Chris O'Connell

Phoenix, AZ ·

I’m an experienced web applications developer with an emphasis on object oriented programming. I'm looking to be among the very best in my field. I know that will take years of hard work, constant learning and dedication. But that’s great because I love not only programming but also user interface design. Where else but web development can one do both! :-)


Web Applications Developer


Full-time employee developing custom LMS (Learning Management System). Was instrumental in bringing modern development practices to the company.

  • Completely overhauled the student side of the LMS, replacing legacy procedure code with OOP using Zend Framework 2.
  • Implemented a Restful API—secured with OAuth2—to facilitate the current interface changes using React JS, as well as future plans to create a mobile app.
  • Updated their version control system to use a git repository.
  • Automated build process using Phing. Now builds take 2 minutes instead of two hours, updating all clients takes 2 hours instead of 2 weeks!
  • Refactored code base to allow easier client customizations while reducing the code base by 40,000+ lines of redundant code.
  • Got whole team to start using bug tracking/project management software. Prior to this the team was using a spreadsheet and communication per items was limited.
March 2012 – Present

Web Applications Developer

Arizona Pain Specialists

Full-time employee developing web applications for their internal support stuff and external web site

  • Developed multiple internal web applications using Zend Framework
  • Increased efficiency and reduced errors by integrating the Google Spreadsheet API into an internal web application for the billing department, saving work that was previously done by hand.
  • Backed up and version controlled all projects using SVN repositories.
October 2010 - March 2012

Independent Contractor

The Muscle Maximizer

Hired as project-based independent contractor to create an online version of their nutrition program.

  • Developed web application using Zend Framework
  • Made extensive use of the Dojo Javascript Framework for its AJAX and Animation features.
  • Added Multi-Lingual support using poedit translation file.
March 2011 - June 2011


Northern Arizona University

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Minors in Computer Science and Physics

GPA: 3.3


Programming Languages & Tools
With almost 10 years of programming experience in PHP, I have a very diverse knowledge base to help me solve any task. While my expertise is in SOLID object oriented programming using modern frameworks, I also have experience in SEO, front-end layout, page optimization, along with several libraries, frameworks and API's.


  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum


Apart from being a web developer, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. In the winter, I am an avid skiier and novice ice climber. During the warmer months here in Colorado, I enjoy mountain biking, free climbing, and kayaking.

When forced indoors, I follow a number of sci-fi and fantasy genre movies and television shows, I am an aspiring chef, and I spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technolgy advancements in the front-end web development world.

Awards & Certifications

  • Google Analytics Certified Developer
  • Mobile Web Specialist - Google Certification
  • 1st Place - University of Colorado Boulder - Emerging Tech Competition 2009
  • 1st Place - University of Colorado Boulder - Adobe Creative Jam 2008 (UI Design Category)
  • 2nd Place - University of Colorado Boulder - Emerging Tech Competition 2008
  • 1st Place - James Buchanan High School - Hackathon 2006
  • 3rd Place - James Buchanan High School - Hackathon 2005