Blithe Rocher

Not your average developer.

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Résumé

Summary

Blithe Rocher is a self-taught developer who uses Ruby to build RESTful APIs and web applications. She started by crafting her personal website and became interested in taking her skills to the next level.

Early on, Blithe developed her skills while giving back as a beta tester for Codecademy. She has coached at several Rails Girls and RailsBridge workshops. When she's not on her bike or playing with her dog Nola, she spends most of her free time hacking on personal projects and working to become a better web developer.

Skills

Ruby, Sinatra, Rails, TDD, RSpec, Capybara, Chef, Python, Django, Flask, JavaScript, jQuery, CoffeeScript, CSS, Sass, MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL, HTML, PHP

Professional Experience

Software Engineer, July 2015 - Present
Fastly
San Francisco, CA

As a software engineer, Blithe uses Ruby to build RESTful web APIs as part of the core engineering team.

She collaborates with team members, consultants, designers, and clients and uses agile development methodologies to ensure delivery of quality code that solves problems. She contributes to the open-source community through code, documentation, teaching, and speaking.

Software Engineer, October 2014 - July 2015
The Groundwork (now Timshel)
Brooklyn, NY

As a software engineer at The Groundwork, Blithe helped launch the backend APIs powering Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign website at hillaryclinton.com.

She used Python and Django to build RESTful web APIs and web applications as part of a highly-scalable, fault-tolerant, distributed system.

Blithe was known on the team for her thorough documentation and test coverage.

Web Developer, July 2013 - October 2014
Big Nerd Ranch
Atlanta, Georgia

As a web developer at Big Nerd Ranch, Blithe used Ruby on Rails to develop web applications for clients. She worked on a variety of applications from a large Service-oriented architecture (SOA) system comprised of multiple Rails applications to creating lightweight, greenfield applications from scratch.

Blithe also helped teach a week-long course designed specifically for other developers to learn how to build web-based, database-backed applications using the Ruby programming language.

Developer Intern, May 2013 - July 2013
Big Nerd Ranch
Atlanta, Georgia

As an intern, Blithe used Ruby on Rails to develop web applications used internally by other Big Nerd Ranch developers and employees. She also gained valuable experience by working on external client projects.

Presentations & Talks

OSCON 2016
"Microservices War Stories" (slides, video)
May 18, 2016
Austin, Texas
FutureTalks at New Relic
"The Scientific Method of Troubleshooting" (slides, video)
August 10, 2015
Portland, Oregon
GoGaRuCo 2014
"The Scientific Method of Troubleshooting" (slides, video)
September 20, 2014
San Francisco, California
Distill 2014
"The Scientific Method of Troubleshooting" (slides, video)
August 8, 2014
San Francisco, California
eurucamp 2014
"The Scientific Method of Troubleshooting" (slides, video)
August 2-3, 2014
Potsdam, Germany
eurucamp 2014
"Outside Panel: Good Software Design"
August 2, 2014
Potsdam, Germany
Rails Girls Athens
"Dr. Intern: Why I became an intern with a PhD" (pdf)
April 5, 2014
Athens, Georgia
Madison Ruby
"From PhD to Developer" (as part of Hype Harvest)
August 22, 2013
Madison, Wisconsin
RailsBridge Savannah
"Ruby Programming for Beginners" (RailsBridge curriculum)
July 13, 2013
Savannah, Georgia
Rails Girls Atlanta
"Participant to Coach in 23 Weeks" (pdf)
May 11, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia

Education

PhD, Physical Chemistry, 2011
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
B.S., Chemistry, 2005
Southwestern University
Georgetown, Texas

Contact

blithe@blitherocher.com