of jobs.

Software Developer

Sauer-Danfoss / Integrated Control Technologies
(5 months)


Mac-Pro Preview Site(Link)

Interactive preview site for the newly designed Mac-Pro.

Team members:

TapTap Revenge(Link)

Tap Tap is a series of music rhythm games by produced by Tapulous Inc. featuring the worlds hottest artists. With 25 titles and over 130 million installs Tap Tap Revenge was one of the most popular music franchises of all time.

Team members:


Certified Scrum Master

Scrum Alliance, License 84242


University of Warwick

MEng, Computer Systems Engineering

Activities and Societies: Lead Web Developer / Webmaster - Warwick Boar (student newspaper)

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Escapology and Xenobiology


  • JavaScript
  • Advanced CSS
  • WebKit
  • HTML5
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • XSLT
  • JSON
  • Ant
  • Apache
  • NodeJS
  • Mobile Applications
  • HTML 5
  • MySQL
  • Node.js
  • Awesomeness
  • Running
  • Dog Aggression
  • Coffee Making
  • Manifestation
  • Motorcycling
  • CSS
  • jQuery
  • Drug Testing
  • Nursing
  • Seeding
  • Bread
  • Cheesecakes
  • Web Development
  • Cricket
  • Hugs
  • Git
  • Objective-C
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Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • Cycling,
    • Squash,
    • Skiing,
    • Golf,
    • Computer Gaming
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Honors & Awards

Employee Recognition Award 2011, Disney Interactive Media Group

Winner Student Media Website 2004, Daily Mirror / NUS National Student Journalism Awards

Runner-up Best Graduate Careers Website 2002, High Fliers / The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards

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