Johnathon Wright
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Johnathon Wright

[oDesk top 20] Experienced Web App Developer - Ruby, Rails, Agile, TDD


Lafayette, United States


My goal is a pragmatic one: I write great software the easiest way possible. Easiest doesn't necessarily mean fastest... it means pretty fast, with a very low bug count, easy to change, and to spec. I focus on solving business problems rather than building the "coolest toy ever" -- some people call that effectatious, but that's not really a word. In March of 2010, I was recognized by oDesk as one of their top web developers based on feedback scores. In February of 2011, I was interviewed by oDesk and was one of three "featured contractors." You can read their article ... morehere: About my experience: I have worked on at least 7 enterprise-level applications in the medical, e-commerce, CMS, real estate and auction spaces. I have worked on probably a dozen smaller applications both for clients and personal use, and have released three open-source programs, all written in Ruby. I generally work in a language named Ruby, using Ruby on Rails, a software tool that facilitates getting top-quality websites built expeditiously. In the course of building websites, I often work with javascript and AJAX. My style of development could easily be described as Agile, XP or TDD. I try to keep up on other up-to-date patterns and tools. In addition to Ruby and javascript, I have worked with at least 4 other languages and two other web frameworks. In terms of seeing whether we will be a fit, here are a few things I look for in a project / client: - I require challenging projects and the technical freedom to solve your problems. - I thrive on projects where clients describe business problems and we work together to find a way to make mitigate or resolve them. (the opposite being a deck of screen shots... if you have a deck of screen shots, we probably are not a fit.) - When working with geographically-disparate teams, I prefer small, well-qualified development teams (from 1 to 3 developers, where at least one of the other two developers is very experienced.)  - I prefer to work on projects that clearly contribute business value to the organizations they support, rather than facebook apps, pet projects, or random experiments. Feel free to contact me with questions. Good luck on your project! less

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Work History and Feedback

  • Jan 2012 - Feb 2012

    Wanted: Rails Expert for Private Investigation WebApp - Wireframes Included
    Johnathon resigned for reasons unclear to me. Maybe he was over commited. He provided some good ideas early on but work presence tailed off in the last 3 weeks. Not sure how to rate him.
    39 hours
    $94.44 / hr
    $3,699.21 earned

  • Jan 2011 - Apr 2011

    Ruby on Rails Developer

    No feedback given

    4 hours
    $77.78 / hr
    $272.23 earned

  • Jul 2009 - Oct 2010

    Ruby Sidekick and Tutor

    No feedback given

    6 hours
    $22.22 / hr
    $125.99 earned

  • Jul 2009 - Nov 2009

    Urgent Rails Developer Required for ongoing projects
    Easy to work with, excellent communication skills, flexible working arrangements, committed to finishing the job... if every oDesk provider was like this, oDesk would be a better place
    84 hours
    $33.33 / hr
    $2,805.73 earned

  • Aug 2009 - Oct 2009

    drupal website maintenance
    54 hours
    $27.78 / hr
    $1,509.29 earned

  • Apr 2009 - Jul 2009

    Ruby on Rails programmer
    Johnathon did great work for us. He is a skilled programmer and very good about communicating status and timelines. He is also good at working in an agile style an familiar with TDD. I would definitely hire him again.
    453 hours
    $27.78 / hr
    $12,570.72 earned

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Name Score (out of 5) Time to Complete
Ruby on Rails 2.3 Test 4.00 Top 20% 37 mins
Ruby on Rails Test v1 (Old) 3.75 Top 30% 32 mins
U.S. English Basic Skills Test 4.90 Top 10% 14 mins
Upwork Readiness Test for Independent Contractors and Company Managers 4.60 Above Average 14 mins
English Spelling Test (U.S. Version) 4.90 Top 20% 25 mins
Email Etiquette Certification 3.60 Below Average 13 mins

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