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Lawrence Whalen

Back-End Engineer
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About me

I entered the workforce under very different circumstances than those that I had planned for, and had to re-imagine what my story would look like quickly. After struggling with mental illness and housing insecurity, I was privileged and lucky to find a new normal. I found fulfilling work, first in the new tech of digital surgical textbooks, and later in providing IT support for Blue Sky Animal Clinic's entire team. I worked with integration teams to allow all of our equipment to talk to our management software. This was some of the most engaging work I had ever been involved in, which pushed me to look for the next step. Researching database utilization, I found that a lot of incredibly important information was very hard for individuals to access. I enrolled in the Turing school's accredited Back-End engineering program to develop the skills needed to get assistance information to underserved populations. I am excited to move into a new career and grow my skills in back-end development.

Preferred locations

  • Denver, CO
  • Fort Collins, CO
Open to other locations and/or remote work

Previous industries

  • Higher Education
  • Information Technology and Services

Skills

  • Continuous Integration
  • GitHub
  • GraphQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Rails
  • Ruby
  • SQL

Currently learning

  • Python

Projects

ClienTell

ClienTell

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Tools Used

  • GraphQL
  • Ruby

A three week sprint to create a sex positive app to increase safety and empowerment for sexworkers. We plan to expand this early build after graduation to a fully developed app.

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Epeolatry

Epeolatry

Project scope time hours
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Tools Used

  • Google
  • PostgreSQL
  • Rails
  • RSpec
  • Ruby
  • Developed in three sprints of four days, swapping team assignments each sprint.
  • Full build of front and back-end from design to deployment.
  • Implemented google books as primary storage, linked with our app specific database.
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