Alister West


    Work-Status:    Canadian PR, NZ and GB Citizen
    Address:        Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Interests:      Climbing, Cycling, Skiing, Ultimate


    10+ years experience in high-availability, high-performance LAMP stacks
        * Perl - CPAN, mod_perl, DBI, RT
        * Project-Management / Client-Facing roles
        * Linux (Gentoo, Ubuntu, Suse, RedHat)
        * Apache (1.3 .. 2.4), nginx
        * MySQL (3.14 .. 5.5 / Percona, MariaDB), Postgres
        * Search (Solr, Lucene, GSA)
        * Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, SQS, EBS, ..)
        * Caching (Varnish, Redis, Memcached)
        * JS, jQuery, CSS, HTML (cross browser)
        * Git / Subversion / CVS
        * C/C++, Php, Python, Ruby


Senior Web Developer, Gossamer Threads, Vancouver, BC Mar 2009 - Nov 2013

    GT is a hosting and custom development "web engineering" company.
    I worked on most areas within GT on both developer and systems projects.
    This included project management with large engineering companies
    through to self-driven internal projects.
    * Perl, mod_perl, Apache, MySQL, Varnish, RT, Mojolicious, Php
    * jQuery, SOLR/Lucene, Google-Search-Appliance, memcached, redis, html5
    * Led customer migration and performance projects
    * Ownership of GTs internal server management console

Software Developer, Zoopla!, London, UK Feb 2008 - Jan 2009

    Zoopla! is property portal and housing market platform which works to bring
    accurate house pricing to the UK market. As developer #3 I helped build up
    the internal and backend systems on an AWS platform. This was a rapidly
    changing startup and now a UK market leader and has just had its IPO.
    * Lead developer on Customer Service tools
    * Lead developer on Data-Warehousing and BI tools
    * Perl, HTML::Mason, Apache/mod_perl, AWS (EC2,SQS,EBS,S3), MySQL, jQuery

Software Developer, LOVEFiLM, London, UK Oct 2003 - Dec 2007

    LOVEFiLM is the European leader in online and offline Dvd rentals.
    As developer #3 I had a hand in nearly every part of this rapidly growing
    startup as it reached market dominance.
    I helped reduce costs over multiple sectors, helped with performance and
    scaling and owned the Data-Warehousing and reporting systems across
    multiple platforms and countries.
    * Perl, HTML::Mason, MySQL, Apache/mod_perl, Php, C/C++, MSSQL

CTO / Software Developer (Php), Urban-Permit, London, UK Jan 2002 - Nov 2003

Software Developer (LaTeX), BioMed Central, London, UK Sep 2002 - Sep 2002

Software Developer (C++), Pandromeda, NZ May 2001 - Jun 2001

Software Developer (QBasic), Otago Daily Times, NZ Jul 2001 - Dec 2001

Research Scholar (C), Otago University, NZ Dec 2000 - May 2001

AI/Graphics Tutor (C, Lisp), Otago University, NZ Dec 2000 - May 2001


    University of Otago, New Zealand
        * Post-Graduate Diploma (Computer Science)
        * Graduate Diploma (Math)
        * Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)