Steve Desmond

Steve Desmond


  • More than a decade of professional full-stack development in .NET, PHP, and JavaScript
  • Open source contributions/experience in C, C++, C#, Go, Java, JavaScript, PHP, and Python
  • Specializing in automated testing, continuous integration/delivery, and performance optimization

Work Experience

Lead Developer

Steve Desmond Software Development – Ithaca, NY (2016 – Present)
  • Solving clients' business needs locally and remotely with well-crafted software
  • Creating new sites, apps, and APIs; building features and fixing defects in existing applications
  • Refactoring code to improve maintainability, adding automated test coverage to ensure functionality is preserved
  • Profiling and optimizing client-side, server-side, and database performance
  • Providing training to team members on modern application architecture, development and delivery best practices
  • Configuring continuous integration environments and setting up build pipelines to enable continuous delivery

Enterprise Application Developer

Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY (2013 – 2016)
  • Led implementation of several modern development processes and practices:
    • Application containers (Docker)
    • Continuous Integration and Delivery (Go.CD)
    • Automated cloud provisioning (Azure CLI)
    • Application Performance Monitoring (New Relic)
    • Configuration management (Ansible)
    • Source control and code collaboration (GitLab)
  • Modernized student self-service site (previously updated in 2005) with a new mobile-first responsive design
  • Optimized memory utilization and improved architecture to provide up to 300x performance improvements
  • Created lightweight automated testing and JSON parsing frameworks for Oracle PL/SQL
  • Developed new features and fixed defects for public-facing and campus-community web applications
  • Maintained dozens of legacy applications, ranging widely in size and complexity
  • Added test coverage and refactored legacy code, increasing confidence and decreasing cost of continued support
  • Created RESTful web services to act as secure APIs between front-end applications and back-end systems
  • Built internal libraries and frameworks to increase efficiency and consistency across projects and applications
  • Worked directly with users and managers to develop requirements and prioritize feedback

Software Developer, System Administrator

Performance Systems Development – Ithaca, NY (2010 – 2013)
  • Created a configurable workflow engine, allowing customers to customize how jobs are processed
  • Created an extensible plugin framework, allowing customer-specific modules to be added dynamically
  • Expanded the use of the Continuous Integration environment (CruiseControl.NET) to:
    • Automate the release and deployment of applications to QA, staging, and production environments
    • Automatically apply configuration and customization to dozens of customer-specific deployments
  • Increased automated unit test code coverage of core assemblies to 100%
  • Developed desktop and web-based applications to model and track energy efficiency upgrades
  • Built visual reports to aggregate building attributes and performance results across thousands of entities
  • Profiled application and database performance, improving the speed of the application by as much as 120x
  • Employed a custom Enterprise Service Bus to handle long-running back-end processes asynchronously
  • Monitored and optimized virtual resource allocation, performed system administration duties
  • Took on many product owner and ScrumMaster responsibilities, including:
    • Facilitating iteration planning and retrospective meetings
    • Transforming customer requests and functional specifications into user stories
    • Analyzing sprint progress and reporting release date estimates to management
    • Project management tool administration

Programmer/Analyst, Investment Support

Loews Corporation – New York, NY (2007 – 2010)
  • Developed desktop and web-based applications connected to back-end trading systems
  • Deployed applications and system updates (both in-house and vendor supplied)
  • Built customized, graphical reports on the company’s investments and financial transactions
  • Created user documentation for system setup and deployment, and specialized login/security practices
  • Provided Linux expertise in an otherwise Windows-only environment
  • Technical support contact for more than 100 Investment department users and executives

Software Developer, Assistant System Administrator

Bartek Ingredients – Stoney Creek, ON (2006 – 2007)
  • Developed and deployed custom order processing, shipping and tracking, and safety compliance applications

Conference Presentations

Adventures in Enterprise: Lessons Learned Promoting DevOps in a Legacy Organization

DevOpsDays – Portland, Oregon (August 2, 2017)
  • How to introduce modern software and infrastructure ideologies into traditional IT departments
  • Focus on leading culture change, experimentation, and decoupling enterprise systems

Continuous Integration

Ithaca Web People – Rev Ithaca (August 2, 2016)
  • Overview of Continuous Integration as a human process, as well as a build tool
  • Live demo of GitHub-integrated Travis CI automation

There's An App For That: Creating Cross-Platform Native Experiences Using Open Web Standards

HighEdWeb New York – Cornell University (June 12, 2015)
  • Live examples and demos of HTML5 / JS Web APIs, showing the potential of the web as a platform
  • Using Apache Cordova to create native app packages on multiple platforms

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Ithaca College, 2003 – 2007 (graduated Cum Laude)

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science