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Michael White \hfill

A generalist developer seeking freelance work or a job in an early-stage startup related to my interests.

Work Experience

  • Co-Founder at GetchaBooks LLC

    December 2009 - present

    • Built a course-based textbook shopping website supporting over 1200 colleges. Users specify their courses, we scrape their required books and present the best ways to buy them online.

    • Wrote the backend using PHP, MySQL, Propel ORM, and some Python.

  • Student Research Assistant at AIFB, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    June 2010 - August 2010

    • Wrote AskQ, a Semantic MediaWiki extension that translates plain-text queries into structured queries based on existing structured data and adds faceted browsing to query results using jQuery.
  • Salesperson and Manager at Boston Skyline, Inc.

    July 2008 - August 2010

    • Sold apparel at a busy pushcart retailer. Managed inventory, cashflow, and employees.


  • B.S. in Computer Science, Tufts University, Medford, MA

    May 2012


  • Very experienced with Linux, PHP, C, MySQL, and MediaWiki. Moderately experienced with Python and JavaScript. Familiar with C++, Prolog, Lisp, Haskell, Java, Ruby, Bash, XSLT, LaTeX, and CSS.

  • Knowledgeable about theoretical linguistics and some computational linguistics formalisms and tools.

  • Proficient in German, familiar with Spanish.


  • Free culture, education, credentials and reputation systems, ecology, energy, music.
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