Aaron Ganschow


Aaron Ganschow

A full stack PHP web developer with a penchant for problem solving and an eye for UI

Technology and user experience are something that must now go hand in hand. Long gone are the days where a developer can simply mock up an administration panel with 5,000 checkboxes and radio buttons. Information must be presented cleanly and allow for users of all experience levels

I have spent nearly half my life attempting to perfect the web development paradigm. It will never be complete and I will always want to learn more.

I am currently located in the Gold Coast, QLD area with no plans to relocate. I have vast experience in custom Drupal theme and module development as well as many enterprise implementations of MVC frameworks like Zend and Symfony.



Skill Years Description
PHP 15 I began developing with PHP in 1999 and have been using it as my primary back end language ever since.
MVC Frameworks 6 Began with CakePHP in 2006 and quickly moved into deep Zend and Symfony MVC Development.
CMS Development 7 I've deep experience with developing for multiple CMSs. Over 7 years of experience with Drupal module development and theming.
MySQL 10 Deep querying and structure knowledge. I also have experience using PostgreSql, MSSQL, and Oracle including PL/SQL, TSQL, Stored Procedures and Triggers.
HTML 15 I've been using HTML as my display language for 15 years now and HTML5 since 2012.
CSS 12 In 2002 I began exclusively using CSS for styling HTML. I have implemented large responsive sites with CSS3 and media queries.
Javascript 9 Worked in very early Javascript and am adapet at EMCAScript implementations.
jQuery 6 I feel jQuery is the natural evolution of Javascript which eliminates many platform inconsistencies.
Web Services 6 Experience in both creating and digesting web services. Familiar with SOAP and REST methodologies.
Source Control 7 Primary experience with git including repository management. Have also worked with cvs and svn.

Work Experience

Senior Software Engineer / Julep / Seattle, WA / November 2014 – March 2015

Primary Skills: PHP, Magento, Symfony Components, MySQL, HTML, CSS, SaSS, Java, Selenium, git
  • Created and extended Selenium suite for multi-browser automated testing with Saucelabs
  • Planned and documented new projects for the Web Team
  • Upgraded sitewide integration of Facebook from v1 to v2.3
  • Built custom Magento plugins for extending marketing requirements

Contracted Senior Software Engineer / Garrigan Lyman Group / Seattle, WA / April 2014 – October 2014

Primary Skills: PHP, Drupal, Doctrine, Symfony Components, MySQL, HTML, CSS, SaSS, SVN
  • Created ground-up conversion of toyotires.com site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7
  • Acted as primary technical contact for any Drupal needs
  • Envisioned and implemented a database controlled ruleset and dynamic variables for matching tires to a vehicle database that could be manipulated in the future
  • Designed a universal Vagrant box to host local PHP development for all developers
  • Estimated timelines and suggested alternative time saving development solutions

Senior Technical Lead / Smashing Ideas / Seattle, WA / June 2013 – March 2014

Primary Skills: PHP, Drupal, MySQL, CSS, Technical Writing, Training, Team Management
  • Managed team of developers and QA and acted as technical reference for the team
  • Communicated technical issues with Sony Pictures Television staff members in Los Angeles
  • Revised new feature process for documentation and tracking utilizing Functional Specs, Technical Requirements, and refined JIRA workflow
  • Developed new features, repaired bugs and determined next steps and estimates for a platform with hundreds of media rich sites from a single Drupal 7 codebase

Senior Software Engineer / Thunderbird School of Global Management / Glendale, AZ / August 2012 – June 2013

Primary Skills: PHP, Drupal, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Technical Writing, Training
  • Wrote detailed content management documentation for multiple stakeholder groups
  • Trained beginning to advanced users on managing a highly permissioned multi-site Drupal 7 instance with workflow for all content
  • Defined project requirements for development of modules and site functionality
  • Created project plans for additional features and sites in conjunction with multiple departments

Contracted Senior Software Engineer / Rhino Internet Solutions / Phoenix, AZ / March 2012 – May 2012

Primary Skills: PHP, Drupal, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Technical Writing, Web Services
  • Designed web services using JSON and Drupal for mobile application integration
  • Documented bottom up Technical Specifications for fully integrated mobile site for m.trivita.com
  • Created UI/UX wireframes with the creative departmen

Senior Technical Consultant / Kineo Inc. / Phoenix, AZ / August 2011 – March 2012

Primary Skills: PHP, moodle, totara, PostgreSQL, Git, trac
  • Released the largest open source implementation of a learning management system with over 160,000 users
  • Managed team of eight developers worldwide while acting as Release Manager numerous large work packages for git integration
  • Produced an automated nightly sync to import full PeopleSoft data into the totara system that completes in less than 20 minutes versus 4 days for the original contributed module

Software Engineer / Myriad Interactive / Phoenix, AZ / November 2008 – August 2011

Primary Skills: PHP, Zend, Drupal, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, SVN
  • Implemented complex dynamic Drupal sites for ASU and others (asugammage.com, nacts.asu.edu, herbergeracademy.asu.edu, livewellcolorado.com, library.arizona.edu)
  • Developed many large corporate sites using Zend (swlaw.com, onlinece.speareducation.com, outreach.colorado.edu, eatwellbewell.org, maracayhomes.com)
  • Integrated OpenCart, Magento, and Wordpress into many existing sites.

Software Engineer / isocurve inc. / New York, NY / October 2006 – March 2008

Primary Skills: PHP, Perl, CakePHP, Drupal, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, SVN
  • Utilized CakePHP framework to develop an internal project management system and miscellaneous small site applications
  • Managed multiple shared hosting accounts including e-mails, configurations, and databases
  • Designed data schemas for small to large projects including a data solution for GE Real Estate multi-national website.

Contracted Engineer / Multiple / Multiple / June 1998 – August 2011

Primary Skills: PHP, Symfony, Zend, Drupal, WordPress, Perl, HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, MySQL


Northern Arizona University - B.A. English

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