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F. Grahame Murray
Durham, NC 27707
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2016.
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DevOps, Scalability, Python, Java, JEE, PHP, Javascript, HTML, AWS

I am looking for a full-time position as a lead, principal, or senior software (and/or systems) engineer, designing and developing interesting and challenging systems, services, and applications.

  • 15+ years software development and design experience
  • Product development and consulting experience
  • Depth in language, educational, and community projects

  • High-scale web application and service development and deployment
  • Application design and modeling
  • Presentation layer coding and scripting (HTML, JSP, Python, PHP, JavaScript, XHR)

Principal Software Engineer, January 2012 – PresentNuance CommunicationsDurham, NC
  • Swype was acquired by Nuance!
  • Continued the development and improvement of the Swype Connect API, with the main focus on performance
  • Improved “visibility” of our connected services, using Graphite, statsd, collectd, Grafana, Kibana, and SNMP, giving us insight and trending data into how our application is performing and being used
  • Switched from EC2 Auto-Scale to a Puppet managed, but manually scaled system
  • Migrated SwypeConnect from AWS to an in-house, managed ESX cluster
  • Used Hadoop and Pig to mine Cassandra for application usage and trend data
  • Built second API in Go, wrapping core business logic written in C, to support realtime predictions in the cloud
  • Assumed responsibility of legacy Java/Spring language database mangement system
  • Built server support for on-device storefront
  • Deployed and support applications in Chinese datacenters
+ Swype Connect
+ Language Lab
Senior Systems Engineer, June 2011 – December 2011SwypeDurham, NC
  • Came on board to lead the effort of building a high-scale web-service to support tens of millions of mobile transactions per day, to enhance phones using the Swype keyboard
  • Built a multi-datacenter, geographically redundant, Python/WSGI web-service to support millions of write-heavy requests per day, backed by a similarly redundant Cassandra cluster
  • Hosted in Amazon Web Services, for ease of build-out and managed infrastructure, utilizing EC2, AutoScale, CloudFront, CloudWatch, S3, Route53, RDS, ElasticCache
  • Used EC2 auto-scaling to ensure a timely response to customer demands
  • Built a fully “DevOps” team, using PagerDuty, Nagios, Graylog, SyslogNG, and EC2, plus our stateless custom web service
+ Swype Connect
Principal Software Engineer, September 2002 – June 2011BBH MediaRaleigh, NC
  • Architected and developed and new website platform; moving all high-volume sites into a centralized, load-balanced, three-tier, standardized codebase using jQuery, PHP on Zend Framework, SOAP, JPA, EJB3, MySQL, and Lucene
  • Built a web-service-exposed, JEE middleware to power customer self-service and management portal using JPA, EJB3, SOAP, and MySQL
  • Architected, designed, and developed a scalable, clustered, high-availability, J2EE-based content authoring and management system using JBoss, Hibernate, JSP2, XSLT, and SQL Server
  • Designed, optimized, and normalized all major business systems’ database schemas
  • Developed custom content management system using JBoss, EJB, Struts, Velocity, JSP, JSTL, and PostgreSQL
  • Made heavy use of DHTML and JavaScript for both front-facing and internal applications, including remote scripting and AJAX
  • Built and extended a custom PHP-based CMS system for e-zine publication
  • Wrote functional, integration, and unit tests
  • Administered CruiseControl and Hudson continuous integration and build systems
  • Mentored junior and new engineering hires
  • Documented requirements for outsourced projects
  • Designed and built internal web applications to automate internal business functions, such as content publishing, indexing, and search
  • Built international, multi-currency money management system, including automated thirty-party import and international credit card processing
  • Created and maintained PHP and PERL scripts for website management and content validation
  • Ported and rewrote legacy PERL scripts with more robust PHP scripts, also adding new site features such as pagination
  • De facto and acting Linux, BSD, and Windows system administrator
+ Redesign of websites using Zend Framework
+ JEE(J2EE) Content Management System
+ PHP Electronic Zine CMS
+ Multi-currency Payment Processing System
+ Public PHP & PERL scripts
Lead Engineer, May 2002 – September 2002Sun MicrosystemsMenlo Park, CA
  • Led engineering effort for devCK, Developer Community Knowledge project
  • Main developer for reimplementation of JCP site, tasks included:
  • Redesigning the entire DB schema, as well as creating object-relational mapping
  • Porting and upgrading the administrative site from old Vignette TCL to the new Java platform
  • Rebuilding the public website from JSP (Model 2) site to MVC, as well as using the new data model
+ Java Community Process
+ Developer Community Knowledge
Java Engineer, September 2001 – January 2002James Irvine FoundationSan Francisco, CA
  • Independently contracted with the James Irvine Foundation to complete Coral Connect project.
  • Designed and implemented message boards, file storage, address book, and other interactive services of the project using Arsdigita Community System, XML, XSL, and Oracle 8i.
  • Configured qmail, Courier IMAP, JWMA Web mail, and ACS for Java on Solaris 2.8 for custom integrated webmail feature.
+ Coral Connect
Java Systems Engineer, March 2001 – September 2001Liquid ThinkingSan Francisco, CA
  • Designed and implemented binary parsing, scoring, and other educational algorithms for an interactive educational product using Rational Rose and ATG Dynamo 4.5.
  • Architected and designed file system integration for intranet using Arsdigita Community System 4.6, XML, and XSL.
  • Implemented product family parametric search for Cypress Semiconductor using JavaScript, PERL, and ColdFusion.
  • Led Quality Assurance effort for Certicom site redesign using Logigear TrackGear.
  • Began work on CoralConnect but entire team was then down-sized (finished at subsequent position with James Irvine Foundation)
+ Leap Track
+ Cypress Semiconductor
+ Certicom
+ Coral Connect
Software Engineer, June 1999 – February 2001SRI InternationalMenlo Park, CA
  • Architected and implemented many web applications, online surveys, and web assessments using Java Servlets, JSPs, XML, and MySQL databases.
  • Designed and coded various reusable frameworks, from survey tools to database abstraction layers.
  • Co-developed and designed ChemSense, a Java-based Knowledge Building Environment for high-school chemistry students.
  • Built CILT Knowledge Network and affiliated web sites, and single sign-on framework in Cold Fusion and MySQL on Linux.
  • Designed and authored TeamLab, a Palm Pilot-based open-ended assessment application, desktop conduit, and website that supports off-line data collection and on-line statistical analysis.
  • Helped port URLex from Python code to Java.
  • Implemented Instructional Metadata IMS Metadata XML Generator tool, on a contract for Sun Microsystems
+ TeamLab
+ ChemSense
+ URLex
+ LOM-IMS XML Toolkit

Computer Languages:
Python, Java, Go (golang), JSP & JSTL/EL, XML, PHP, DHTML & XHTML, Groovy, XSLT & FO/P, PERL, Javascript, bash, Velocity, i18n, C & C++, ColdFusion, Lisp, MIPS assembly, InstallShield Script

Cassandra, MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL, Oracle, Solid, FileMaker Pro, mSQL, Access

JBoss, Tomcat, Zend Framework, Spring, Resin, ColdFusion, Vignette, ATG Dynamo, Arsdigita ACS

  Web Servers: nginx, uWSGI, gunicorn, Apache
  Configuration Management: Puppet, Ansible, Chef
  Monitoring: Nagios, Graphite, CollectD, StatsD, SNMP, Cacti, Kibana, SyslogNG
  NoSQL: Cassandra, Hadoop/HBase, MongoDB, CouchDB, Riak
  Reporting: Spark, Hadoop, Pentaho, Jasper, Cyrstal Reports
  Messaging: RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, JBossMQ, JBoss Messaging
  IDE: IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, Eclipse, NetBeans, Xcode, Visual Studio, CodeWarrior, JBuilder
  Modeling: Visio, OmniGraffle, Rational Rose, Visual Paradigm, Poseidon, Argo UML
  Version Control: Git, Subversion, CVS, Perforce, SCCS, RCS
  Bug Tracking: JIRA, Bugzilla, Eventum, TrackGear
  Web UI: jQuery, YUI
  Build: Ant, Jenkins/Hudson, Cruise Control, Maven2, Make
  Unit Testing: py.test, JUnit, Cobetura, Mockito, EasyMock, JMock, Cactus, TestNG
  Performance Testing: JMeter, Apache Benchmark, JProbe
  Caching: Memcache, Redis, APC, XCache
  Web/Integration Testing: Selenium, JProbe
  Search: ElasticSearch, SOLR, Lucene, Verity
  Persistence: Hibernate, JPA, EJB, OJB
  MVC: Django, Struts, Grails, Spring MVC, Cake PHP, Bebop
  Virtualization: AWS, Vagrant, VMWare ESX, VirtualBox, Xen
  Text Editor: vi(m), Atom, Emacs
  Installer: InstallShield, NSIS
  Command Line: GNU tools, Cygwin
  IM: Jabberd, Openfire
  Aspect Handling: AspectJ, JBossAOP

CentOS, Windows Vista/XP/2000/NT, RedHat EL, MacOS, Solaris, PalmOS, BSD, SunOS

Disambiguating Drag-and-Drop: The Click-and-Fill alternative to managing hierarchies
I explained my implementation of a new “Drag and Drop” like interface
Published: CHI 2000 Conference Proceedings, April 6, 2000

Workpad + Palm Series Powered Pack 2000 Edition
My software was written up, rated, and included on accompanying CD-ROM
Published: ASCII Corp., March 10, 2000

Workpad + Palm Series Powered Pack
My software was written up, rated, and included on accompanying CD-ROM
Published: ASCII Corp., June 11, 1999

1995 – 2000 Goucher College Towson, MD
BA in Computer Science
Courses in Java, LISP, 3D Graphics, A.I., Assembly, Software Engineering, Algorithms, Hardware Architecture, and Computation

Summers 1994 – 1997 University of Delaware Newark, DE
Graduate & undergraduate courses in C, C++, compiler design, computer graphics, and multimedia design.

Available upon request