Jesse Cravens

u·biq·ui·tous javascript and html5

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        <span class="given-name">Jesse</span>
        <span class="family-name">Cravens</span>
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        <span class="locality">Austin</span>
        , <abbr class="region" title="Texas">TX</abbr> <abbr class="country-name" title="United States of America">USA</abbr>
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            <a href="mailto:jesse.cravens@gmail.com" class="email">jesse[dot]cravens[at]gmail[dot]com</a>
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            <a href="http://www.jessecravens.com/resume" class="url" rel="me">Resume</a>
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            <a href="http://www.jessecravens.com/blog" class="url" rel="me">Blog</a>
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            <a href="http://www.jessecravens.com/portfolio" class="url" rel="me">Portfolio</a>
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            <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/jessecravens" rel="me">LinkedIn profile</a>
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<h3>Summary of Qualifications</h3>

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    Jesse is an innovative Principal Software Engineer with a deep background in web application and native mobile application development. His focus has been on rich internet applications, the mobile web, and HTML5. He possesses a rare blend of technical aptitude and an ability to provide oversight and direction to technical teams.
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<p class="summary">
    He previously held Sr. Software and Technical Management positions at USAA, leading a team of mobile application developers that included both domestic full time employees and offshore 3rd party contractors. He was responsible for providing technical leadership in the planning, designing, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of USAAs industry leading iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and mobile web applications.
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<p class="summary">
    Prior to that, Jesse contributed to Drupal powered websites for entertainment clients such as Jackson Browne, CSNY, and Angie Ruiz.
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<p>He is also a contributor to open source and regular speaker on Node.js, HTML5 and JavaScript:</p>

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        <li>
            <a href="http://usaa.com" class="url" >TechX 2012</a>
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            <a href="http://www.html5report.com/conference/austin2012/" class="url">Devcon5 HTML5 Summit Austin 2012</a>
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        <li>
            <a href="http://www.html5report.com/conference/california/" class="url">Devcon5 HTML5 Summit San Francisco 2012</a>
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        <li>
            <a href="http://html5tx.com/pages/about" class="url">HTML5.tx 2013</a>
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            <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive" class="url">SXSW Interactive 2013</a>
        </li>
        <li>
            <a href="http://fluentconf.com/fluent2013" class="url">Fluent Conf 2013</a>
        </li>
        <li>
            <a href="http://www.html5report.com/conference/newyork/" class="url">Devcon HTML5 Summit NYC 2013</a>
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        <li>
            <a href="http://oredev.org/2013" class="url">Oredev 2013</a>
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    </ul>

<h3>Experience &amp; Accomplishments</h3>

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        <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
        <h4 class="title summary">Principal Engineer</h4>
        <p class="org fn">Frog</p>

        <p>
            <abbr class="dtstart" title="2008-04-01">April 2012</abbr>
            &ndash; present
        </p>
        <ul class="description">

            <li>Designs and builds innovative solutions.</li>
            <li>
                Collaborates closely with designers to express design assets and artifacts in the form of presentation layer code, interactive prototypes, technical proof-of-concepts, and presentation-layer components and templates.
            </li>
            <li>
                Provides subject matter expertise in one or more domains leading to UI presentation layer architecture 
            recommendations and design integration support to help ensure the intended user experience is successfully translated into the engineered software.
            </li>

            <li>Provides work breakdown plans and estimates of work.</li>

            <li>
                Develops software components or modules and/or binding of UI / presentation, logic / middleware, and/or backend / data services tiers in the software application stack.
            </li>

            <li>
                Lead the triage, analysis, and problem-solving efforts in collaboration with software architects for technical design problems or challenges discovered during the software engineering process.
            </li>

            <li>Collaborates with client technical resources.</li>

            <li>
                Provides valuable technical consulting and insights to the team as a whole.
            </li>
        </ul>
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            <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
            <h4 class="title summary">
                IT Technical Manager - Mobile/Tablet Applications Infrastructure and Support
            </h4>
            <p class="org fn">USAA</p>

            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2008-04-01">April 2010</abbr>
                &ndash; April 2012
            </p>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>
                    Manages team of mobile/tablet application developers, including domestic and offshore 3rd party teams.  Provides management of personnel related activities.  Coordinates on hiring actions. Performs training, scheduling, performance appraisals, compensation analysis and other related tasks.
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                <li>
                    Provides technical leadership in the planning, designing, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/iOS" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">iOS</a>
                    ,
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/android" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">Android</a>
                    ,
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/blackberry" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">Blackberry</a>
                    ,
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/windows+phone+7" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">Windows Phone 7</a>
                    , and
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/mobile" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">mobile/tablet</a>
                    web applications.
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                    Manages the financial processes related to unit, project or product/component budgets.
                </li>
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                    Ensures the delivery of quality product.  Monitors the status of projects. Coordinates with customers to ensure business needs are met.  Negotiates solutions to issues and problems.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Participates in planning sessions involving equipment, hardware and procedural changes to fully exploit information technology solutions and ensure that industry best practices are implemented.
                </li>
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        <div class="experience vevent vcard">
            <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
            <h4 class="title summary">Senior Software Engineer - Presentation Tier</h4>
            <p class="org fn">USAA</p>

            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2008-04-01">April 2008</abbr>
                &ndash; April 2010
            </p>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>
                    Organize enterprise JavaScript libraries and corresponding Standards and Guidance Documentation to reflect best practices.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Educate company's front end web developers through weekly presentations and one on one meetings. (Topics include: Basics of Object Oriented JavaScript, Singleton and Factory JavaScript Design Patterns, AJAX and YUI Connection Manager, YAHOO.util.Dom) Integrate YUI components into existing proprietary J2EE framework.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Rewrite various legacy JavaScript components to be reusable and extensible.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Develop and promote a Paired Programming model to bridge the gap between UI Design and J2EE development communities and to promote W3C web standards.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Build prototypes and content models for usability testing from UI requirements documentation and wire-frames. (consider use cases, scenarios, and flow)
                </li>
                <li>
                    Collaborate with teams of software developers, UX professionals, and business professionals to promote user-centered design, and best practices in usability.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Research and evaluate various client-side technologies for use in internal and external applications and present findings: Yahoo User Interface Library, ExtJS JavaScript Library, JQuery, XSLT, JSDoc, JSDocToolkit, JSLint, Apache WicketStuff (YUI Integration)
                </li>
            </ul>
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            <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
            <h4 class="title summary">Front End Development Consultant</h4>
            <p class="org fn">TekSysytems</p>

            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2004-09-01">August 2007</abbr>
                -
                <abbr title="2005-05-25">April 2008</abbr>
            </p>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>
                    Collaborate with teams of software developers, user interface professionals, and business professionals to promote user-centered design, and best practices in usability.
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                    Create new solutions and design patterns to overcome usability issues.
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                    Design prototypes and content models for new features, and new applications.
                </li>
                <li>Promote and follow web standards.</li>
                <li>
                    Rescript JavaScript libraries to reflect Enterprise best practices.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Evaluate various client-side technologies for use in internal and external applications.
                </li>
            </ul>
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        <div class="experience vevent vcard">
            <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
            <h4 class="title summary">Lead Web (LAMP) Architect</h4>
            <p class="org fn">Thompson Media Group</p>

            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2005-01-01">January 2005</abbr>
                -
                <abbr title="2006-09-01">September 2006</abbr>
            </p>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>
                    Select and implement software, platforms, publishing tools, and programming languages for the development of Web architecture.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Manage all projects of geographically dispersed virtual team.
                </li>
                <li>
                    Plan, configure, deploy, and theme
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/drupal" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">Drupal</a>
                    -powered websites
                </li>
                <li>
                    Perform cost-benefit analysis of proposed Web implementations, enhancements, and modifications.
                </li>
                <li>Monitor and report on Web site traffic and performance.</li>
                <li>
                    Manage and/or provide guidance to junior members of the team.
                </li>
            </ul>
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        <div class="experience vevent vcard">
            <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
            <h4 class="title summary">Web and Interactive Developer</h4>
            <p class="org fn">
                <a href="http://www.digett.com" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Digett</a>
            </p>

            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2005-01-01">January 2005</abbr>
                -
                <abbr title="2006-06-01">June 2006</abbr>
            </p>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>
                    Work with high profile entertainment clients such as:
                    <a href="http://www.jacksonbrowne.com" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Jackson Browne</a>
                    ,
                    <a href="http://www.csny.com" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">CSNY</a>
                    ,
                    <a href="http://www.angie-ruiz.com" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Angie Ruiz</a>
                    , and the
                    <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Kentucky Derby</a>
                </li>
                <li>
                    Plan, configure, deploy, and theme
                    <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/drupal" class="skill" rel="tag" title="Link opens off this site">Drupal</a>
                    -powered websites
                </li>
                <li>Plan, configure, deploy, and theme ASP.NET-powered websites</li>
                <li>Create custom behaviors and features in Drupal</li>
                <li>Support client websites</li>
                <li>Translate web designs into clean, valid HTML/CSS</li>
                <li>
                    Implement complex UI objectives through the use of AJAX, PHP, JavaScript, and related technologies
                </li>
                <li>Meet project objectives,budget requirements and schedules</li>
                <li>Meet internal process standards</li>
                <li>
                    Manage multiple projects using Basecamp project management platform
                </li>
            </ul>
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        <div class="experience vevent vcard">
            <a class="include nonVisual" href="#jesse-hcard-name">Jesse Cravens</a>
            <h4 class="title summary">
                <a href="http://www.seenation.com/view_full_news_details.php?newsid=13387&title=Technology%20Teacher%20Finds%20Support%20for%20Progressive%20Ideas%20Among%20Local%20Business%20Community&PHPSESSID=74d88578c41e7bb0c7aced05799db4ee" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Business Computer Programming Teacher</a>
            </h4>
            <h4 class="title summary">
                <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19950311&id=hOgyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wAcGAAAAIBAJ&pg=6587,1770498" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Assistant Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach</a>
            </h4>

            <p class="org fn">Boerne ISD</p>

            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2003-08-01">August 2003</abbr>
                -
                <abbr title="2007-06-01">June 2007</abbr>
            </p>
            <h5>Certifications:</h5>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>TExES 8-12 Computer Science</li>
                <li>TExES 8-12 Technology Education</li>
                <li>TExES K-12 Technology Applications</li>
                <li>TExES EC-12 Art</li>
            </ul>

            <h5>Skills Taught:</h5>
            <ul class="description">
                <li>
                    identify employment opportunities in various business environments
                </li>
                <li>
                    differentiate the concepts of integrity and confidentiality as related to technology in the business environment
                </li>
                <li>analyze programming languages and operating systems</li>
                <li>
                    solve problems using different types and levels of programming languages
                </li>
                <li>solve problems using analytical techniques</li>
                <li>
                    apply procedures for maintaining the security of computerized information
                </li>
            </ul>
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    <h3>Education</h3>
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            <h4 class="summary">B.A Art/Art History</h4>
            <p class="org fn">
                <a href="http://arthistory.rice.edu/" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Department of Art History at Rice University</a>
            </p>
            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="1993-06-01">June 1993</abbr>
                &ndash;
                <abbr class="dtend" title="1998-06-01">June 1998</abbr>
            </p>
            <p> <acronym title="Grade Point Average">GPA</acronym>
                3.0,
                <a href="http://www.students.rice.edu/students/Honor_Roll.asp?SnID=2" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">President's Honor Roll</a>
            </p>
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        <div class="education vevent vcard">
            <h4 class="summary">M.A. Education - Curriculum and Instruction</h4>
            <p class="org fn">
                <a href="http://coehd.utsa.edu/" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) at The University of Texas at San Antonio</a>
            </p>
            <p>
                <abbr class="dtstart" title="2003-06-01">June 2003</abbr>
                &ndash;
                <abbr class="dtend" title="2005-06-01">June 2005</abbr>
            </p>
            <p> <acronym title="Grade Point Average">GPA</acronym>
                3.9
            </p>
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    <h3>Affiliations</h3>
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        1993 San Antonio Express News High School Basketball Player of the Year
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        1995 Team Captain
        <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Owls_men%27s_basketball" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Rice University Men's Basketball Team</a>
    </p>
    <p class="affiliation vcard">
        <a href="http://raftingcolorado.com/whitewater/">Colorado Certified Whitewater Rafting Guide</a>
    </p>
    <p class="affiliation vcard">
        <a href="http://www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wildfirstresponder.shtml" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Wilderness First Responder</a>
    </p>
    <p class="affiliation vcard">
        <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Peacefield" class="url" title="Link opens off this site">Professional Bass Player</a>
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