Steve Kostrey

Here’s me standing beside the real Mona Lisa. You can see the frame of the portrait to my right.

I live in in Barrie, Ontario, Canada with my beautiful wife, two sons, daughter and a cat. I love code, math, music, water and cycling. Coding was not on my list of lifetime goals but it was a perfect fit for me. The high I feel from playing music on stage is the same high I get when I create something with code – call me crazy… but it’s true.

I play double bass occasionally in the local symphony and develop websites during the day using PHP and jQuery as my main tools. Although as you know, it doesn’t end there. If you want to be a web developer you better buckle down and begin the learning process for many years, and years and years to come. Once you think you know it all someone or something comes along (usually a client’s requirement) and makes you feel like your first day in kindergarten.

I enjoy playing sports and have recently began a love for triathlons. I’m a certified Dive Master scuba diver with PADI and there’s nothing more exciting than being 65 feet under looking at a wreck.

A bit about my code:

Currently developing top notch websites and web applications for exceptional cliental using the latest technology with the best people. Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities. Over 9 years developing for the internet and eCommerce. Strong back-end developer with wide skill set. 6+ years experience in application programming. Creative and skilled in web design and audio/video. Team player with the ability to achieve goals single-handedly. Project manager and supervisory experience.

  • Building industry leading back-end and front-end web applications.
  • Extensive back/front-end PHP5/MySQL development including OOP and ORM.
  • Experience with MVC frameworks
  • Database design and SQL queries.
  • JQuery, Javascript. JSON, XML and AJAX.
  • Linux/Unix, command line, Apache mod_rewrite
  • HTML 5 and CSS.
  • Experience in image manipulation, Shipping APIs and PayPal, recurring payments.
  • SVN, Repository.
  • Search Engine Optimization. Content Delivery Network (CDN)