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Tom Longson

Manager / Front-end Web Developer

Profile

Tom Longson is a Financial Tech expert as well as lead developer, specializing in roles building web applications targeted at high levels of conversion and customer satisfaction with clean and powerful user interfaces. Prior clients include Sony, Wells Fargo, and Walt Disney Studios. He has both security expertiese as well as user experience, and has led projects as well as teams.

Skills

Web Development

A decade developing web apps for intranet uses, and the web at large.

User Experience Design

Tom's passion for UX is also informed by an understanding of what is possible, and that will further business goals.

Product Development

Tom has led teams up four, and spearheaded many projects, including SEO for Sony's search engine node.js service. He is a strong believer in analytics and A/B testing.

Technical

  • JavaScript
  • PhantomJS / CasperJS
  • Backbone.js (MVC)
  • Box2D (physics)
  • Python
  • Django
  • Node.js
  • Bitcoin / Bitcoind
  • GIS / PostGIS
  • SEO

Experience

Sony Network Entertainment International

Senior UX Developer

2011-2013

Lead developer on the Sony Entertainment Store - http://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/ Responsible for commerce flows, internationalization to Japanese, Chinese, Korean, as well as many other storefronts worldwide. The site utilized Backbone.js, jQuery, Node.js, and is Sony's primary way to buy Videos, TV Shows, and Video Games online with the Playstation Network

Wells Fargo

Senior Front End Web Developer

2009-2010

Developing applications and sales tools for commercial credit tools for the Comercial Services branch of Wells Fargo.

  • Heavy use of JavaScript/YUI.
  • Built custom purely JavaScript MVC framework.

Stop The Spin

Lead Developer / CTO

2008-2009

Led development on political awareness and action site. Stop the Spin was an experimental project aimed at allowing better understanding of "wicked problems", such as healthcare, abortion, global warming, etc. Used decision trees in order to allow people to explore complex issues, allowing them to arrive at a position based on logical conclusions.

  • Utilized Python, Pylons, SQLAlchemy, Mako, JavaScript, jQuery, and Processing, using a MySQL backend.
  • Oversaw a team of writers to create decision tree content.

Cars.com

Manager for Research & Development at Cars.com

2007 - 2008

Promoted to head of department. Built and led a team of three developers to pursue potential new interfaces for Cars.com & NewCars.com. Responsible for executing products from concept to frutition. Projects included (but not limited to) advanced tools to allow consumers better ways to find and compare cars, internal tools to visualize sales data geographically, consumer dealer locator tools, car search widgets, and a new car photo compare.

  • Utilized PHP, JavaScript, and Adobe Flex, using MySQL databases of Make/Model data as well as Dealership data.

Cars.com

Lead Technical Developer for Research & Development at Cars.com

2006 - 2007

Designed and developed a variety of prototype user friendly applications for Cars.com and NewCars.com.

  • Led development for department.
  • Utilized PHP, Ruby, and JavaScript, using MySQL databases of Make/Model data.

Disney

Front End Web Developer

2005-2006

Designed and implemented a central repository for all television animation staff and potential candidates. System included features to allow management to review and rate all artists, maintain in depth history of creative talent, and preserve a digital archive of portfolios for reprinting and reviewing online.

  • Led frontend development and co-developed PHP backend.
  • Initiated adoption of Web 2.0 style UI practices.
  • Utilized PHP, JavaScript, and XSLT, using a MySQL database.

InfoStreet

Front End Web Developer

2004-2005

Implemented site wide features for group ware product called StreetSmart, which is currently used by over 100k users.

  • Developed AJAX based progress bar
  • Developed Import & Export tools for Address Book, Knowledge Base, and CRM.
  • Improved WebMail suite front-end with JavaScript.
  • Utilized JavaScript, XSLT and Python, using a MySQL database.

Education

Cal State University, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science (Junior)

Tom Longson — tomlong@gmail.com