Nick Dellamaggiore

Nick Dellamaggiore

Infrastructure Lead at Coursera

San Francisco Bay Area

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Nick Dellamaggiore's Overview

  • Software Engineer - Infrastructure Lead at Coursera

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Nick Dellamaggiore's Summary

I'm a senior Java engineer/architect who's passionate about building great consumer internet products. I can work across the full stack, but I'm especially strong in server-side development.


Consumer internet and enterprise Java software development. Occasional dabbling in Ruby on Rails and Facebook application development.

Nick Dellamaggiore's Experience

Software Engineer - Infrastructure Lead


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

September 2012Present (2 years 1 month) Mountain View, CA

Working with a team of super smart engineers in building out the infrastructure that serves up free education to millions of students around the world. We're hiring smart software engineers who are passionate about our mission:

Principal Staff Engineer


Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; LNKD; Internet industry

March 2005July 2012 (7 years 5 months)

Joining the company fairly early on, I've had the privilege of working with some amazing engineers on many cool product and infrastructure projects at LinkedIn. Here a few of my favorite accomplishments thus far while working here:

• Designed and implemented the initial version of LinkedIn's next-generation RESTful service invocation framework.
• Twitter integration: Designed and implemented account linking and bi-directional status synchronization between LinkedIn and Twitter using Twitter's Streaming API, REST APIs and OAuth.
• Internal 'firehose': a realtime stream of all updates and activity on LinkedIn, built using Kafka, a high-throughput distributed messaging system ( This data stream powers LinkedIn Signal and other forthcoming real-time products.
• Site-wide sharing: Designed and implemented the new rich sharing module on the home page and a generic 'object sharing' dialog for the rest of the site. This project also included the implementation of our link shortener,
• LinkedIn Groups: Led a small team that took our fledgling Groups product from a simple badge on your profile to a vital professional collaboration space and a major engagement driver for the site
• Profile PDF: Exports your LinkedIn profile to a nicely formatted PDF file. I used Apache FOP for PDF rendering.
• Scalability: I helped keep the site up through periods of tremendous growth by profiling/tuning code, sharding databases, adding caches, optimizing SQL, diagnosing tricky distributed software issues and more.

In addition to coding, I perform code and design reviews, mentor fellow engineers, write copious amounts of wiki documentation and present my work at tech talks and company all-hands meetings. I also spoke at JavaOne 2008 and SD West in 2008/2009, presenting LinkedIn's overall site architecture along with an outline of our engineering process:

Senior Business Applications Developer


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; VMW; Computer Software industry

October 2004March 2005 (6 months)

Developed and maintained VMware's backend e-commerce systems.

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Research industry

June 2002October 2004 (2 years 5 months)

Developed medium-large scale business applications for internal Lab use (5000 users). Led efforts to develop in-house Java architecture and software tools. Evangelized Java technology to in-house development teams.

Lead Software Developer

Cal Poly State University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

March 2001June 2002 (1 year 4 months)

Led development of Java web applications for campus organizations and external clients.

Nick Dellamaggiore's Certifications

  • Functional Programming Principles in Scala

    • Coursera
    • May 2013
  • Principles of Reactive Programming

    • Coursera
    • December 2013
  • Cryptography I

    • Coursera
    • May 2014

Nick Dellamaggiore's Projects


    • June 2011 to Present is a REST+JSON framework for building robust, scalable service architectures using dynamic discovery and simple asynchronous APIs. fills a niche for building RESTful service architectures at scale, offering a developer workflow for defining data and REST APIs that promotes uniform interfaces, consistent data modeling, type-safety, and compatibility checked API evolution.

  • Unified Social Content Platform (USCP)

    • July 2011 to Present

    The next-generation activity platform for LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn Signal

    • August 2010 to March 2011

    Applying professional faceted search to the real-time stream.

  • Linkedin Companies

    • January 2008 to February 2009

    Initiated, built and grew Linkedin Companies from scratch to 10M pageviews/day, 1M company profiles.

Nick Dellamaggiore's Courses

  • BS, Computer Science, Mathematics

    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Database Systems
    • Computer Graphics
    • Real Analysis
    • Abstract Algebra

Nick Dellamaggiore's Skills & Expertise

  1. Java
  2. Distributed Systems
  3. Unix
  4. Oracle
  5. MySQL
  6. Memcached
  7. Hibernate
  8. Spring
  9. Lucene
  10. REST
  11. Messaging Systems
  12. Ruby on Rails
  13. OAuth
  14. Continuous Integration
  15. TestNG
  16. Technical Leadership
  17. Unit Testing
  18. Scalability
  19. Scala
  20. Git
  21. Web Applications
  22. Ruby
  23. Linux
  24. Tomcat
  25. Java Enterprise Edition
  26. Software Engineering

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Nick Dellamaggiore's Education

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

BS, Computer Science, Mathematics


Received "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year" award in 2002. Recognized out of over 1000 student employees on campus for my work in the Library Multimedia Group, a software development group serving the campus and other external clients.

Nick Dellamaggiore's Additional Information


programming, photography, hiking, camping, guitar, linux, macs, music, concerts, video games, guitar hero, investing, gardening

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Cal Poly Student Employee of the Year, 2002

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