When web developers first approach functional programming libraries, like underscore.js, they are presented a scattered set of pieces without guidance on how they might fit together to form a complete and beautiful picture. As it turns out, most web developers are familiar with a “big picture” composition of functional programming pieces in the form of SQL.
Kris is founder and CTO of New Media Campaigns, a development consulting firm based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. He leads the technical direction of the company. He is the architect of GetHiFi.com, the company’s SaaS CMS, built on an open source stack, and is trusted by customers including Bandwidth.com, The Rhodes Scholarship Foundation, Gannett, Saranac Beer, EpiPen, CloudSwitch, Country Crock, Fleet Feet Sports, UNC Chapel Hill, and hundreds of other businesses, non-profits, and universities.
Kris has developed at all tiers of the web development stack, but currently prefers back end architecture and RESTful HTTP API design with node.js. He recently contributed to the WebKit project to fix a bug in its Accept header preventing RESTful APIs from being able to properly support content negotiation. Kris’ framework Recess was the first open source PHP framework to focus on RESTful design and was used by developers worldwide including companies like Disney.
Prior to founding New Media Campaigns, Kris earned a Masters in Computer Science from Brown University and a BS with Honors in CS from UNC Chapel Hill. Kris has been programming professionally since his first high school job hacking on e-commerce sites powered by PHP4 and MySQL at a small dial-up ISP in rural North Carolina. He loves his wife, his crazy dog, and a good IPA.
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