I am a Software Engineer based in Dallas Texas. I use mostly PHP, Zend Framework, Magento, Laravel, CodeIgniter, Android, & Java. Go is my new favorite language. My wife, Hina, is the most amazing woman. Our dog, Simba, is the boss. My hobbies includes playing with new technologies, reading, writing, hiking, photography, painting, and video games.


Software Engineer with more than 10 years of professional experience. Expert understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Design Patterns, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and Software Architecture.


  • Certifications: Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP5).
  • Languages: Java, Java EE, J2EE, Golang, PHP, Javascript, SQL, PL/SQL, HTML, HTML5, CSS, XML, Shell Script (Bash, Korn).
  • Databases: MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server.
  • Frameworks: Zend Framework, CodeIgniter, Magento, Laravel.
  • Version Control: Git, Subversion (SVN), Harvest.
  • System Administration: Unix (AIX), Linux (CentOS), Windows Server.
  • Application Servers: Tomcat, Apache, Nginx.
  • Methodologies: Test Driven Development (TDD), Agile/Scrum Development, MVC, Design Patterns.
  • Development Tools: Eclipse, Netbeans, PhpEd, xDebug, Vim.
  • Business Intelligence: Pentaho, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services.
  • Misc: Hibernate, WSDL, SOAP, REST, JSON, Ajax, Facebook API, Amazon API, Android SDK.
  • Location: Dallas, Texas.


SoftLayer, an IBM Company, Software Engineer, Jul 2014 - Present
  • Supported & enhanced web-based customer mangement portal.
  • Developed backend services.
  • Developed monitoring modules in Go langauage.
Success Partners, Software Developer, Aug 2012 - Jul 2014
  • Developed & designed PCI compliant Customer Manager portal using Zend Framework. Customer Service used this portal to lookup and update customer details, process certain orders, and run various reports.
  • Developed modules for Magento based websites including integration with Customer Manager portal, with a custom subscription system, and various web services.
  • Created RESTful Web Services for clients and vendors to automate various manual processes.
  • Setup and deployed Adobe Digital Publishing suite including Entitlement server, Web Viewer, Android, and iOS apps for SUCCESS Magazine.
  • Setup various softwares related to programming including PHP debuggers, and PHPUnit.
  • Research, troubleshoot, and debug various technical issues. Documented legacy code.
  • Documented and standardized various processes such as branching, TDD, and code reviews.
KEDARit, Software Architect, Jan 2010 - Aug 2012
  • Designed & developed ITIL based IT budgeting web application using PHP, MySQL, CodeIgniter, Datamapper ORM, and jQuery.
  • Designed a database in 3rd normal form for IT budgeting web application.
  • Developed financial reports using Pentaho Report Designer & SQL.
  • Customized & maintained Pentaho Business Intelligence server which is J2EE application.
  • Managed offshore team.
  • Attended several business networking events on behalf of KEDARit.
McKesson, Programmer Analyst, Jan 2008 - Sep 2009
  • Supported complex enterprises website with over $48 billion per year in revenues.
  • Worked closely with Business Analysts to assist in design, analysis, and requirement gathering. Also assisted in resolving support and application issues.
  • Provided mission critical 24x7 on call support.
  • Designed a process for customer data copy between Oracle databases during roll out of major upgrades to the website without impacting live customers.
  • Performed a complex process of new application tier environment setup for major upgrades to the website.
  • Showed leadership and mentored junior team members.
  • Took charge during production crisis issues and made critical decisions to restore services.
  • Developed JSP & J2EE code, Oracle PL/SQL procedures, and Korn shell scripts.
  • Managed changes to production environment.
The Planet, Software Engineer, Apr 2006 - Dec 2007
  • Developed a complex J2EE website which allowed users to place online orders, manage their servers & view reports.
  • Created key Business Intelligence reports using Pentaho BI and Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services that business partners used to make critical business decisions.
  • Setup and maintained Redhat RHEL4 server for Pentaho BI and Windows Server 2005 server for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
Freelance Developer, Jan 2004 - Apr 2006
  • Developed and updated websites for several small business clients using PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS, and Open Source tools such as OS Commerce.
  • Provided 24/7 support for network, software, and hardware issues.
Innerworks Computer Services, IT Staff, Jan 2003 - Jan 2004
  • Provided 24/7 support for network, software, and hardware issues.
  • Designed and updated business applications using Microsoft Access.
SUNY at Plattsburgh, Web Developer, May 2001 - Dec 2002
  • Designed and maintained Small Business Assistance Center’s website using PHP and Microsoft C#.


State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 2002


Minimalist Wordpress Theme

This is the simplest Wordpress theme for artists portfolios. I designed it for my cousin. To see a demo, check out her portfolio: Yaminay.com

Download from github: http://github.com/amer3000/Yaminay

Social Shopping: Yardale.com

Yardale.com was a simple Facebook Connected web app to let users list what they want and what they got. Then they can swap items within their social network instead of dealing with strangers.

CodeIgniter Jump Start

A quick startup environment for CodeIginter projects. It is mostly how I used to setup majority of my CodeIgniter projects.
Here is a quick overview:

  • CodeIgniter 2.1
  • Datamapper ORM 1.8.2
  • TankAuth 1.0.9
  • XTA2 for 3rd party login
  • JQuery 1.7.1
  • Gridless CSS3 framewrok http://thatcoolguy.github.com/gridless-boilerplate/
  • .htaccess mod to hide index.php file
  • minimalist layout.php view file to quickly start coding

And download from https://github.com/amer3000/CodeIgniterJumpStart


email AT amerkhalid.com