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Vice President of Engineering
Vice President of Engineering at Safari
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Vice President of Engineering
Digital publishing entrepreneur and software engineer with deep experience in web development and ebook specifications. Proven record of team leadership and project management with a core focus on software quality, adherence to standards, and accessibility. Demonstrated ability to identify and capitalize on emerging technologies, from early work with the nascent EPUB standard to HTML5 webapp development.
I lead a 50+ person team across the disciplines of software engineering, business intelligence, and infrastructure/systems. I manage external technology vendors, write RFPs for outsourced proposals, and actively participate in project development and strategic initiatives. Sometimes I get to write code.
Served on the Board of Directors for the International Digital Publishing Forum, advising on strategy and technological direction.
Co-founder and lead developer of the first HTML5 ereading system. Coordinated design, UX, QA, production and engineering resources on core product and licensed, white-label derivatives for clients.
President and founder, providing software engineering and consulting for the publishing industry. Particular expertise in web-based ebook delivery and the EPUB specification. Released the first cloud-based EPUB reader (Bookworm) in 2008. Subsequently developed several web-based delivery systems for book content; provided XML workflow and toolkit solutions to publishers and related suppliers; produced high-quality ebook editions for specialty publications; numerous training, specification authoring, and workshops in the industry. Frequent speaker on ebook specifications, digital book enhancements, interactivity, and accessibility.
Engineering lead on large-scale XML-based publishing projects for Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, and other publishers. Managed small teams, worked closely with project managers and clients and mentored junior developers. Used common-sense approaches to problems including scalability, project process and team relationships. Core focus on testing, ease of deployment, accountability and leadership.
Moved from project management to engineering to focus on Java and XML development. Responsible for several projects under the General Motors account, including the Pontiac and GMC web sites. Specialized in internationalization and XML-driven personalization systems.
Engineering project manager on several Fortune 500 client projects, including Starwood Hotels and General Motors. Managed medium-size teams of developers (10-40) interfacing with legacy systems to build scalable, high-availability architectures. Solely coordinated project plan maintenance, documentation, and UML-based engineering specifications.
Promoted from web developer to engineering department lead of a 3-4 person software team. Continued role as a developer in addition to providing project planning, scheduling, testing, client relationship management, and internal leadership.
Web developer for client projects focusing on public radio properties and regional businesses, including Cartalk.com and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Developed shopping cart and ecommerce solutions, user forums, and interactive tools.
Short book written to cover emerging web frameworks in Python. Reviews the design principles and merits of Django, TurboGears, and Pylons.
Chapter in digital publishing book covering best practices for implementing interactive publications using the EPUB 3 standard.
The Digital Monograph Technical Landscape study (a.k.a. jiscPUB) was a six month thinktank set up by the JISC in the first half of 2011 to explore the potential value that the use of the ePUB specification could bring to the Higher and Further Education sector if further adopted in UK Universities.
EPUB 3.0, which is the latest revision of the industry-standard XML e-book format, jumps into modern web technology by embracing HTML5 and CSS3. It retains its focus on XML-driven toolkits by requiring XHTML serialization and adding supplementary XML vocabularies, such as MathML and SVG. EPUB 3 offers a variety of options for developing advanced, digital-native publications. In this article, learn to create rich-layout pages using some new features in EPUB 3.
Essay in a series on future implications for digital publishing, covering interactivity and creative new uses for electronic books.
lxml is a fast yet flexible library for XML processing in Python. It comes bundled with support for XML Path Language (XPath) and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT), and it implements the familiar ElementTree API. In this article, I focus both on the ease of use provided by lxml and on its high-performance profile when processing very large XML data.
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