I’m a front-end web developer with deep engineering commitments to open standards, accessibility, and documentation. As a former university professor who recently shifted to an industry career, I have a record of technical publications and open-source contributions that reveal my skills as an engaging communicator, generous collaborator, and champion of the web platform and its native browser APIs.
- Maintained code supporting product documentation (React, Next.js) and company blog (Ghost Pro)
- Revised and expanded product documentation to ensure concord with product API features in production
- Reviewed pull requests on production code and documentation maintained in a monorepo, and demo code maintained in separate repos
- Prepared a 90-minute online workshop to showcase the Daily Prebuilt product to an audience of external developers
- Coached and offered editorial feedback to engineer-writers in the preparation of technical blog posts
- Collaborated effectively and asynchronously with coworkers from across the globe
- Created and taught original web-specialization courses on front-end development, Ruby on Rails, RESTful data API design & consumption, and Node.js
- Structured courses in web development to emphasize agile development backed by version control (Git) and automated testing (Mocha, Test::Unit), as well as visual regression testing (BackstopJS)
- Coached student engineers in writing commit messages, inline documentation, and release notes as well as effective use of synchronous and asynchronous communication channels (Basecamp, Discord, Slack)
- Developed and taught new courses that were adopted as the department standard for other instructors to follow, including Fundamentals of Web Development, Human-Computer Interaction and Web Design, and Web Systems Integration (microservices and APIs)
- Delivered classroom instruction, interacted, and collaborated with fully remote students and student teams via synchronous and asynchronous communication channels
- Advised and coached students from various computational disciplines engaged in graduate- and undergraduate-level research and programming projects—including fielding technical questions about codebases and languages outside my core expertise
- Taught a two-course sequence in standards-based web design and web application fundamentals (HTML, CSS, vanilla JS; Ruby on Rails) to students without programming backgrounds
- Created and offered courses on information architecture, knowledge management, and technical editing
- Advised and directed thesis or capstone projects for approximately 50 masters students and 15 PhD students
- Designed, installed, and maintained a 20-workstation instructional computer lab and backing server in collaboration with university librarians (triple-booted into Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu Linux)
- Administered and maintained departmental Linux servers for internal information-sharing and email lists
- Designed, developed, and maintained a custom content management system on the LAMP stack
- Ensured site accessibility via user-testing and assessed conformance with Section 508 and WCAG, Level Double-A
- Achieved and maintained number-one Google SEO result for writing
- Designed and taught original courses in web design and development; multimedia authoring and video production; technical writing; business communication; introductory writing
- Enrolled in four semester-long graduate-level teaching practicums to develop formal command of instructional methods and their underlying theories of learning and education
- Served as open-source contributor to MDN’s best-in-industry documentation, browser compatibility data, and code for interactive examples
- Developed and deployed to production a custom Ruby on Rails application to replace POC developed on Omeka
- Integrated with the Dropbox API to enable Chicago Public School teachers to build custom lesson plans around The Newberry’s digital resources
- McGraw-Hill (consulted on educational digital-resource delivery, 2010)
- Illinois Tech Research Institute (IITRI; consulted on web accessibility, 2009)
- Illinois Tech Banner Web Group (consulted on ethical, accessible search-engine optimization, 2008)
Recent Writing, Talks, and Interviews
- Programming WebRTC: Build Real-Time Streaming Applications for the Web. Pragmatic Programmers, 2023 (in beta).
- How to Design and Write Web Pages Today, 2nd ed. ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2017.
- How to Design and Write Web Pages Today. Greenwood Writing Today series, 2011.
Articles & Blog Posts
- Git-Config: diff.colormoved, 2022 (The Pragmatic Programmers; part of a series on Git configuration that I’ve been writing)
- Properly Configuring Nightwatch to Run Geckodriver, 2022 (Personal blog; no editorial intervention to save me from myself)
- Reading Ruby for Professional Development, 2014 (SitePoint)
- A Closer Look at the RTCDataChannel API, 2022 (Real Time Communications Conference & Expo)
- Performant Progressive Enhancement for Progressive Web Apps, 2021 (PWA Summit)
- A Progress Report on WebRTC Browser Implementations, 2021 (WebRTC Live)
- Teaching Web Development, Including Front-End Testing, 2022 (Test & Code podcast)
- Interview with Karl Stolley, 2021 (Pragmatic Hero’s Journey podcast)
- Spotlight: Karl Stolley Author Interview and AMA, 2022 (DevTalk forum)
- PhD, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
- MA, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
- BA, Millikin University. Decatur, IL.
- Web frameworks and servers: Node.js, Express.js, Socket.io, PM2. Ruby, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails, Puma. Jekyll, Hugo. Apache, Nginx.
- Development environments and tools: Unix/Linux, macOS. Git, GitHub. Subversion. Notion, Linear, Bugzilla. TravisCI. Markdown.
- Design and video-production tools: Figma, Pixelmator, Concepts. Final Cut Pro.
- Writing and editorial: The Chicago Manual of Style; Garner’s Modern English Usage.