Scott Taylor - smtlaissezfaire
General About Me:
- I've been a software developer most of my professional life.
- I also enjoy:
- learning new languages
- philosophy (I went to St. John's College)
- stock trading
- investing in real estate
- personal development
- I also really like lists, if you can't tell
- Yr 1: Started working for free at a little startup that went bust. Got plenty of experience.
- Yr 2-5: Worked at East Media - a small consulting shop that was one of the first in the NYC ruby scene. Lots of interesting client projects here:
- the webbyawards (2yrs in a row)
- fashion mobile startups (2x)
- most notably built v1 of ideeli's iPhone app (company raised ~ $100m and later sold to Groupon)
- kgb.com (superbowl ad!)
- Yr 5: Also started a mobile mockup site Upstage App - which got featured in readwriteweb
- Yr 6: Joined Erly - a small team formed by ex Hulu, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google employees.
- Yr 6: Erly was acquired by Airtime. Ran the computer vision section there, making sure airtime didn't degrade into the worst parts chatroulette.
- Yr 7-11: First employee @ LearnUp, backed by many of the best names in the valley, to solve unemployment + education issues in the US. We didn't get quite as far as we wanted to, but did have a modest amount of success and later sold to Manpower Group.
- Yr 12+: Investing and consulting on the side.
- Cut teeth on Ruby by contributing to many open source projects, especially early versions of rspec (see this).
- Created one of the first fixture replacement libraries (cleverly named "FixtureReplacement") - a library which "FactoryGirl" was largely based on.
- Created a pure SQL based parser in treetop. It was very, very, slow, though.
- Created first node debugger "ndb". ChromeTools recently took over the name "ndb":
"Thanks to the 'OG' ndb
In early 2011, @smtlaissezfaire released the first serious debugger for Node.js, under the ndb package name. It's still preserved at github.com/smtlaissezfaire/ndb. We thank Scott for generously donating the package name."
Also got some praise from ryan dahl (the node.js creator), but message seems to be lost in the twitter-verse :)
- Contributed to several open source projects: rails, fakefs, and over a hundred more.
- Maintainer of MongoMapper, one of the main mongo libraries for Ruby
- Plus lots of mongomapper plugins:
- fixturize - a quick way to speed up tests by fixturizing setup blocks
Originally taken from https://onepagelove.com/jaroslaw-morawski. I've never been much of a designer, so thank you!