Karl Holzknecht

Web   &   Application   Developer

HI, I CODE THINGS.

Clean, maintainable, and expandable code makes me happy, and it will make you happy as well.

THOSE THINGS CAN VARY.

Custom websites, e-commerce solutions, social media integration, and much more.

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My name is Karl Holzknecht and I am a programmer who focuses primarily on websites and web applications. I'm based in California's South Bay Area, with years of experience working in the web development industry, both employed on a team or as lead developer, as well as doing freelance work for clients all around the world.

Available for freelance work!

About me

Based in California's South Bay with years of experience working in the web development industry, both employed on a team or as lead developer, as well as doing freelance work for clients all around the world.

Professional profile

I'm a coder with roots in server & system administration who has matured in the web development industry surrounded by very talented graphic designers. My professional work falls mostly within the Internet platform, and have a wide spread of experience in that realm. When coding in my freetime I divide my focus between web-centric projects and more traditional applications.

Work experience

Freelance DeveloperSpring 2011 — Present

Hire-Karl.com

→ As a freelance contractor, I do projects for a myriad of individual clients and companies, both freelance and as a contract employee.
   → Not to mention spending some free time on a few personal projects *cough*games*cough*.

Lead DeveloperSummer 2007 — Spring 2011

iKorb Software

→ Planned, designed and executed projects for big and small name clients, both individually and as head of a small team.
→ Responsible for technical aspects of the hiring interview process.
→ Trained and managed junior developers, in technical ability, project management, and internal development standards & processes.
→ Managed & developed large legacy codebases.

Code MonkeySpring 2005 — Summer 2009

iKorb Software

→ Worked as part of development team, focusing on LAMP (Linux/AJAX/MySQL/PHP) projects.
   → Coded sections of larger projects in coordination with teammates, while also designing and developing entire backends.
→ Worked as subcontractor for .NET project, focusing on AJAX mini-game development.
→ Gave time estimates for project quotes, worked under deadline situations.

Freelance Web DeveloperSummer 2002 — Spring 2003

Nomi Fabrics Incorporated

→ Responsible for Flash, Javascript, CSS, DHTML/HTML, and CGI work.
→ Met with client, coordinated with graphic designer.

Web Master & Network ManagerFall 2000 — 2002

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Computer Science Department

→ Responsible for developing and maintaining department website.
→ Part of a student team of managers responsible for more that 50 computers running Solaris, Linux, and Windows 2000 on a AFS-based network.
→ Performed both hardware and software systems maintenance & setup on Sun machines as well as standard PCs (running Linux & Windows).

Web MasterFall 2001 — Spring 2002

Green Party USA

→ Responsible for developing and maintaining national party website, including publishing national party press releases.
→ Met with national party leader & council for G/GPUSA to coordinate further expansion into the Internet medium.

Freelance Web DeveloperFall 1999 — Present

Self Employed, Periodic

Since the late '90s, I've done paid work on a long list of websites as a freelance contractor. I've worked with partners, created complete websites solo, and modified and/or extended existing websites.

Professional skills

Server-side technologiesstarstarstarstarstar

PHP, Perl, Python, MySQL, Postgres, ZendFramework, Kohana, CodeIgniter, Social Media Integration

You think it up, I'll make it work.

Client-side technologiesstarstarstarstarstar

Javascript, HTML, CSS, XML, Prototype, MooTools, jQuery

For that extra flair that keeps the Web fun.

Other technologiesstarstarstarstar

C, C++, Custom PHP Extentions, Apache, Unix (Solaris, BSD, Linux) System Administration, Cross-platform Desktop & Mobile Development

For when your vision starts on the web or in the cloud, but doesn't end there.

Designstarstarstar

Photoshop, Illustrator

I produce clean, effective designs based on my years of working with designers. I also collaborate with designers who focus in that area exclusively, and am able to expand and modify any site without having to bring a former designer back in.

Education

Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyTerre Haute, IN

www.Rose-Hulman.edu, Computer Science Dept.

"For the 12th consecutive year, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been rated the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation that offers the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. The ranking is based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its annual college guidebook."

Projects

A few of the projects I've completed, worked on, or am presently developing. Use the Next and Previous navigation links to see them one at a time, with images and a short description.

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AlethiaWeingarten.com

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An existing portfolio site for a prop stylist & set designer, I was hired to expand the AJAX-heavy functionality to support two separate image galleries, both on the front end and in the administration section.

www.alethiaweingarten.com

iKorb Merchant Services

  • iKorb, Inc - Home of the iKorb Merchant
  • Essentialsurf.com - Powered by iKorb Merchant Services
  • TheNismoShop.com - Powered by iKorb Merchant Services
  • 1stInShow.com - Powered by iKorb Merchant Services

The iKorb Merchant is a custom shopping cart & e-commerce solution developed and maintained by iKorb, Inc. As an employed developer at iKorb I have planned and worked with huge databases of products, 3rd Party API implementations for payment gateways & shipping carriers, as well as maintaining multiple legacy codebases.

www.ikorb.com
www.1stinshow.com
www.thenismoshop.com
www.essentialsurf.com

Rosalie Cooperative School of Young Children

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A work-in-progress, the redesign for Rosalie Cooperative School of Young Children is focused on increasing readability and clarity of communication, while maintaining as much of the original intended feel as possible. Additional work includes expanding the site to include a parents' area with login, event calendars, and more.

emh.kaiapit.net/rosalie

Robinscapes.com

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The primary goals behind Robinscapes.com were to create a site that encompassed the client's style and was as easy as possible to update and add new content to. All content on the site is easy to edit via the slim, custom-made administration section, including single click header updates, drag and drop services resorting (combined with service content editing), and an implementation of the Simple Viewer gallery software tied specifically into Picasa's export functionality.

www.robinscapes.com

Services

Custom Websites, Maintenance, & Expansion. E-Commerce Solutions / Shopping Carts. Payment & Shipping Services. CMS (Content Management Systems). Web Application design, development, and expansion. Social Media Apps, Integration & Customization. Mobile Apps & Sites, Including Full Cross-platform Web, Mobile, and Desktop Implementations.

Custom Websites, Maintenance, & Expansion

  • Website Customization
  • Website Customization

Websites should fit the individual or company they represent. A custom site for a custom need. Sites come in many sizes, from complex Web Applications with extensive functionality to simple (yet elegant) websites for a company's or individual's presence on the Internet. I identify and implement just what is needed for each case I encounter, while drawing from my years of experience to help a client realize the full extent a website can work for them.

3rd-Party Software & E-Commerce Solutions

    3rd Party Software

There is a lot of useful 3rd-party software presently out there. The price can be very attractive, but all-to-often it's in exchange for brand identity, or functionality that fits your specific need. From themes to extensions, compromise is available.

Custom developed e-commerce solutions to match your requirements, or implementation, customization, and expansion of any of the many existing shopping cart solutions out there.

More information and visual examples to come.

Social Media Integration

  • Social Media Integration

As social media sites become evermore present in today's day-to-day happenings (both on the Internet and off), it's increasingly beneficial to embrace social media integration, whether it's adding a universal log-in to your website, incorporating 3rd-party services into your site, enhancing your presence and/or brand on the social media sites themselves, or developing actual applications for sites such as Facebook. If you know how you'd like to take advantage of existing social media, or would benefit from learning how it can be used to your advantage, contact me for a consultation.

Social Media Integration

  • Social Media Integration

As social media sites become evermore present in today's day-to-day happenings (both on the Internet and off), it's increasingly beneficial to embrace social media integration, whether it's adding a universal log-in to your website, incorporating 3rd-party services into your site, enhancing your presence and/or brand on the social media sites themselves, or developing actual applications for sites such as Facebook. If you know how you'd like to take advantage of existing social media, or would benefit from learning how it can be used to your advantage, contact me for a consultation.

Mobile Apps & Sites

  • Mobile - Android
  • Mobile - iOS
  • Mobile - iOS

With smart phone and mobile Internet usage skyrocketing, it pays to have a mobile optimized version of your new or existing website set up to display on iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry, & Symbian devices. Additionally, the market for mobile apps has been well established as a strong market. I offer mobile application development that can be deployed on both iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android with minimal development overhead. Native cross-platform desktop implementations are also available, for total web/mobile/desktop coverage.

Hosting Services

  • Mobile - iOS

With smart phone and mobile Internet usage skyrocketing, it pays to have a mobile optimized version of your new or existing website set up to display on iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry, & Symbian devices. Additionally, the market for mobile apps has been well established as a strong market. I offer mobile application development that can be deployed on both iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android with minimal development overhead. Native cross-platform desktop implementations are also available, for total web/mobile/desktop coverage. asdf

Contact

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Hope to hear from you soon.

­ - Karl

Additional Contact Information

Email: work@hire-karl.com
Phone: +1 831 205 0120