Alexander Jacks
JavaScript Dev and AWS Certified IaaS specialist
Deep experience in web architectures with a TS DoD networking background. Psych degree, AWS cert, open source & DAO enthusiast.
#javascript#aws#cascadia#futurism#ethereum#8bit
Technical Expertise
I can build websites and PWAs (progressive web apps) using some of these technologies, in no particular order-- AWS (Amplify, Lambdas, Cloudfront), Azure Functions, nodeJS, JSX, Markdown, ReactJS, VueJS, CSS3, HTML5, PHP, Sketch, Photoshop, SSGs, CI/CD, Gatsby, WordPress, Shopify, Gridsome, Docusaurus. Lose time when I work with colors and gradients; enjoy both copywriting and infrastructure debugging. Discovered Ethereum in 2017 and after it helped pay for my honeymoon I haven't felt the same about digital records nor currencies ever since. Began hacking PC games in the 1990s, still emulating ancient hardware for fun.
Engineering & Technical Skills
Node.js HTML CSS JavaScript Python React/Gatsby AWS DNS
Career Milestones
2020
πŸ“±πŸ“ΊπŸ“ˆ Jacks Media LLC
Founded media company to explore passive income via Google Ads running on static sites hosted in AWS S3 and Netlify. Generated content from bespoke web scraping software (Python & Markdown).
2019
πŸ”– internship + certification
Built new search features in jQuery for established .Net ecommerce platform. Earned AWS Solutions Architect certification.
2018
πŸ’΅πŸ“²πŸŽ¨ Jacks Consulting LLC
Created business technology consultancy & taught myself ReactJS, then Gatsby static site generator. Began to deploy JAMstack sites vs Firebase via CI/CD vs cloud buckets.
2017
πŸŽ“βš—οΈπŸ’» coding bootcamp (Portland, OR)
Completed courses in JavaScript web/mobile development focusing on UI/UX design; JavaScript/ES6 & HTML5 with Bootstrap + Sketch.
2015
πŸŽ“πŸ’»πŸ“š data mining course (San Jose State)
Learned fundamentals of training supervised ML algos using RapidMiner toolkit.
2011
πŸ“¦πŸ’Ύ Shadowcreek Software
Co-founded SaaS company (PHP servers using AWS EC2 & S3 storage); first official business venture.
2006
πŸ“‘πŸ₯‡ contributed to USAF award
Provided key troubleshooting and training in Top Secret U.S. Air Force unit, helped win global performance award.
2004
πŸ—œπŸ›  US Air Force Electronics & Switching tech schools
CCNA-equivalent training in commercial routing devices.
2002
πŸŽ“πŸ’»πŸ““ web development program (NYC, NY)
Learned some Java development & relevant production, deployment (packaging into jar files), plus UI/UX design by mocking up Windows apps, and key JavaScript & HTML3 skills.
1997
πŸ’ΎπŸ— published first website (FTP on dial-up modem!)
Taught myself HTML2 then nascent JavaScript, built a personal homepage and successfully hosted it on the local ISP.