Matt Doar

Matt Doar

Chief Toolsmith at ServiceRocket

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Computer Software

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Matt Doar's Overview

Current
Past
  • Chief Toolsmith at CustomWare
  • Principal at Consulting Toolsmiths
  • Project Founder and Technical Lead at JDiff project
Education
  • University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
  • St. John's College, University of Cambridge
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Matt Doar's Summary

Contact email: matt.doar@servicerocket.com

I'm a software toolsmith, a senior technical consultant specializing in Atlassian tools such as JIRA and Confluence. I write plugins for those tools, migrate data, and install and configure them. I also design software development environments, including version control, build systems and all the other necessary tools.

I'm based in Silicon Valley but ServiceRocket's clients are based all over the world. I've also written a number of tools-related books for O'Reilly, including two about JIRA.

Specialties: - JIRA migration, JIRA configuration and customization, JIRA plugins
- Subversion, Mercurial, other version control tools
- SCons, Ant, make build systems
- JIRA, Confluence, FishEye, Bamboo, Crowd
- Custom JIRA plugins
- JIRA migrations from Bugzilla, ClearQuest, TeamTrack, Remedy, GNATS

Primary languages: Java, Python, C, C++
Primary platforms: OSX, Linux, Windows

Matt Doar's Publications

  • Practical JIRA Administration

    • O'Reilly
    • June 1, 2011
    Authors: Matt Doar

    If you're familiar with JIRA for issue tracking, bug tracking, and other uses, you know it can sometimes be tricky to set up and manage. In this concise book, software toolsmith Matt Doar answers difficult and frequently-asked questions about JIRA administration, and shows you how JIRA is intended to be used. Updated February 2012

  • Practical Development Environments

    • O'Reilly
    • September 1, 2005
    Authors: Matt Doar

    Everyone wants a good technical environment for developing their software, and Practical Development Environments contains helpful guidelines for how to create and maintain a great development environment. It discusses some of the current tools that are available, covering different areas such as version control, build tools, testing tools, bug tracking systems, documentation environments, release tools, and maintenance.

  • Practical JIRA Plugins

    • O'Reilly
    • August 1, 2011
    Authors: Matt Doar

    One advantage of using JIRA for issue tracking, bug tracking, or project management is the ability to extend this tool with hundreds of plugins from the JIRA community. In this concise book, software toolsmith Matt Doar—the author of Practical JIRA Administration—shows you how to create and maintain your own JIRA plugins to meet the specific needs of a project. Updated August 2012

Matt Doar's Experience

Chief Toolsmith

ServiceRocket

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

May 2013Present (1 year 5 months) Palo Alto, CA

Technical consulting on Atlassian products for a range of larger clients around the world. Part of building the technical presence of an international company based in the US.

Chief Toolsmith

CustomWare

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

June 2011May 2013 (2 years) Palo Alto, CA

Technical consulting on Atlassian products for a range of larger clients around the world. Part of building the technical presence of an international company in the US. I

n May 2013 CustomWare was renamed ServiceRocket.

Principal

Consulting Toolsmiths

October 2006September 2011 (5 years)

My consulting business was based in San Jose, CA, specializing in software development environments: version control, build systems, bug tracking system, release and deployment, documentation environments. Most of the work involved Atlassian's JIRA application.

Project Founder and Technical Lead

JDiff project

October 2002May 2011 (8 years 8 months)

JDiff (www.jdiff.org) is an open source Javadoc doclet which generates an HTML report of all the packages, classes, constructors, methods, and fields which have been removed, added or changed in any way, including their documentation, when two APIs are compared. This is very useful for describing exactly what has changed between two releases of a product. Only the API (Application Programming Interface) of each version is compared. It does not compare what the source code does when executed.

Consultant Toolsmith

PacketMotion, Inc

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer & Network Security industry

November 2006May 2007 (7 months)

* Converted existing bug data from Bugzilla to Jira. Administered and developed custom plugins for the Jira instance.
* Created a build system using multiple build tools (Ant, SCons, shell) including a custom compiler and complex dependencies.
* Set up and administered Subversion repositories and FishEye.

Senior Toolsmith

XenSource

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

March 2006October 2006 (8 months)

Managed and extended JIRA for issue tracking
Integrated JIRA with Mercurial
Improved Windows installers for desktop client
Maintained build system for large packages

Toolsmith

Venturi Wireless

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Wireless industry

September 2004March 2006 (1 year 7 months)

Responsible for CVS administration, builds using make and SCons, and the automated build system (Tinderbox). Evaluated and then implemented the use of a new build system (SCons). Evaluated and then implemented a new bug tracking system (Jira), including export, conversion and import of over 5000 existing bugs.

Toolsmith

Trapeze Networks

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; JNPR:NYSE; Wireless industry

June 2002September 2004 (2 years 4 months)

Developed and maintained the software environment used to
produce a Wireless LAN switch. This included hourly builds and change logs, nightly releases to QA, and tight CVS integration with the bug tracking system (ExtraView). I also created the distributed simulation environment for the product, with thousands of simulated 802.11 clients connecting to the switch. I wrote and shipped the web-based management portion of the switch.

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Vitria

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

October 1997June 2002 (4 years 9 months)

Developed and ran distributed, multiplatform tests for
high-speed CORBA event service. Rewrote, managed and taught
week-long training courses for customers. Contributed to the creation of a Training group. Numerous contributions to the C++ and Java code base of BusinessWare, a CORBA and XML-based Enterprise Application Integration product. Organized and wrote the substantial samples which ship with the product. Developed automated test infrastructure for large number of complex unit tests and distributed system tests. Customer support and technical firefighting.

Member of Technical Staff/Team Manager

Ascom Nexion

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; ASCN; Telecommunications industry

September 1995September 1997 (2 years 1 month)

The company was renamed Fujitsu Nexion in 1997.

Member of Technical Staff

NET (Network Equipment Technology)

December 1993September 1995 (1 year 10 months)

Matt Doar's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • asas

Matt Doar's Languages

  • English, UK and US

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Matt Doar's Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor to Stack Overflow JIRA

    Stack Overflow
    • January 2013

    Since 2011 I have been the highest-ranked contributor to JIRA-related discussions at Stack Overflow (http://stackoverflow.com/tags/jira/topusers)

Matt Doar's Skills & Expertise

  1. JIRA Plugins
  2. JIRA Migrations
  3. JIRA Configuration
  4. JIRA Administration
  5. JIRA
  6. Fisheye
  7. Java
  8. Bamboo
  9. Python
  10. Confluence
  11. oreilly author
  12. Mercurial
  13. Toolsmith
  14. Atlassian Expert
  15. Integration
  16. Technical Publication
  17. Unix
  18. Test Automation
  19. Published Author
  20. Web Applications
  21. Open Source
  22. Atlassian JIRA
  23. Apache
  24. Perl
  25. Linux
  26. Atlassian
  27. Version Control Tools
  28. Crowd
  29. Data Migration
  30. docbook
  31. git
  32. CustomWare
  33. GreenHopper
  34. ServiceRocket
  35. Bitbucket
  36. Stash
  37. Agile Methodologies
  38. Professional Mentoring
  39. Process Engineering
  40. British English
  41. Plugins
  42. Add-ons
  43. Quick Witted
  44. LinkedIn
  45. Cigars

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Matt Doar's Education

University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

Ph.D., Computer Networking

June 1989April 1993

Thesis title: "Multicast in the ATM Environment"

St. John's College, University of Cambridge

B.A, M.A, Computer Science

September 1985June 1988

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