Joseph G. Thomas
+1 415 377 8453
605 Peralta Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Web application developer.
Tellme Networks, Mountain View, California.
Consultant, January 2003-May 2003
- Designed an HTTP-based data server API for communication between a
VoiceXML platform and the Oracle data store, and implemented the API
using mod_perl/Apache/DBI. Worked with DBA to optimize Oracle schema for
replication and failover. Created Perl wrapper for audio codec library
(written in C) to allow streaming of compressed audio to telephony boxes.
Used CVS-based versioning, configuration, and deployment system to set up
Telephia, San Francisco, California.
Consultant, May 2000-November 2001
- Developed key features of extranet system, including automated
email alerts to customers and a usage analysis tool. Wrote Java
classes and JSP pages for WebLogic application server, as well as
PL/SQL stored procedures for Oracle 8i. Used XML over HTTP to exchange
data between the Java-based extranet, and the Perl-based email alert
system. Used databeacon to implement an extranet usage analysis tool,
and created views in Oracle to act as data cubes for the databeacon
server. Optimized Microsoft SQL Server database to allow rapid
geographically-defined queries on a large (>100M record) database of
wireless network quality measurement. Automated FTP download, file
integrity checking, and data import to Microsoft SQL Server, using
Perl, DBI, and ODBC on a Windows 2000 Server platform. Created dynamic
menus for help desk using Remedy Action Request System.
Senior Web Developer, August 1997-December 1999
Consultant, January 2000-January 2001
- Developed member registration and login system for users of
Women.com's network of sites, using Perl, mod_perl, and Oracle. This
single-login system encompasses multiple services (chat, message
boards, free email) that previously had their own separate member
databases. Merged membership databases consisting of hundreds of
thousands of users, to accommodate corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Worked extensively with corporate partners to integrate membership
Led a team of developers that rapidly developed my.women.com, a
customized home page for Women.com content.
U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Alexandria,
Senior Intranet Analyst, February 1997-June 1997
- Redesigned and reorganized pages of Intranet. Installed and
configured Windows NT 4.0 IIS Web server. Trained users in maintaining
pages using Microsoft FrontPage. Implemented NT security for Web
authors and participants in Web-based discussion forums. Used Internet
Database Connector (IDBC) to create searchable phone directories for
department and division. Prototyped a Web-based case tracking system
using IDBC to connect to a large Oracle database; assisted in re-
implementing the system in PL/SQL on Oracle's Web Server after ODBC
proved to be a performance bottleneck. Wrote programs in Perl,
systems, including Netscape and GroupWise e-mail.
Vice President, Technology, March 1996-January 1997
- In charge of all technical aspects of a start-up Web site design
and Internet consulting business. Wrote CGI programs, primarily in
Perl, to implement database searches, e-mail forms, and other server-
side functions on clients' Web servers. Worked with graphic designers
to implement their ideas in efficient, quick-downloading HTML pages.
Administered cross-platform network using open source tools.
Olympus Group, Alexandria, Virginia.
Manager of Systems Engineers, May 1995-February 1996
- Created CGI programs in Perl and Visual Basic. Worked with client
to design a password-protected Web-based front-end for sales
representatives in the field to gain access to corporate information
stored in an existing Microsoft Access database. Implemented this
program in Visual Basic on a Windows NT platform running Netscape
Commerce Server. Deployed firewall software. Developed a Web-based
threaded discussion forum in Perl.
Associate Technical Staff, March 1993-May 1995
- For an Information Reuse project, developed automated
system for continuous conversion of over 3,000 Microsoft
Word and PowerPoint documents for use in a highly
successful World-Wide Web-based resource discovery
system. One of the most popular resources, this database
has now captured in a full-text searchable archive over a
year of correspondence and briefings from MITRE's Center
for Advanced Aviation System Development. Oversaw entire
process -- from meeting with support staff to define
procedures for capturing documents, to implementation of
conversion routines on PC and Unix platforms, to
"packaging" converter with a Visual Basic
front-end for hand-off to Corporate Information Systems
for future maintenance.
Other work on Information Reuse project includes HTML authoring
and home page development, writing Web server back-end scripts in
Perl, awk, and various Unix shell languages, and maintaining small
searchable databases. Frequently lent out to other organizations
within MITRE as an expert on setting up WWW clients and servers on
Unix, Macintosh, and PC platforms.
University of Virginia,
B.A. Chemistry, May 1992