Aaron Schmidt

27 years old
Valid for work in New Zealand
Fluent in French (3½ years in France)




Related Skills

Web development languages
Programming languages
C#, VB, VB.NET, C, Java/Swing, Perl, SQL, PL/SQL
MySQL, MS SQL Server, MS Access, Oracle, Sybase SQL Anywhere
Web servers
Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, IIS 4, IIS 5
Operating systems
Windows (2003/XP/2000/NT/98/95), Redhat Linux
Photoshop, ImageReady, Visual Studio.NET, Visual SourceSafe, JBuilder, InstallShield, Flash MX, DreamWeaver, Sybase PowerBuilder, Oracle Developer Tools

Professional Experience

Aug 2003 – May 2005

Web Tools Developer

MEGA International · Paris, FRANCE

  • With ASP.NET, the support section of mega.com was redeveloped to display information based on the content of an XML file. The XML file is generated by reading the file/directory structure of the FTP server. This allowed the Support team to dynamically make updates to the website independent of the webmaster and the manual updating of HTML.
  • Designed and developed a Knowledge Base system to improve content management for the Technical Support team. The KB has become an integral part of the company, both as a web application and an offline (CHM) reference for MEGA consultants worldwide.
  • Worked closely with Development, QA, Support and Documentation teams to enhance a variety of existing projects through the improvement of HTML markup (focus on CSS design) and the creation of graphical images and icons.
  • As a native English speaker, played an important part in defining and improving the communication between MEGA offices in Paris (France), London (UK) and Boston (USA).

Mar 2002 – May 2005

Freelance Web Developer

Freeangle · Enghien les Bains, FRANCE

  • Development of personal, business and community websites, implementing a wide range of programming techniques and languages. View portfolio of web design.
  • Strong competence for interface design, database design, search engine optimization, as well as an awareness for useability and accessibility across browsers and platforms.
  • Currently responsible for the hosting of 11 website domains involving the administration of DNS, email accounts, databases, subdomains and file/directory permissions.
  • Have written a series of popular articles concerning web development, including step-by-step tutorials on how to setup Apache, PHP, MySQL and phpMyAdmin.

Jun 2000 – Feb 2002

Creative Software Engineer

Internet Security Systems (ISS) · Atlanta, USA

  • Designed and implemented the structure for migrating all ISS projects to the new source control management system, StarTeam. This involved the organization of over 250 users, 30 major products, and 100's of GBs of source code.
  • Independently became an expert on StarTeam and took on the responsibility of training 200+ employees in Atlanta (USA) and Reading (UK), saving the company more than $50,000.
  • Weekly training sessions for the improvement of leadership, management and creativity skills provided the confidence to become a successful leader of team projects.
  • A Perl script was developed to control the build process for the development teams at ISS. Through consistent user feedback, the script became incredibly flexible for automating a wide variety of software processes, saving countless hours of manual labour.
  • Objectives and timelines for the internal web applications Greensea and Hydro were met by maintaining effective communication between the team and the clients.
  • With a keen eye for clean design, applied a professional look and feel to the web-based installation of SiteProtector, the primary security management system of ISS (2001).
  • Organized team meetings and events both inside and outside the company; initiated a trip to Six Flags amusement park, encouraging our team of 12 to grow closer and create a more friendly office environment.

May 1999 – Aug 1999

Product Developer

Philip Services Corporation (PSC) · Hamilton, CANADA

  • Four month work term contracted through the University of Guelph Co-op program.
  • Using Oracle Developer Tools, a user-friendly GUI application was developed to error check corrupt databases for a PSC client group in London (UK).

May 1998 – Aug 1998

Sep 1997 – Dec 1997

Technical Support Consultant

Sybase · Waterloo, CANADA

  • 2 four month work terms contracted through the University of Guelph Co-op program.
  • Communication skills improved greatly through interaction with customers around the world, including database support for the 1998 France World Cup.
  • Managed multiple clients throughout work week; receiving/returning calls, researching problems, and providing consistent feedback to the clients.
  • 60-minute PowerPoint presentation was given to the Waterloo office describing the interaction of different teams and methods involved in selling Sybase SQL Anywhere.


1996 – 2000

University of Guelph · Guelph, CANADA

  • Honours Bachelor of Science
  • Major in Computing and Information Science with a minor in Mathematics
1991 – 1996

T. A. Blakelock High School · Oakville, CANADA

  • Honour roll for 5 years
  • Proficiency award (5th in graduating class of 122)

Interests and Activities


Joe Kleinwaechter

Director of Development, Internet Security Systems
Atlanta, USA

Christophe CÚdard

Director of Research & Development, MEGA International
Paris, France

Jason Kravitz

Software Engineer, Internet Security Systems
Atlanta, USA

Contact information for each reference is available upon request.


Feel free to contact Aaron Schmidt with any further questions you may have.

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