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About Me

My name is Corey Ballou and I'm a 34 year old web developer in Charlotte, NC. My work primarily revolves around PHP, MySQL, MVC Frameworks, WordPress, 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. I am going on 10 years of professional web development; having worked remotely as a freelance consultant since 2012.

I handle both backend and frontend web development, custom web applications, wordpress theming & plugin development, database development and design, website optimization, performance tuning, system and network administration, and writing a substantial amount of frontend code in HTML, CSS (SASS/LESS), and JavaScript.

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

My Work

I don't just stop working at the office. I invest a lot of time developing open source plugins and libraries. When I'm not coding, I'm keeping up with the latest trends in startups and cutting edge technology. My finger is constantly on the pulse of what's hot in tech.

I am primarily a full-stack web applications developer utilizing a LAMP/LEMP stack. Laravel, Zend Framework, Kohana, Codeigniter, Slim, Wordpress, and JavaScript are my strongest assets. I am, however, language agnostic and can pick up on just about any project in a few weeks time. I am up to date on the latest and greatest in frontend frameworks such as Angular.js, Backbone.js, and Ember.js, having delivered and maintained projects in each.

I have expansive knowledge of both frontend development and backend development. I am extremely proficient with developer operations and Linux server management, including version control and deployment with git, svn, capistrano, and ansible. I enjoy solving problems regarding security, scalability, and optimizing code.

If you need to consult an expert on your web development project, don't hesitate to contact me