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Brent Cowgill

Senior Frontend Developer (Javascript, Backbone, Bootstrap, Less) @ Workshare

Front End Engineer

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Ranked #1,093 out of 21,860 for Senior Frontend Developer (Javascript, Backbone, Bootstrap, Less) in United States

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Senior Frontend Developer (Javascript, Backbone, Bootstrap, Less)

June 2015 to Present

London, United Kingdom


Front End Engineer (Javascript, node, knockout.js, foundation, sass, karma, perl, mysql, postgres)

April 2014 to May 2015

London, United Kingdom

Ontology Systems

Software Engineer (Javascript, d3.js, SVG)

November 2013 to April 2014

Brent Cowgill's Education

The University of British Columbia / UBC

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) Engineering Physics (Electrical Option)

1986 to 1991

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New feature development and bug fixes for Workshare Transact product.

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About Brent Cowgill

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Excited about front end technologies plus nodejs and meticulous in test driven engineering practices.Senior Frontend Developer (Javascript, Backbone, Bootstrap, Less) @ New feature development and bug fixes for Workshare Transact product. From June 2015 to Present (7 months) London, United KingdomFront End Engineer (Javascript, node, knockout.js, foundation, sass, karma, perl, mysql, postgres) @ Proof of concept development work for GIS visualisation of data from BlisMedia mobile advertising auction platform. User interface development for Ad Operations campaign management tools and preparation for this tool to be opened up to third party clients to manage their own campaigns. Introduced the UI team to test driven development and a front end build system using node and grunt. Introduced the company to Kanban and managed the user interface development project this way. Improved the campaign charting tool as needed by the Ad Operations team and implemented time zone aware reporting. Supervised two other front end developers, conducted code reviews, wrote manual test plans for new interface features. Tested the product. Conducted sprint retrospectives. From April 2014 to May 2015 (1 year 2 months) London, United KingdomSoftware Engineer (Javascript, d3.js, SVG) @ Developed a data visualization with d3.js to make Common Cause Analysis bleeding obvious to our users instead of poring over tables of numbers to figure out what's wrong with their telecoms infrastructure. Developed an SVG zooming interface with d3.js for large data flow graphs for integration into Ontoscope 4 product. Prototype work on grouping and collapsing of sections of data flow graphs using dagre-d3 library. From November 2013 to April 2014 (6 months) Software Engineer (Javascript, Node, Perl, PHP, ActionScript, MySQL, C) @ * Developed an application to prioritize ad delivery issues for the media operations team. Used node/Express as the front/back end of the web application with PHP and Perl back end population of mysql database from Telemetry's proprietary Patron Saint Query system. * Modified Telemetry ad player (ActionScript) to track visibility of ads between start and end of user interaction. Added metrics to Telemetry pipeline so that queries could be performed in Patron Saint Query Language. * Developed Ad conversion tracking report front end using jQuery and PHP. This was later incorporated into Telemetry's flagship product, TGX. * Performance improvements to pipeline which tracks digital media impressions. Perl wasn't fast enough so wrote a C program for first time in over a decade! From June 2013 to October 2013 (5 months) Front End Integration Developer (Javascript, HTML5, Ajax, jQuery, DFP) @ * Developed ad delivery technology for HTML5 Rich Media and Full Page ads on the FT WebApp RESULT: £2,000,000 in new advertising revenue over the first year. * Assisted the team in adopting the Kanban working practice RESULT: steady delivery of business value despite limited and changing resources on the team. * Developed QUnitChainer Javascript testing library to enable unit testing of ad library on desktop and mobile devices. ( * Developed Qucumber Javascript testing library to assist team adoption of Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) ( From April 2011 to May 2013 (2 years 2 months) Scrum Master (secondment) @ * Took over project management of distributed team with members in the UK and Manila. * Switched team development practices from Scrum to Kanban RESULT: able to keep the team flowing work through the release environments despite instability. Vowed not to shave beard until the project went live after there was a rollback the first time. From September 2010 to April 2011 (8 months) Technical Lead (acting) (JavaScript, DFP) @ * Took over Technical Leadership of stagnating project to replace all ad serving technology for the and affiliated FT Group websites. RESULT: Unified ad serving system across portfolio streamlined ad operations, increased inventory and ad visibility, improved reporting on campaigns and enabled new ad sales propositions. * Hailed as best IT project by FT's Global Digital and Strategic Advertising Sales Director. Implemented soft switch live technology to enable live testing of old and new system in parallel before a final hard cut to live. * Developed internal ad diagnostics tool (JavaScript, HTML) for Dart for Publishers (DFP.) Strong suspicion that Google took inspiration from this for their built-in diagnostics in DFP Premium. * Adopted low risk strategy of migrating our smaller sites to DFP first to learn lessons before migrating our flagship site. * Responsible for acquiring internal and external talent as needed to ensure delivery of the project. From September 2009 to September 2010 (1 year 1 month) Front End Integration Developer (JavaScript, Ajax, CSS, HTML) @ * Moved within FT to Front End Integration work after attending courses on JavaScript, DOM and Enterprise Web Development with Ajax. * Developed concurrency detection front end to dissuade users from sharing paid-for logins on RESULT: increased subscription revenues when Law Firms and Banks were exposed as sharing login details. * Developed and Scrum Mastered project to integrate Interwoven Optimost A/B testing JavaScript into RESULT: enabled A/B testing of registration signup pages in order to increase subscription conversions. From September 2008 to September 2009 (1 year 1 month) Software Developer (Perl, Apache, HTML, XML, XSLT) @ * Developed numerous back-end and front-end systems to support the News website. * Championed improvements to the development process including automated unit testing, Test-first development, pair programming and coverage reports. * Certified Scrum Master training in 2005 with Ken Schwaber. Advocated Scrum adoption. * Migrated geo-targeting database to Quova. Developed back end system and front end HTML pages to monitor and manipulate the system configuration. * Adaptive load throttling system for eRights to prevent subscription barriers under heavy site load. * System for creating PDF versions of the FT Newspaper for syndication to third parties. * Maintenance and development of internal release management and deployment systems. * Corporate subscription access system for to allow access by IP address for corporate clients. * website Budget Calculators for 2003 Government Budget. From February 2002 to September 2008 (6 years 8 months) Software Developer (Contractor) (Perl, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle SQL) @ * Implemented development processes to enable further growth of the company. * Developed a web site search engine to add to the existing product line. * Enhanced the entire product line by developing a pop-in database layer. From 2001 to 2002 (1 year) Software Developer (Contractor) (MFC C++) @ Maintenance of Realtor Workstation product line purchased from GTE. From 2001 to 2001 (less than a year) Technology Manager and Lead Developer (Perl, Apache, MySQL) @ * Supervised a team of developers, network analysts and graphic artists to develop auction web site. * Created project plan to reconfigure six servers to secure our systems and implement corporate web based e-mail. * Interviewed and hired additional developer/system administrator. * Mentored a Windows/Access DBA in Perl/MySQL/CGI programming. Supervised the development of automated press release distribution system. * Assessed hardware and software needs and ensured same acquired in a timely manner. From 2000 to 2001 (1 year) Team Lead / Developer (Contractor) (Perl, Apache, MySQL) @ * Managed team of five developers for implementation and testing of the application. * Implemented web based banner exchange and advertising system. * Worked with marketing to implement account management and marketing systems. * Mentored new members to make them a productive part of the team. * Supervised implementation of defect tracking software. From 1999 to 2000 (1 year) Software Developer (Contractor) (MS Visual Basic, Wise Installation) @ * Responsible for new feature development for Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database administration program. * Developed test data generation system to enable testing of application on client database, removing a bottleneck in the Development/QA process. * Improved the install program and responsible for creating and assembling application builds for release to specific client sites. * Completed major milestones and project deadlines on or ahead of schedule. From 1998 to 1999 (1 year) Software Developer (Contractor) (MS Visual C++) @ * Helped with completion of Connecticut State Lottery Internal Control System (ICS). The ICS consisted of a suite of Win32 applications and NT Services which processed Lottery transactions and calculated winner pay outs. * Completed coding for day start processing on the lottery database. * Coordinated with on-site team to fix bugs, rebuild product and make FTP image available. * Designed application icons and GUI artwork for a more professional look and feel. From 1998 to 1998 (less than a year) Software Developer (Contractor) (MS Visual C++ / Oracle SQL) @ * Team development of new feature to allow uploading images to database and modification of GIS coordinates for Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings. * Implemented parts of the user interface and coordinated with other team members to ensure completion of the feature under the pressure of a short deadline. * Integrated TWAIN scanner and Photo CD libraries into product for acquiring images. * Integrated ActiveX controls into the product. * Optimised code achieving a 40% increase in execution speed. From 1997 to 1998 (1 year) Software Developer (Borland C++, Borland C++ Builder, MS Visual C++, Install Shield, Perl) @ * Performed competitive analysis of other legal research products on the market. * Designed and implemented portions of the Windows user interface program. * Developed a system to compress/encrypt and verify all data on the product CD. * Developed a distributed client/server application to automatically build the legal database. * Designed a custom bug reporting database system and supervised software testers. From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) Software Developer (MS Visual C++ / Perl) @ * Development of an Environmental Law CD-ROM to run under Windows. * Devised a parsing system to read documents and generate an inter-linked document database. * Developed components of the program to load and view the document database. From 1995 to 1995 (less than a year) Quality Assurance Tester / OEM Build Engineer (MS Test / Perl) @ * Performed quality assurance for a commercial report writer for Windows. * Executed manual and scripted test procedures on the product. * Responsible for building custom versions of the software for OEM partners. * Developed a system to automatically create OEM master diskettes. From 1994 to 1995 (1 year) Software Developer (Borland C++, Intel 80KC196 C, Q-Basic) @ * Developed host and embedded control program for a patented spot welding process. * Worked closely with the design engineer in developing the embedded controller. From 1993 to 1994 (1 year) Software Developer (Borland C++ / Turbo Assembler) @ * Developed a 3D point of view arcade/role playing game for the IBM-PC platform. * Progressed from a team member to senior developer on the team. From 1992 to 1993 (1 year) Software Developer (Unix C) @ * Developed software to control an AG7750 video tape recorder interfaced to a Sun workstation. From 1991 to 1991 (less than a year) Driver / Service Attendant @ * Responsible for delivery and clean up of rental cars to local airports and hotels. Occasionally delivered cars to remote locations up to 200 miles away. From 1987 to 1990 (3 years) Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Engineering Physics (Electrical Option) @ The University of British Columbia / UBC From 1986 to 1991 Brent Cowgill is skilled in: Scrum, Agile Methodologies, JavaScript, Perl, Apache, jQuery, HTML 5, Web Development, Test Driven Development, Subversion, Kanban, CSS, CMS, XML, DoubleClick for Publishers

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