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Christopher Pickett


Languages & Frameworks

  • Python
  • Django
  • Javascript
  • Backbone.js
  • HTML / CSS
  • Perl
  • PHP


  • PostgreSQL
  • MySQL
  • Celery
  • Apache / nginx / uwsgi
  • Linux administration


Senior Software Engineer, Safari Books Online

Beaverton, OR — November 2012 to Present Promoted from Software Engineer, December 2015

Developer III, The Nerdery

Minneapolis, MN — March 2012 to October 2013
Promoted from Developer II, March 2013

I lead over a dozen projects and contributed to 70+ different projects, as a team member, mentor and consultant. My primary focus was Python, specializing in Django.


  • Lead developer on a large project with tight deadlines and a demanding client. I received recognition from the COO for my extraordinary efforts.
  • Became the go to person for several developers to assist them with solving problems in Python, Javascript and Git.
  • Profiled a client’s Django admin and was able to increase the performance of their slowest pages from 20+ seconds to 2 seconds.
  • Received a shout-out from the resource team for being able to ‘crush’ whatever they’ve given me.
  • Founding member of the Python committee and was instrumental in forming python standards and documentation.

Software Engineer, National Realty Systems

Cicero, IN — January 2002 to March 2012

I was directly involved in the creation of the company as well as being the sole creator of their flagship product ZODAS, an online document management system. Currently the system is used by over 60 companies nationwide.


  • Designed and developed, in Perl, the front-end web application.
  • Designed back-end database schema, utilizing at different points, both MySQL and later PostgreSQL
  • Created back-end image parser, in C# and Perl, to convert incoming TIFFs into multiple PDFʼs based on barcodes included in the TIFF.