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About Me

My name is Corey Ballou and I'm a 31 year old web developer in Charlotte, NC. My work primarily revolves around PHP, MySQL, MVC Frameworks, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS3, HTML5, Apache, nginx, and Linux. I'm a co-organizer of the Charlotte PHP user group Queen City PHP.

I graduated from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2007 where I received dual minors in Information Technology and Business Administration.

My web development strengths are fairly broad. I handle both backend and frontend development, custom application development, wordpress theming, database development and design, website optimization, performance tuning, system and network administration, and writing a substantial amount of JavaScript and jQuery.

For more information, check out my about page or CV.

My Work

I don't just stop working at the office. I invest a lot of time developing open source plugins, libraries, and writing on my development blog. When I'm not coding, I'm keeping up with the with my love of cutting edge technology keep me current within the industry.

I am primarily a full-stack web applications developer utilizing a LAMP stack. Laravel, Zend Framework, Kohana, Wordpress, and jQuery are my strongest assets. I am, however, language agnostic and can pick up on just about any project in a few weeks time. I have recently been focusing my efforts on frontend frameworks such as Ember.js and Backbone.js with Handlebars templating.

I have expansive knowledge of both frontend development and backend development. I am fully accustomed to deployment tactics with git, svn, and capistrano. I enjoy solving problems regarding security, scalability, and optimizing code.