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Daniel Upshaw


My background is in IT, with a concentration in web development. I am lucky to be a field that has inherently allowed me to learn about many other fields.


Freelance Developer

2016 - Current
Remote | Richmond VA, Charlottesville VA

Freelance projects include:

  • A Goff Limousine & Bus Company — and additional network sites — We have completely overhauled the web marketing infrastructure for A Goff. Includes a custom-made reservation widget that can be added to various A Goff network sites. The widget has steady conversations.
  • The Channel of Blessing — — Updates to existing Wordpress site — Photo editing, donation form fix, contact info update.
  • Swept Away RVA — — Custom photography and logo design provided to client for use on website / Facebook.

Frontend/Backend Developer
Ameronix Corp.

Remote | Richmond VA

Frontend/Backend Developer
Ameronix Corp.

2014 - 2016
Richmond VA
  • PHP, HTML5, CSS1/2/3, JavaScript, SCSS, SQL (MySQL and Percona servers, transactional patterns and abstraction), version control (Git and SVN), AJAX, JSON, responsive web design. Began to enjoy learning AngularJS and interested in that technology.
  • Magento and Wordpress projects — server setup, installation, module development, and coding themes from designs or modifying themes.
  • Drupal project maintenance.
  • Extensive work with the Laravel framework.
  • Extensive work with the Zurb Foundation CSS library, as well as the Twitter Bootstrap library and custom CSS.
  • Extensive use of NPM as part of moving towards a one-step build process.

IT Specialist
Carahsoft Technology Corp./GovEvents, LLC

2011 - 2013
Remote | Washington DC
  • Created and maintained company websites using PHP, SQL (MySQL server, transactional patterns), (x)HTML/HTML5, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, JSON, CSS1/2, responsive web design, among a number of other technologies.
  • Created primary project under previous employer, running for 4 years with over 20,000 members.
  • Secondary project (internal) created using CodeIgniter and custom module extensions of the framework. I was pleased to find out that once the next programmer realized how the secondary project works, he enjoyed working with it.
  • Discovered core bug and implemented a fix that was integrated into CodeIgniter open source project on GitHub.

PHP Developer
Eyepinch, Inc.

2009 - 2011
Virginia Beach VA
  • PHP, (x)HTML/HTML5, CSS1/2, JavaScript, SQL (MySQL server), AJAX, JSON, responsive web design. Learned more about version control (Git and Mercurial).
  • Implemented a C++ facial recognition module using Luxand libraries, integrated into a PHP site.
  • Minimal but helpful maintenance of ASP.NET (C#) websites, extensive maintenance of classic ASP websites.
  • Client contact via email, phone, and meetings.

Web Support Person
Old Dominion University

2006 - 2009
Norfolk VA
  • PHP, (x)HTML, XML, XSLT, CSS1/2, JavaScript, SQL (Oracle), AJAX, SVN.
  • Daily updates of the Old Dominion University website per the requests of university employees via trouble ticketing system.
  • Revamped "ODUEdit," the university's internal content management system, in an effort to make it more standards-compliant (regarding government accessibility standards as well as evolving development standards).
  • Played a key role in moving the university's web templates to be CSS-based.
  • ODU Distance Learning website: Designed the database structure (and learned from critical design decision), imported existing program data, created an extensive administration interface. Worked with XML document flow and XSL transformations.

Web Developer
Freelance Web Developer

2003 - 2006
Remote | Norfolk VA, Farmville VA

Freelance projects include:

  • Azalea Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA — Created Wordpress site
  • aFree Network, Inc. — An online-only network of sites. Worked on and various other network sites.
  • George J. Kartis, Photographer, Norfolk, VA — Custom frontend-centric website using his graphic design style, video processing and embedding

Web Developer
Farmville Wholesale Electric Supply Company

1999 - 2006
Farmville VA

Created company website in 1999, redesigned in 2004 with custom CMS. The redesigned site was used mostly as-developed for 10 years. Learned about how not to make a normalized database. It worked well, and is easy to reference from a GUI, but it should generally not be good MySQL practice to create and delete columns to store attributes.

Kinex Networking Solutions

Farmville VA
  • Reorganized, restructured, updated, and maintained the company website, - site powered by Plone CMS on top of the Zope application server.
  • Wrote step-by-step tutorials for the customer support section of the site.
  • Worked on side projects, one of which incorporated a clean, fully CSS-based layout at a time when most layouts were based entirely on HTML tables.

Web Programmer
High Bridge Design Group

2003 - 2005
Farmville VA
  • Specialized in PHP/MySQL programming, HTML coding, and CSS design.
  • Created batch scripts which automated various tasks (particularly stats generation). We were still able to bill for value-added benefits, and devote more time to other tasks.
  • Discovered new software and features of existing software which increased effectiveness and efficiency of everyday work for the shop.
  • Managed the office in the absence of supervisor, taking phone calls and tending to walk-in clients.

Honors & Awards