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Alex Klick

Full Stack Engineer
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About me

Hello, thanks for viewing my page. In my last job, as an inventory control manager, I used a variety of software that didn’t work well and made the user do unnecessary steps to complete tasks. Additionally, we did much of our inventory tracking by hand, and later entered the data manually. This forced our staff to waste valuable time filling out sheets, and reading handwritten notes to try to enter information. This could sometimes lead to errors, which were also difficult and time consuming to trace. It also meant that I spent a lot of time doing data entry each day.

I decided that there must be a better way to do this. I started working on writing my own web application, one that could be used to track what had been issued throughout the day, and provide us with a neat and tidy csv file that could be uploaded to our Netsuite accounting software. I did this in my spare time after work, and would find myself coding late into the night, even when I was exhausted from a full day's work. I quickly learned that I had more of a passion for writing code than my job and tried to see what other things I could work on automating.

Well, unfortunately there wasn't much for me to do on this front, at least not in that role. This is what ignited desire to keep studying engineering in my spare time and eventually pushed me to change careers. I know the frustration of using software that doesn’t work like it should and have come to appreciate the simple elegance of software that just works intuitively. I look forward to sharing my love for programming and learning and look forward to forging new friendships with likeminded people who share my love for software development.

Preferred locations

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

Previous industries

  • Hospitality
  • Logistics and Supply Chain

Skills

  • Bootstrap
  • Express
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • Heroku
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Node.js
  • Npm
  • PostgreSQL
  • Python
  • Rails
  • React
  • RSpec
  • Ruby
  • SQL

Currently learning

  • AWS
  • GraphQL
  • Next.js
  • Redis
  • Redux
  • TypeScript

Projects

WhetherToSweater

WhetherToSweater

Project scope time 30 hours
Collaborators

Tools Used

  • Rails
  • RSpec
  • Ruby

This project was a solo project that was done in 7 days. It is a backend only app, running on Rails API only mode. The objective is to expose several endpoints, which allows a frontend to get information for a trip that the user will input.

The user can choose a starting location and destination and the app will return the estimated trip time and weather forecast for their arrival as well as a picture of the destination city.

It utilizes these external APIs:

  • Mapquest API for geo-coordinates and directions
  • OpenWeather API for current, hourly and daily weather of the destination location
  • Google Places API for unique pictures from the destination locations.

It then restructures the data to meet the frontend's requirements and returns them in JSON format.

Code Repository
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Viewing Party

Viewing Party

Project scope time 30 hours
Collaborators

Tools Used

  • Bootstrap
  • GitHub
  • Heroku
  • Rails
  • RSpec
  • Ruby
  • SQL

A full stack Ruby on Rails web application for creating viewing parties to watch movies!

This was a paired programming project with Lee Hopper that was done over 10 days. It utilized themovieDB api to render movie details including movie search functionality. It features a bootstrap grid layout that renders the movie search results or top movies in an easy to use format. It uses PostgreSQL and Active Record to provide the user with a many-to-many relationship with friends, so they can connect and create their own viewing parties for movies.

Launch the App Code Repository
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