Jeff McMahan

Detroit-area web/software engineer
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Graduate Fellow in Linguistics, 2011-2013
The University of Maryland, College Park
PhD not completed

Bachelor of Arts, 2010
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
High Honors in Linguistics
Winner of the 2010 Haller Prize in Philosophy

Current projects

Cloud Simulator

Allows developers to create multiple local simulated cloud environments on Mac OSX, for development and testing.

Scholarly HTML

A fast HTML transpiler with special semantics for certain elements, providing linked citations and bibliogrpahies, linked and numbered endnotes, and linked and numbered figures and captions.

Express Simple Search

An easy-to-use indexing and search engine solution for any ExpressJS-based website project.

Sales Floor Manager

Manages sales floor operations for teams of commission retail salespeople.

Product Customizer

Implements realistic physics in the browser, using the canvas API, to allow users to mix and match and create custom products for purchase.

Media Manager, API & Client App

An advanced web-based media manager combined with a client iPad application which takes an offline-first approach to exploring and viewing the media.

Core Competencies

  • Advanced JavaScript

    Browser: websites and web applications; extensive experience with React and Angular.js

    Server: web services, sites, and CLI tools; extensive experience with ExpressJS, MongoDB, and Mongoose

    iOS: advanced Cordova/PhoneGap apps meant for in-house distribution by corporate clients

  • PHP, SQL

    WordPress: data migration, e-commerce stores, advanced custom plugins, and custom themes

    General: web APIs/services, and other tools to support websites, web apps, and mobile apps

  • Unix/Linux Shell

    Creation of custom build tools and process administration tools that make it easier to develop, deploy, and maintain complex projects

  • Cloud Computing

    Setup and management of cloud-based linux instances, cloud database solutions, cloud-internal DNS routing, and email

  • LaTeX & XeLaTeX

    Advanced programmatic creation of PDF documents with publisher-quality layout and typography

Other Competencies

Adobe Creative Suite
Written English

Recent projects

Price Quote API & Client App

Calculates prices for dozens of products in thousands of configurations from an intuitive touch interface on iPad. Deployed mid-2015.

Search Engine

Allows customers to search 30,000 products and get high quality instant results and smart suggestions and query completion.

Mobile App Auto-Updater

A tool for building Cordova/PhoneGap “wrapper” apps that download remotely hosted HTML5 apps and run them (in an offline-first way), to allow truly painless updates.