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José Pedro Airosa

Senior Software Engineer at Simply Business

London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Computer Software
  1. Digital Science,
  2. Bluekora - Agência Web & Comunicação,
  1. Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
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Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Software Engineering

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I've been working with web technologies (Ruby, JRuby, PHP 4/5, HTML 4/5, CSS 2/3, JavaScript, AJAX) for the last7 years with special interest in Open Source technologies (Linux, WordPress, Magento) and Social Community contributions (github, stackoverflow, forrst) on a BDD/TDD agile environment.

I consider myself a highly versatile person that can quickly adapt to any "foreign" environment and/or development requirement with a short learning curve and pro-active posture.

- Understanding and comprehension of C, C++, C#, ASP.NET, PHP, SQL, MySQL, JavaScript, AJAX, Java, Flex, Bison, Prolog, CSS, HTML4, HTML5, XML, XSD and OpenGL Programming.

- Knowledge of Binary, Decimal and Hexadecimal code.

- Usage of language frameworks like, jQuery (implementation and plugin development) and PHP frameworks (MVC).

- Expert knowledge and experience of Wordpress platform as a frontend developer and plugin developer.

- Advanced understanding and experience on Apache functionalities and good experience with .htaccess management and development.

- Advanced understanding and experience on Nginx and high performance server configurations.

- Hubot evangelist :)

Specialties: Expert knowledge and professional experience (deployed and live production versions) in Ruby, JRuby, Sinatra, Trinidad, Torquebox, PHP, MySQL, Redis, RabbitMQ, JavaScript / AJAX, CSS, HTML, HTML5 and XML.


  • PHP development
  • HTML emails
  • HTML + CSS
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • APIs
  • Wordpress
  • Wordpress Plugins
  • Linux
  • Apache
  • Nginx
  • Varnish
  • Ruby
  • JRuby
  • Sinatra
  • Rake
  • RSpec
  • TDD
  • Agile
  • HTML 5
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • Test Driven Development
  • Agile Methodologies
  • WordPress
  • CSS
  • MySQL
  • AJAX
  • MVC
  • JSON
  • XML
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Senior Software Engineer

Simply Business
– Present (1 year 5 months)London, United Kingdom

Software Engineer

Digital Science
(1 year 7 months)London, United Kingdom

Working as a Backend Software Engineer, handcrafting performant applications using Ruby and JRuby. Specialising in RESTful API development.
My responsibility was to develop a new fast, reliable, scalable and robust RESTful API, from scratch, for one of Digital Science sub-companies.

- Ruby/JRuby, Java, XML and JSON
- Jenkins, Chef Cookbooks, NewRelic (server monitoring)
- Sinatra, Nokogiri, Java, SimpleXML, RSpec, Rake, Bundle, Faraday, Omniauth, AMQP, Bunny
- Redis (Ohm gem for model implementation)
- Trinidad and Torquebox. Multi server, load balanced server implementation with Amazon ELB.
Development approach:
- Test-Driven Development in an Agile Environment
- Linux (Ubuntu)
- Vagrant (local development sandbox)
- Usage of Queue Managers like RabbitMQ in a Ruby environment
- Intermediate experience with Java architecture and programming logic (reason why JRuby was chosen)

Lead Software Engineer

Bluekora - Agência Web & Comunicação
(2 years)Porto, Portugal

My role at Bluekora, apart from being its former co-founder, is leading all of the IT department where our Software Engineers work.
I have had the chance to manage a team of 3 Software Engineers (one of them an iOS developer) on multiple projects and occasions.
I oversee all of the deployment of HTML, PHP, CSS and JavaScript code.
I’m also responsible for managing all of Bluekora server infrastructure where we work with cloud servers, VPSs, email delivery servers (Postfix), and optimizing platforms like Magento and WordPress for high availability and user response.

Founder and Lead Developer
(2 years)

It all started as a simple idea for my internship project. The goal was to develop a project management solution, something similar to what we can find on the Internet. While I was doing research on this subject, I came across good, already existing solutions such as GitHub, BaseCamp, Get a Freelancer, etc. So we began to think of ways to develop something that could, in theory, compete and rival all the others in terms of quality and function. At this point, the idea to develop an Online Community came out and so work began. All the programming, framework and structure of this new project was developed and created from scratch. Flocks application design was created by Tiago Restivo, my "boss" at the time.

The project started around April but it was only in mid-September that Flocks emerged. At this time Marco Sousa was invited as a Designer and Adelino Faria as Supporting Developer.

With this Community-Oriented Application we aim to provide functional ways to interact, work, develop, manage, outsource and create using a solid, easy-to-use and user-friendly solution, Flocks!

This application will provide you, for free:
- Complete access to an Online Community developed from the very beginning.
- Complete access to the Project Management application, also developed from scratch that takes into account, usability, easy access, fast actions and extreme functionality.
- A way to let the others develop and interact with your projects by getting the best and/or the cheapest solution.
- Keep everything in one place. No need to use more than one solution, we have what you need and if we don't, we'll gladly create it for you.
- Connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts to the Community.
- Share your public tasks by using Flocks, Twitter and Facebook accounts or use a well known online solution to share them with other communities.


(5 months)

Freelancing for Estudio384 on a regular basis.

Lead Developer

boiled - new media design collective
(6 months)

Website development, managing and implementation.


(6 months)

Company where I developed my University Internship Project (
After finishing my internship I continued working for this company as a freelancer.
I was able to work with technologies like PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript in a small team of 4 engineers.


(1 year 6 months)

Not as my primary department at CoreCreations but simply as basic support to our Lead Designer.

Lead Developer

(1 year 11 months)

I entered this project with 3 other colleagues while I was still at the University. This project / company gave me most of the insight and know-how to start Bluekora.
I worked with PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


(1 year 1 month)



– Present

Command-line Framework to run functional tests against a web application (API, Website, etc)


– Present

A simple but useful plugin for Ohm that enables control over Redis TTL through Ohm

Honors & Awards


ISEP - Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Jovem empreendedor na área de tecnologias da informação.

Mais informação em:

"Licenciado em Engenharia Informática, curso que terminou em 2010, José Pedro Airosa é co-fundador da Bluekora – Agência Web & Comunicação, Lda, onde é responsável pelo Departamento Web e Administração de Sistemas. A ambição de montar o próprio negócio foi testada quando criou a CoreCreations e foi a aprendizagem adquirida que o levou à Bluekora. A empresa conta com uma equipa jovem e dedicada «tendo já neste momento necessidade de crescer mais». Considera que «o trabalho de um engenheiro é fundamentalmente desenvolver soluções fiáveis para uma determinada necessidade e que o empreendedorismo permite aplicar o fruto da Engenharia. As duas áreas complementam-se e elevam os produtos a um nível superior». José Pedro Airosa explica o seu percurso com a vontade de criar, o apoio da família e amigos e o espírito de sacrifício, enquanto justifica o sucesso da empresa pelo facto de que «a satisfação dos clientes é prioridade máxima da Bluekora». Já o empreendedorismo «é a capacidade de pegar algo, analisar, inovar, formular soluções e vender essas soluções»."


ISEP - Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto


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Escola Secundária Fontes Pereira de Melo

12º, Natural Sciences course

Finished with an internal degree of 13 (0-20)

Activities and Societies: "European Club" which was used to maintain connections with several other European countries.

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