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Professional Objectives

  • Define processes and implement strategies for web projects
  • Leverage network psychology and new technologies for improved human interaction
  • Build cool projects with cool people
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Employment History

Show More Detail   Contract Web Developer : July 2012-Present

Building web projects using PHP, MySQL, Javascript, jQuery, CSS and HTML5.

New Site Launch: Criminal Defense Strike Force May 2, 2013
I'm responsible for everything ... wireframe, design, graphics, photos, coding and SEO. I also host the site on an Ubuntu instance in the Amazon Cloud, including the WordPress blog. As with all of my independent work over the past couple of years, this project was hammered out, staged then deployed in a CVS environment. Eclipse has been working well, for me.

Previous Site Launch: American Gun Works December 18, 2012
As with Criminal Defense Strike Force, I was responsible for everything. In addition to everything, I designed, built and optimized the MySQL database, and I built the back end CMS for the client. This one's still hosted on my dedicated Fedora servers.
Show More Detail   The Welch Group : March 2012-July 2012
Show More Detail   PHP / HTML5 Developer

As a contractor with Robert Half Technology in Los Angeles, I built early iterations of The Welch Group's proprietary video product using PHP, MySQL, Javascript, JSON, CSS, HTML5. Built a custom shopping cart integrated with Authorize.net's CIM framework.
Show More Detail   The Criminal Defense Group : 2001-May 2012
Show More Detail   Web Developer, Web Marketing Director, Application Developer, IT Director

a.k.a. The Chase Law Group, United Defense Group

Managed a single-office network of 25 Windows workstations, 2 dedicated Red Hat Linux servers, and provide remote technical support to several hundred attorneys nationwide.

Developed proprietary marketing tools to assist in the deployment, management and reporting of extremely broad online advertising campaigns with a monthly spend of over $60,000 and monthly Internet revenues of over $400,000. These are low volume web properties, with traffic averages around 6,000 unique visitors per day.

Designed and programmed several web-based applications to assist resident attorneys in their management and reporting duties.

View some examples of these websites and applications here.

Applications built with: Linux, Apache, HTML, HTML5, Javascript, CSS, PHP, XML, MySQL.

They are integrated with various Microsoft products such as Access and Excel in the office. The office Windows systems utilize various VBScript macros and MS-DOS shell scripting which I authored.

These applications enable the firm's attorneys to communicate, schedule, track, evaluate, and manage their cases, nationwide.
Show More Detail   Internet Society - Los Angeles Chapter : 1998-2010
Show More Detail   Board of Directors Chairman, Chapter Trustee and Education Committee Chair

Founding Member of this well-respected Chapter of the international organization.

The Chapter was dedicated to promoting general Internet knowledge, working to develop Educational applications for the Internet, and participating in the creation and standardization of protocols for Internet activities through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a branch of the Internet Society (ISOC). The Chapter was officially the largest ISOC Chapter, with over 400 members state-wide at the time I left office.
Show More Detail   Contract Web Developer : 1990-2001

Projects include crunching HTML for the initial rollout of the CitySearch website and building a Shockwave game for the Paramount Pictures/Howard Stern movie site, among others.

Clients include OverTheNet, Zentropy Interactive, NextStep Media, ZigZag, Platt College, Glendale Career College, Dori Howard Enterprises, MyPhotoDiet.com and many others.
Show More Detail   XactImage : 1999-2000
Show More Detail   Application Developer

Working with this Los Angeles-based web production company.

Among other activities, I developed the programming for a 'proof of concept' for Fairchild Corporation, a major aerospace parts manufacturer.

The proof of concept demonstrated how their web presence could integrate with their in-house inventory chain to enable vendors and suppliers to interact directly with Fairchild's product management system. By re-purposing existing forms for use on the web, my solution maintained a low learning curve, making for a quick rollout and potentially reducing errors and improving the efficiency of their product delivery stream.

Acted as company liaison during a major transition in product offerings for our telco management clients from service affiliate AT&T.
Show More Detail   Novomind (formerly 'eBrain') : 1998-2000
Show More Detail   English Artificial Intelligence Developer

Working with this German company during development of their proprietary C++/Java engine, I cleaned up and augmented the translated 'brain' for their 'Virtual Agent' web-product. This involved adjusting the translated output and creating patterns and rules for the interaction between the Agent and the site visitor. (See Novomind.com for a demonstration of the current implementation.)

On a side note ... I never met my employers on this project; all communication took place in cyberspace or via the occasional transatlantic telephone call.
Show More Detail   Instructor, Internet Programming : 1996-1999
Show More Detail   Glendale Career College, Glendale, California

Taught a popular course in Web Design, Client-side programming (HTML, Javascript, CSS) and digital graphics production
Show More Detail   Game Programming : 1992-1994
Show More Detail   Cyberboy Studios, Marina Del Rey, California

Three-man development team wrote and produced award-winning CD-ROM games
Show More Detail   PrePress Production : 1979-1992

College Press, Burbank, California
Audio Amateur Publications, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Precisionforms, Inc., Jaffrey, New Hampshire
80 Microcomputing Magazine, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Kilobaud Microcomputing Magazine, Peterborough, New Hampshire

Notable Honors

Show More Detail   President's Y2K Internet Task Force : 1999-2000

As the member of U.S. President Bill Clinton's Y2K Internet Task Force representing the Los Angeles, California region, in conjunction with the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, the USDoJ's Critical Infrastructure Protection Group and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I participated in a global system monitoring and network troubleshooting effort during the transition from the year 1999 to the year 2000.

You may recall that there was some concern that computers all over the world would have problems with the new century dates, and our task was to find and fix any such problems with the computers that power the Internet as they occurred.

Fortunately, the computers of that time rolled over quietly.
Show More Detail   Certified by the State of California : 1996-2000
to teach Multimedia Production to all age groups.


Show More Detail   APC - Data Center University : July 2011
Completed Course of Study in Data Center Design, Build and Operations
Show More Detail   Platt College, Eagle Rock, California : September 1995
Graduate with Diploma in Computer Graphics and Design

Due to my experience with building web properties, I met several times with faculty members during my enrollment at the college to introduce them to HTML structure and code, and to help develop their syllabus as they crafted the school's first web programming course.

Development Environments and Tools

Show More Detail   Production Environments
Linux, Unix, Windows95/98/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/Windows7, Macintosh 7-OSX
Show More Detail   Networking Environments
Servers: Linux, Unix, Windows NT 3.5-XP
Workstations: Linux, Windows95-Windows7; Macintosh 7-OSX
Secure Wireless
Show More Detail   Miscellaneous Platform Experience
Oracle 8i, Novell 3-4, MS-DOS 3-7, BeOS, Palm, WindowsCE,
BlackBerry, iOS (iPad, iPhone, etc.), webOS (Palm), Android
Show More Detail   Web Server Software
Responsible for deploying, securing and maintaining: Windows NT Server, Windows Server 2000-2008, Red Hat Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Slackware Linux, FreeBSD Unix, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL Database Server, Sendmail Mail Server, Postfix Mail Server, Secure Sockets Layer, SELinux Security Layer, Bastille Security Framework, Sentry Tools
Show More Detail   Production Software

I keep my skills very fresh with constant experimentation and by tweaking and rewriting existing applications to take advantage of new tech developments.

All webpage programming is developed using either a simple text editor or an IDE, like Eclipse with the CVS plug-in. Other project-oriented software includes NetObjects Fusion 1-3, MS FrontPage 97-3, MS Project98, Dreamweaver and other web authoring programs.

In addition, at the request of my clients, I have developed several websites using various Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. These include customized base applications, custom plug-ins/add-ons/modules, and expansions of existing community work.

Web programming languages include Advanced PHP, PERL, WAP, XML, RSS, Advanced Javascript, HTML, CSS and to a lesser extent JSON, the jQuery framework, ColdFusion, Java, VBScript and others.

Database software includes MySQL, MS-SQL, a little Oracle 8i, some PostgreSQL, various Berkley implementations and Microsoft Access and Excel.

Materials production software includes Macromedia Director 3-8 and all versions of Flash (even back when it was being developed by FutureSplash!), the GIMP, Inkscape and other FOSS tools, and Adobe products including Photoshop 2-6, Illustrator 3-8, Acrobat 2-5, PageMaker 3-7, and Premiere 3-7 with After Effects 3. Audio development and manipulation has been done with various audio programs including Sound Forge 2-6, Audacity and Cakewalk 7.

3-D Virtual Reality production has been accomplished with software from Lightwave, Virtus, Caligari, and most recently with SGI/CosmoSoftware's outstanding CosmoWorlds. During Game Production, our team used Kinetix 3D Studio with custom Photoshop scripts and masking effects and the DOS-based Game Creation System (GCS).

Regular production networking activities utilize various conferencing, shared environment, CVS, telnet, FTP, system status, remote control, and high-level browsing software. Extensive shell scripting. Frequently involved in beta-testing and professional developer programs for major manufacturers.

As the IT Director for a large law firm, I have had to troubleshoot and modify all kinds of workstations and servers, both local and remote. I regularly train and assist employees of the firm in the operation of their systems both in the primary office and remotely with employees all around America, and I frequently perform computer forensics tasks to aid in the development of legal defense positions. During these activities, I work intimately with all of the major operating systems, several brands of personal and handheld devices and all of their attendant communications protocols ... along with a very wide variety of personalities.

james at jamesbutler.net

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I have well-rounded experience with computing and with web programming,
in particular.

I am most interested in finding a company to which I can devote myself. I enjoy feeling passionately protective of my company's best interests, and working hard to ensure its continuing success.

I like working with information; presenting it in useful ways and making it easy for people to interact with.

As a member of your team, I will excel beyond typical efforts.

It is my desire to do the very best job possible for you, in the manner which best suits your needs.

PHP MySQL LAMP Web Developer James Butler Thank you for your consideration.
I look forward to speaking with you.