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Veezus Kreist

Located in Madison, WI

Seeking enjoyable, remote employment to further hone modern JavaScript and / or functional ruby skills with a like-minded team. Saving lost rails apps since ‘08 and developing web apps since ‘01.


Beyond the litany of skills that every developer can recite, there are a few aspects of development that are especially important to me:

Testing, specifically test-driven development, is something I’m pretty passionate about. I’ve been a fan of rspec as long as it’s been around, and I love it for unit and functional tests. My first “rock star” moment at my first rails conference in Orlando was meeting Dave Chelimsky. I’m okay with feature tests written in rspec, but I generally prefer cucumber for the gherkin language.

Refactoring – in the service of new features – is another thing I’m passionate about. During my time at Hashrocket I was known as the guy who’d take on brownfield projects no one else wanted. Two mantras keep me sane through any low-quality codebase: “do not stare directly into the code” and “leave it better than you found it”.

Ruby and JavaScript are the languages I use the most these days. I was born again upon discovering Ruby last decade; I love writing code that reads like natural English and eschew abbreviations and unnecessary symbols when possible. Ultimately it’s about expressing the most intent to the next developer. For so many years JS was utterly unbearable, but of late I’ve found writing ES6 to be very enjoyable.

Work Experience

Senior Engineer
Adorable IO – Madison, WI
December 2016 to October 2017

Found success for a large project management tool for realtors in the Pacific Northwest, skipping the big rewrite to refactor and rebuild in sections their growing application. Led their development team of three, which grew to eight by the time I left the project, through many performance and usability growing pains. Facilitated and reviewed acquisition of multiple web properties during that time. Also took over development of a react native mobile app, web front-end, and rails back-end for a Madison-based startup.

Veezus Kreist, Inc – Cleveland, OH and Belleview, FL
January 2012 to May 2017

Continued working solo with clients I met during my time at Hashrocket, developing ruby on rails applications and some lightweight front-ends served via rails backends. Most notably I worked with a small start-up cookbook site with lucrative publishing rights that was ultimately acquired by Macmillan Publishers. I ended up dissolving the firm because I missed being part of a team.

Ruby on Rails Developer (informally, Rescue Mission Specialist)
Hashrocket – Jacksonville, FL and Chicago, IL
May 2008 to July 2011

Met some of the best developers I’ve ever worked with at Hashrocket. The learning environment at that firm is something I’ve never experienced since. Worked on several dozen projects, from a two-week MVP to a major multinational government bidding tool run by an organization in Dubai. Moved to Chicago with the opening of that office and ended up running day-to-day operations. Attended meetups incessantly to grow Hashrocket’s name recognition, and started and ran the Vim Chicago meetup.

In Summary

If you’ve been linked to this GitHub page it’s because you’re hiring on a team I think sounds like fun. If you have any questions or comments, please do contact me via email or phone at the top of this resume!