James Bennett Saxon

14021 Marquesas Way #105                                                                                                           (310) 722-2785

Marina del Rey, CA 90292                                                                                                         james@saxon.com

OBJECTIVE

Seeking software development opportunity allowing me to work with clients and teammates to craft effective and innovative solutions and bring them from concept to production.

PROFILE

Designer, architect, programmer of custom software.    PHP, jQueryDjango/Python, Web 2.0, ASP, Flash, JavaScript, Visual Basic, SQL, XML, Git, Web Services.    Colleague and client communicator    Big picture team player    Innovator, educator

EXPERIENCE

Independent Consultant Self Employed, key projects listed below                    December 2002 to present

PHP Website Development, Upgrade, Maintenance, Server Maintenance Programmed and designed many PHP websites for small businesses, non-profits, intranet including web security upgrades, layout, usability, and automation.  Sites included use of or integration with Drupal/CiviCRM, Constant Contact, EchoPay, PayPal IPN, Google, Amazon, osCommerce, Flash, jQuery, Wordpress, ColdFusion, REST, SOAP, Photoshop, Excel uploading, image manipulation.

Django Web Application Designed and developed a consumer facing photo printing system based on Web 2.0 technology.  Linked with web services using REST and other protocols.

Filemaker Pro Software Application Upgraded a rental database application twice through three versions of Filemaker Pro moving the system from a simple tracking application to a high volume hierarchical rental tracking and reporting system.

Additional Project Information Developed Flash based courseware and system to allow production staff to build their own flash based templates through MS Word.  Developed Excel VBA macros for extracting and outputting large amounts of data in custom form.  Worked extensively in Photoshop creating profitable graphics.  Designed and programmed a Ruby on Rails prototype.

Technical Lead, Client Contact EDT Learning, Inc.                                          July 2002 to December 2002

Provided programming direction on multiple projects, brainstorming, analyzing, and choosing optimal approaches to solve problems.  Resourced and scheduled projects and specified functional requirements.  Served as a key technical contact.  Provided documents and training sessions.

Manager, Courseworks Technology Quisic                                                          July 2000 to July 2002

Managed a team of multimedia programmers and production specialists who built a large-scale e-learning project on a tight schedule.  Fostered individual development and conducted performance evaluations.  Revived long-term client relationship, generated new contracts for more projects, hosting agreements, and tool licensing.

Senior Application/Systems Architect Internal & External Communication, Inc. August 1992 to July 2000

Led the programming of corporate multimedia and web-based training courses and learning management systems. Designed and implemented innovative solutions to unique projects.  Built production tools to increase the producer-per-programmer ratio. Conducted code, project design, graphic design, and usability reviews in the fashion of continuous improvement.  Presented training internally generating a spirit of curiosity and improvement.

EDUCATION

Masters of Science, Computer Science (1991) Texas A&M University. Minor in Cognitive Psychology

Bachelors of Science, Engineering, Electrical (1987)  U.C. Irvine

Bachelors of Science, Information and Computer Science (1987)  U.C. Irvine

HONORS & MEMBERSHIPS


Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society)

Presenter, WBT 98

Competent Toastmaster, Toastmasters International

Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 1991


Shell Foundation Scholarship, 1990

Texas Regents Fellowship, 1988

Associated Students, UCI, Engineering Seat