Jen Looper

Senior Developer Advocate

Wellesley, MA

I am a Senior Developer Advocate at Progress, evangelizing Telerik products including NativeScript and Kendo UI. I thrive in the role of technical speaker and writer, mentor and manager of teams. I am looking for a role where I can contribute to a top-notch Developer Relations team.

Work Experience

  • Progress Software (Telerik division)

    Senior Developer Advocate|Aug, 2014Current

    I am a senior member of the Developer Relations team, where I advocate for NativeScript and Kendo UI mobile and web products.

    • Manage the 40-member Telerik Developer Experts program (http://developer.telerik.com/community/developer-experts), bringing it back from defunct to a fresh and vibrant community.
    • Moderate the NativeScript Community Slack Channel (http://nativescriptcommunity.slackarchive.io/) comprised of 4000+ developers, including creating periodic app contests
    • Created the NativeScript Ambassadors program - 20 Ambassadors led by 6 Developer Experts under my direction for a summer cohort to grow the NativeScript community
    • Present 3-4 Product-based webinars per year
    • Attend 10+ conferences per year, managing booth and giving talks
    • Attend and speak at local meetups in Boston and fly to others, as requested
    • Present 10+ professional talks worldwide per year
    • Member of the Progress Culture Council
    • Write regularly for Telerik Developer Network (http://developer.telerik.com/author/jlooper/) and Progress and NativeScript Blogs
    • Write regularly for the NativeScript blog (https://www.nativescript.org/blog)
    • Mentor new employees, especially women
  • World Singles

    Technical Lead: Mobile Web and Apps Development|Feb, 2012Aug, 2014

    Worked on all front end development of all affiliated World Singles sites. Created first mobile app for the company using PhoneGap (Android, iOS) with Parse.com backend and custom plugin,

    • Rewrote websites to support Responsive Web Design
    • Optimized RWD sites and wrote custom mobile app for dating sites
    • Bugfixed sites, introducing screenshot-based unit testing strategy
    • Completed regularly-scheduled maintenance and front end enhancements
  • PAID.com

    Manager, Technical Department Lead and Senior Developer|Nov, 2010Feb, 2012

    Managed all aspects of web development departmental workload for client-facing and internal websites

    • Wrote code enhancements for legacy codebase, including rewriting shopping cart from scratch
    • Wrote complex SQL queries for financial reporting
    • Introduced coding best practices to company, ensure quality control, introduce BSA and PM standards
    • Worked with in-house and remote teams of developers, including offshore contractors
    • Wrote API enhancements to provide hooks into internal corporate systems
    • Managed upgrades of systems, including full migration from SQL 2000 to 2008 database
    • Managed integration of SalesForce.com CRM, including architecting database views for consumption by SalesForce
  • Sun Life Financial

    Senior Applications Developer/Analyst and Technical Team Lead|Apr, 2006Nov, 2010

    Front end development team lead and individual contributor

    • Led team of onsite and offshore developers in Flex development for extremely large, modular, web-based insurance application, largest ever undertaken by company
    • Architected core module for this project (Underwriting) using Flex and Cairngorm with java communicating with backend
    • Earned Star award (corporate recognition) for team lead skills; my Irish team also earned awards for our core contribution to the project
    • Produced estimates for work, project plans, code reviews, prototyping, proofs of concept, wireframes, and usability analyses of front end work as needed, and contribute to team’s codebase
    • Acted as liaison between business and developers to produce usable web apps following standard Usability protocol
    • Successfully introduced use of Mach II framework to support Cold Fusion development
  • Achievement Technologies, Inc

    Web Developer|Apr, 2006Aug, 2003

    Developed, managed, and maintained frontend, middleware, and backend for achievementtech.com

    • Redesigned marketing web site using standards-compliant css
    • Incorporated marketing web site into Content Management System, involving extensive use of .cfcs and custom code rewriting for several hundred pages’ content
    • Built company intranet
    • Rewrote Sales Reporting Tool, upgrading legacy systems for company intranet used by SalesForce from Oracle 8 to 9i and ColdFusion 4.5 to MX 6.1
    • Recommended software purchases and performed installation of software for company systems
    • Maintained systems and wrote documentation for company web products
  • JFL Media

    JFL Media|Aug, 2003Aug, 2001

    Created all front end, middleware and backend content for the web sites, including all graphics and Flash movies with ActionScript linking front end to backend database

    • Developed and manage intranet and Content Management System
    • Managed interns and outsourced content creation
    • Created, managed and maintained all aspects of e-commerce web site, including customer care, testing and debugging
    • Managed interns and outsourced content creation
    • Created, managed and maintained all aspects of e-commerce web site, including customer care, testing and debugging
    • QA tested all online content
  • ClosingCounsel.com

    Web Designer and Content Coordinator|Aug, 2001Aug, 2000

    Designed entirely new web presence for ClosingCounsel.com, working with marketing team

    • Created new content and GUI for the company's site and clients' sites
    • Troubleshoot front end applications
    • Performed complex graphic design tasks
    • QA tested frontend and backend of sites regularly

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley

    MA and Ph.D - French|Sep, 1992May, 1998

  • Wellesley College

    BA - French Studies / Medieval and Renaissance Studies|Sep, 1988Jun, 1992

Projects

  • Ladeez First Media mobile app portfolio

    Developer

    I have several mobile apps in the marketplace for Android and iOS, reflecting my interest in educational and fitness apps.

  • ThingLearn

    Developer

    ThingLearn is a community and a curriculum. With projects hosted on Hackster.io, the goal of ThingLearn is to engage young learners in the code and science behind the magic of the Internet of Things. Make an LED light up, and learn exactly why it's behaving as it is.

  • Practice Buddy

    Developer

    My most popular and oldest mobile app is Practice Buddy, helping music students and teachers practice their musical instruments. I am working on a total rewrite and upgrade, based on teacher feedback, of this app using Angular 2 and NativeScript with Firebase on the back end.

Skills

    • Leadership
    • JavaScript, including NativeScript with TypeScript and Angular 2
    • Mobile Apps development
    • IoT, hardware hacking
    • Back end databases
    • Community building