David Beveridge

(970) 315-2387


  • Team leader with knowledge of software engineering principles and an eye toward quality, scalability, and developer productivity.
  • Eight years experience building web applications, doing full-stack development with Ruby on Rails, Node.js, JavaScript MV*, ES6/ES7/ES20*, CoffeeScript, PHP, Scala/Play.
  • Significant experience building front-end and single-page applications using semantic HTML, CSS3, JavaScript (React.js, Redux, Backbone.js, etc), and more
  • Depth of knowledge in JavaScript (both front-end and back-end), HTML, CSS, and Software Engineering.
  • Breadth of knowledge across several stacks, build systems, roles, engineering practices, and project management.

Work Experience

Originate, (2012-2016)


JavaScript Architect

  • Trained and mentored devlopers with a focus JavaScript best-practices and software engineering principles.
  • Maintained an active development role on multiple projects, including tech lead roles.
  • Defined code-review process and best practices
  • Stressed the use of test-driven development for all JavaScript code (front-end and back-end), and provided related training and mentoring.
  • Led code review across all projects, focusing on JavaScript best-practices and test-driven development.

Senior Software Engineer

  • Developed multiple web applications across the whole stack, in both lead and support roles.
  • Large percentage of work focused on front-end JavaScript with MV* frameworks like React.js and Backbone.js.
  • Used Test-Driven Development, code reviews, and constant refactoring to keep the codebase clean and maintainable, and keep all developers familiar with codebase.
  • Projects included rapid prototyping, greenfield development work, upgrades, work with legacy software, and rescue operations.
  • Deployment and DevOps work for multiple projects including work with Debian, Ubuntu, Apache, Passenger, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis, and others.

Keywords: JavaScript, ES6, ES7, ES2015, ES2016, Ruby, Rails, Sinatra, Grape.rb, Node.js, Express.js, React.js, Redux, Flux, Backbone.js, Spine.js, Underscore.js, jQuery, Telerik KendoUI, CoffeeScript, Sass, LESSCSS, Stylus, Bootstrap, Responsive Design, Haml, Jade, Slim, HTML5, Markdown, PHP, Python, Scala, Play, TDD, Code Review, Legacy Software, Refactoring, Mobile-first, Git, GitHub

Card Gnome, Inc. (2010-2012)


Card Gnome is a greeting card company, specializing in direct-to-recipient delivery.

Senior Ruby on Rails Developer

  • Instituted Behavior-Driven Development in order to improve communication between team members, automate the acceptance process, and improve product quality.
  • Led team of four, developing an eCommerce application.
  • Documented development processes, including tool installation, environment setup, version control usage & flow, and testing process.
  • Coached other team members on object-oriented design, code maintainability, version control, testing, and programming skills, i.e., JavaScript, Ruby.
  • Created web-to-print system, including a robust visual editor (implemented in JavaScript), and Ruby back-end that would render cards as a PDF, create thumbnails, and send proofs to printer.
  • Provided technical support for customers and the artist community.
  • Documented development practices and installation.
  • Automated common development tasks: webserver & worker process, management, database control, logging, remote consoles, deployment.

Keywords: Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, Spine.js, Sass, XHTML, CSS, DevOps

StudioDBC (2008-2010)

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StudioDBC was a web consultancy I co-founded, now defunkt.

Web developer

  • Worked directly with multiple small-business clients to deliver brand-driven web presence, eCommerce solutions, and miscellaneous technical solutions.
  • Interfaced directly with clients and designer to develop specifications and acceptance criteria.
  • Engineered web sites at every level—data models, business logic, rich user interface, and interaction.
  • Created web solutions using PHP/MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, Codeigniter, and Magento
  • Developed custom, brand-specific WordPress themes for clients
  • Developed several WordPress plugins to manage content, display slideshows, embed video, transform podcast feeds into xspf feeds, and manage reproducible page state with AJAX requests
  • Used both Progressive Enhancement and Graceful Degradation to deliver excellent user experience on multiple browsers including multiple versions of IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Mobile.
  • Administered LAMP webservers, including configuration, security, and deployment.

Keywords: JavaScript, CSS, XHTML, PHP, WordPress, CodeIgniter, Magento, MySQL, jQuery


TDD In JavaScript


A three-part talk I gave Sept. 18, 2015 for Radial Development Group on doing Test-Driven Development with JavaScript. The slides mostly cover TDD as a practice. This was followed by sections on doing TDD with Backbone.js and React.js, both with some live coding as an example.

TDD In JavaScript

Behavior-Driven Development With Backbone.js

Behavior-Driven Development With React.js

Is this thing on? Testing JavaScript, 1, 2, 3.


Presented May 27, 2015 at the Colorado Springs JavaScript Meetup, this was the first version of my talk on TDD with JavaScript. I covered TDD as a practice, and then did some live code demonstrating TDD on a sample project, which was a proof-of-concept for a script loader that only executes scripts matching a known hash.

ActiveRecord Migrations


I originally presented this talk in 2012 to the Las Vegas Ruby Group. The group was making our way through “The Rails 3 Way”, and I presented on ActiveRecord Migrations. Much of the information for this talk was taken from Chapter 6, and opined in person.

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