#about me

Marian Zburlea

Front-End Developer

I translate geek into English and I’m a problem solver driven by challenge. Work is my passion and I focus on innovation and design for the future.

Achievement

I've built a custom SEO CMS that boosted search results position in Google's first places for tens of clients and their websites without any additional effort and minimum or no training.

#awards

Best 30s elevator speed speech

I’ve won the 1st place twice and 2nd place once.

Google Campus – London

2014

Best web site for president elections

I've won the best built website for the second runner in the presidential election campaign.

Constanta / Romania

2001

#my skills

front end

  • Angular 2
  • React
  • Redux
  • TypeScript
  • HTML 4/5
  • CSS 2/3
  • SMACSS
  • OOCSS
  • Foundation
  • Bootstrap
  • ES6 / ES7
  • JavaScript
  • SEO
  • Jade
  • Polymer
  • jQuery
  • Angular.js
  • Gulp
  • Grunt
  • Bower
  • Yeoman
  • Ember
  • Selenium
  • Protractor
  • Facebook API
  • Twitter API
  • Github API
  • Google API
  • Sass
  • Compass
  • Bourbon
  • Neat
  • Less
  • Stylus
  • FramerJS
  • GreenSock
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • WAI

back end

  • Firebase
  • Git
  • AWS
  • S3
  • CloudFront
  • JSON
  • REST
  • NodeJS
  • Yii
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Linux
  • Apache
  • Nginx
  • AB
  • ActionScript
  • XML
  • Flash
  • Solr
  • Solarium
  • ElasticSearch
  • Redis
  • Magento
  • Drupal
  • Bash
  • TDD/BDD
  • Twig
  • Jira
  • Rally
  • Agile
  • Vagrant
  • Puppet
  • Virtual Machines

other

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • DOS/CLI
  • Android
  • Mac
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
#experience
2016 Sep - present
RMA Consulting (banking sector)
Restructure and rebuild the front end solution migrating from Ember to AngularJS and AngularJS 2 feature based. Other technologies used: sass, gulp, node, npm, typescript etc.
  • Restructure Working with clients and UX designers to deliver working software to business
  • Design and implement React/Redux and Dojo applications
  • Champion new technologies and techniques
  • Provide support and mentoring for the teams members
  • Technical exploration: Prototyping and Spiking activities
  • Delivering working software in agile teams
  • Technology evaluation, estimation and technical documentation
  • Solution architecture and implementation
2015 Oct – 2016 Sep
Argus Software
Restructure and rebuild the front end solution migrating from Ember to AngularJS and AngularJS 2 feature based. Other technologies used: sass, gulp, node, npm, typescript etc.
  • Restructure and rebuild the front-end solution migrating from Ember to AngularJS and Angular2 feature based. Other technologies used: sass, gulp, node, npm, typescript etc.
  • Provide training and support for team members within front-end technologies
  • Do pair programming to ensure a good understanding of new technologies and techniques
  • Attend code reviews and provide knowledge and support for creating a better code base
  • Research and promote cutting edge technologies and design patterns like Angular 2, TypeScript, Redux, Reactive Programming, ES6, build and deploy tools etc
  • Create a positive atmosphere and a touch of amusement occasionally to bring members closer together
2015 Jan – present
BitBee Ltd
Research and develop with Front End technologies like React, Angular
  • Build an online course platform for students and teachers
  • Build project starter for rapid project prototyping using Pug and Sass to deliver pure CSS & HTML projects
  • Build projects that are quicker and faster to load and render than all of the other tested website (according to pingdom tools)
  • Build projects that score 100/100 on Google page speed on both mobile and desktop
  • Build "my resume" and "quick blog" for beginners
  • Build a pure CSS & HTML game with lots of animations, score and user interaction
  • Train apprentices into Junior web develoeprs
2014 Oct – 2015 Oct
Direct Line Group
Restructure and rebuild using Angular 1.4
  • My main responsibility was to build the mobile, tablet and desktop interface for a new insurance product. On a daily basis I’ve been using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (vanilla or AngularJS) to skin the interface. In this process I’ve played an important role among the front-end developers leading and helping them deliver their tasks. I’ve also been in close touch with the designers, stakeholders and managers to ensure good communication and solution adoption.
  • Champion the agile process followed within the UI Dev Team. Ensure that our processes are understood by others
  • Advise and propose best practice into design process, when required, to help achieve a more robust UI
  • Develop web pages from approved designs and content requirements using technologies including HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Work with and manage code repositories
  • Complete all allocated tasks as prioritized and without incident or issue, in line with agreed time scales
  • Perform and complete cross browser compliance testing and accessibility testing
  • Provide relevant support to CIO development teams and teams within Digital Services
  • Support and mentor fellow team members
  • Research new technologies and their potential uses on the Direct Line Group websites
  • Provide proof of concepts and advise the business of the relevant benefits of investing in these technologies
  • Take ownership of own personal development and career progression
2013 Apr – 2014 Oct
Chemist Direct UK
Redesign and rebuild the #1 online chemical selling website in UK using Yii1 & Angular 1
  • Attended meetings with CTO, CEO, Head of Product, managers and others as solution adviser and problem solver
  • Liaise and consult with offshore team and partners
  • Attended personnel interviews
  • Set up development and testing servers
  • Plan and set up multiple Yii app infrastructure
  • Set up Git for version control system and offer guidance
  • Develop and extend the RESTFul interface of Magento
  • Customize and extend the admin panel of Magento
  • Create mass import/export applications to and from Magento
  • Implemented CDN and automated the process for images
  • Trained staff to use CDN for other assets
  • Develop Yii console commands that talk via REST with other Yii apps, Magento or external services
  • Implement RabbitMQ to replace some of the existing cron jobs
  • Implement Solr/Solarium for faceting and product retrieval
  • Implement Redis for better cache management
  • Implement and training for Twig template system
  • Identify problems and tune up back and front end
  • Identify, fix and improve SEO
  • Fix and improve UX and responsive design issues
  • QC and training of staff
  • Developed risk free solutions
2011 Sep – 2013 Apr
Content Formula
A full stack Senior Web Developer with a focus in Yii PHP Framework, Drupal 6 & 7, mobile web applications etc. I’m involved in all stages of project lifecycles, specifically a key member of the creative process, project development plans, building and testing. I’ve had the opportunity to work in the areas like HTML5 Mobile Web applications, High traffic Drupal Sites, Learning tools built with Yii PHP framework, parallax websites, Flash ActionScript 2&3 web & mobile apps, email campaigns etc. I am also responsible of QC of other developer’s code and enforcing best practices and technologies.
  • supervise and run database migrations
  • create and maintain shell scripts for automatization
  • implement caching using Memcache, Redis, Varnish
  • implement NoSQL databases like Solr
  • build and maintain server setups
  • create custom reporting apps
  • build and maintain Drupal 5, 6, 7 websites
  • extend or create Drupal modules and themes
  • create or extend custom JavaScript features like: media sliders, drag & drop, alerts, modals, menus etc.
  • assured compatibility or best case scenario of web sites running on IE6+ and modern ones like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Mobile
  • assured W3C compatibility
  • build and test newsletters
  • converted PSD to HTML/CSS according to best practices
  • provide phone support or face to face for clients
  • managed and improved the search engine optimization
  • managed solutions to improve load and render time
2006 – 2011
ZeusMedia
A full stack Senior Web Developer with a focus in Yii PHP Framework, Drupal 6 & 7, mobile web applications etc. I’m involved in all stages of project lifecycles, specifically a key member of the creative process, project development plans, building and testing. I’ve had the opportunity to work in the areas like HTML5 Mobile Web applications, High traffic Drupal Sites, Learning tools built with Yii PHP framework, parallax websites, Flash ActionScript 2&3 web & mobile apps, email campaigns etc. I am also responsible of QC of other developer’s code and enforcing best practices and technologies.
  • build custom CMS solutions from scratch on top of own PHP framework
  • convert PSD to CSS/HTML according to best practices
  • build and manage search engine optimization
  • manage to get over 50 web sites in Google first page
  • manage to get over 20 web sites in Google first results
  • build custom UI and Widgets (mass uploaders, custom sortable and selectable grids, image processors, scrollbars, accordions and more) using Adobe Flash and ActionScript, Adobe Air
  • build custom apps (Desktop and Web)
  • build web spiders and scrappers
  • design and develop project structure
  • document project requirements
  • provided training for software use
  • liaise with clients
  • web consulting
  • create and maintain shell scripts for automatization
  • assured compatibility or best case scenario of web sites running on IE6+ and modern ones like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Mobile
  • assured W3C compatibility
  • managed solutions to improve load and render time
  • design user interface and other custom designs using Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel, Fireworks
2002 – 2006
Contractor
Design, develop and sell websites using PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS and Macromedia Flash
    1998 – 2002
    Romaris
    • develop, design and manage over 50 web sites
    • provide training for personnel
    • build and maintain network & hardware & software
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