About

Download a PDF of my CV / Resume. You can reach me at phil@pghale.com.

Phil Hale is a BSc Computing Science graduate and web developer. He's been writing Ruby since 2009, working on everything from rapid prototypes to large, high-traffic web applications.

Experience

PG Hale Ltd.
  • PG Hale Ltd
  • Role: Director
  • When: April 2014 - Present

Ruby on Rails web development, combining Ruby's flexibility with solid object-oriented design principles. Doing whatever it takes to ship early and often.

On shelf: Confident Ruby, POODR, Code Complete.


City of Honolulu
  • Honolulu Answers
  • Role: Lead developer
  • Employer: City of Honolulu
  • When: January 2013 - January 2014

Continued development and maintenance of Honolulu Answers. Responsible for prioritizing feature requests and bugfixes. Required strong technical and project management skills. Led the technical handover from Code for America to the City of Honolulu.

IXDA Interaction Awards
      2013 Winner of the 2013 IXDA user-interaction award for facilitating communication between people and communities.

For up-to-date information on the project, check the development board on Trello or the project page on GitHub.


FreeAgent
  • FreeAgent
  • Role: Engineering intern
  • Employer: FreeAgent
  • When: June 2013 - September 2013

Shipped several features including integration with Stripe for payment processing and the initial work on new project management features.

The development process was rigurous, and included different levels of testing, QA and peer-review of submitted code.

For more information see this post.


Code for America
  • OpenCounter
  • Role: Developer
  • Employer: Code for America
  • When: October 2012 - January 2013

Launched the prototype of Open Counter, which guides new business owners through the paperwork and regulations required to set up shop in Santa Cruz.

Worked with city staff and other developers to map complicated planning codes and regulations into easy-to-use, intelligent forms.

Knight Foundation Knight News
      Challenge Winner of the Knight Foundation Knight News Challenge: "How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact?"

The site and its source is available at: https://github.com/codeforamerica/opencounter


Google Summer of Code 2012
  • Google Summer of Code
  • Role: Developer at Code for America
  • Employer: Google Summer of Code
  • When: June 2012 - September 2012

Worked with designers, UX specialists and other engineers to launch Honolulu Answers. Major contributions included a unique NLP-based searching library for enhanced full-text search.

Attended the 2012 Code for America Summit in San Fransisco, CA.

The site and its source is available at: https://github.com/Honolulu/honolulu_answers

Education

Udacity
  • Udacity
  • Data Analyst Nanodegree Program
  • In-Progress

Data extraction, analysis and visualization.

"Learn to clean up messy data, uncover patterns and insights, make predictions using machine learning, and clearly communicate your findings."

Completed projects:


University of Aberdeen
  • Univerity of Aberdeen
  • Computing Science BSc
  • September 2009 - September 2014

Taken a wide range of courses covering everything from human-computer interaction to the fundamentals of computation. Additionally, I spent a year studying humanities courses on the English Literature BA programme.


Wells Cathedral School
  • Wells Cathedral School
  • A-levels: English B, Maths B, German C
  • GCSEs: 6 A/A*

Member of the prefect / special manager team responsible for organising 6th-form activities. Selected to represent the school in the national Lessons from Auschwitz project.

* Nanodegree Program is a trademark of Udacity © 2011-2015 Udacity, Inc.

Thanks for looking!

I'm a full stack Ruby and JavaScript developer working to improve interaction with local government.