Barbara Shaurette

LocationAustin, Texas

What I'm interested in:

A position that incorporates application development, database development, and scripting in a Python-focused environment. I'm looking for the opportunity to do work that makes the world better in some measurable way.

What I'm best at:

  • Python/Django
  • Databases: PostgreSQL, MySQL, some experience with CouchDB and MongoDB
  • Linux/Unix, OS X
  • Version control: git, svn, mercurial
  • Writing documentation, including requirements and specifications
  • Analysis and troubleshooting
  • Learning new languages and tools

Why I'm good at it:

Active side projects: (Python/Django)

Github projects and code samples:

Conferences and Training:
DjangoCon 2008-2015
PyCon 2009-2015
Mentor - PDX Python Workshop for Women
Teacher - Austin 'Intro to Python' workshops
Teacher - 'Young Coders' tutorials (PyCon 2013-present)
DjangoGirls Austin - organizer and coach (2015)

Conference Talks:
DjangoCon 2015 - Coming Back From Burnout
PyCon 2014 - The Young Coder: Let's Learn Python

Python Software Foundation (April 2013 to Present)
Computer Science Teachers Association (September 2012 to Present)
Industry advocate, helping to mentor students and develop primary/high school CS curriculum
PyLadies (September 2012 to Present)
Organizer/Founder, Austin chapter
DjangoGirls (2015 to Present)
Organizer/Coach, Austin

Employment History

Dates Company Description
5/2013 - present Cox Media Group Software Engineer: Maintain and develop new features for comprehensive Python/Django codebase that supports over 100 news/tv/radio properties with content management, data management features, and front-end features; maintain and develop API and search indexing software; build and support data retrieval solutions
10/2012 - 04/2013 Texas Tribune Software Engineer: Python/Django and PostgreSQL/MySQL work on data applications that illustrate the workings of such institutions as the Texas state legislature and prison system for
11/2008 - 09/2012 Live Nation Merchandise Senior Software Engineer: PHP, Python, Django and MySQL work on high-profile, high-traffic sites for artists such as U2, KISS, and Madonna (including CMS, media processing, reporting tools); API development; database design and management; dev/ops (release management, internal environment administration)
11/2007 - 11/2008 Tippit, Inc. Senior Software Engineer: Development work on ETL, internal CRM and business intelligence tools, and restructuring of the data warehouse - this work involved Python, Django, PHP, mySQL and other related technologies
07/2007 - 11/2007 Live Nation Merchandise Senior Software Engineer: Rewrite of the ecommerce site (in XCode/WebObjects), and development/maintenance of artist web sites - this work involved PHP, MySQL, and a significant amount of shell scripting
03/2007 - 06/2007 Live Nation Entertainment Senior Applications Developer: Development and support on the event search site, Zend Framework upgrade for internationalization and cacheing - this work involved PHP and MySQL, XML/XSLT, and some C++
03/2004 - 03/2007 Adteractive, Inc.

Senior Applications Developer: Platform engineering/data warehousing, ETL, development on our PHP framework, APIs for Java validation service, coordinating the release of new PHP applications

Team Lead/Application Development: Managed developer teams through build/launch/maintenance cycles

Application Developer: Writing data models to evaluate and transfer transaction data - most of this work was in Perl and MySQL

07/2003 - 03/2004 Self-employed General web development work, contract web design/development for local clients, primarily using HTML, JavaScript and CSS
07/1999 - 07/2003 Vivendi/Universal Inc.

Game Producer/Developer: Writing original game engines for online casual and casino games, primarily in Flash/ActionScript, with some Java work. Developed and supported a network of gaming web sites.

Web Developer: Development and support of Berkeley Systems and Sierra Online gaming sites. Most of this was front-end work - HTML/CSS and JavaScript (with some ColdFusion).

References and Recommendations

References are available upon request. A number of professional recommendations can also be found on my LinkedIn profile:

Last updated: September 21, 2015