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.
As an engineering manager at Fastly, Blithe manages a team of frontend and backend developers to deliver UIs and APIs used to modify settings that generate the Varnish Configuration Language (VCL) used in Fastly cache servers.
In addition to maintaining existing configuration UIs and APIs, Blithe's team is responsible for building user interfaces for new products including Image Optimization, Load Balancing, and others.
Blithe collaborates with team members, consultants, designers, and customers using 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.
As an individual contributor, Blithe used Ruby to build RESTful web APIs as part of the core engineering team. She helped to upgrade many API endpoints to conform to the JSON API specification.
In addition to maintaining existing API endpoints and functionality, Blithe helped build the APIs and UIs for following products for Fastly:
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.
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.
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.