About Me

Summary

Steven Erat From Baltimore, Maryland originally, I now live in Bolton, Massachusetts. Previously I was a Biologist at NIH and the USDA, but in 2000 I changed careers to work in the software industry. I worked at Adobe for almost 9 years (via Allaire and Macromedia acquisitions) with ColdFusion, Flex, and related products, and once again I work at Adobe but this time on Flash. When not working with web technology some of my favorite activities include outdoor adventures, hiking and backpacking, photography, and reading about Science and Technology.

In 2009 I completed a 2 year certificate program in Professional Digital Photography at The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. In 2010 I won First Prize for Portraiture at the Annual Meeting of CIPNE (Commercial and Industrial Photographers of New England). In 2009 I won the CIPNE First Prize for Digital Illustration. As an emerging lifestyle and editorial photographer, specializing in creating dramatic and artistic portraits, I started my own small business in 2009 as a Boston Portrait Photographer. In 2011 I was elected for 2 years as the President of The Commercial and Industrial Photographers of New England (CIPNE).

Software

Highly analytical, solutions-oriented Web Application Software Quality Assurance Engineer with over 10 years experience testing, troubleshooting, performance tuning, and developing Enterprise class Rich Internet Applications in multi-tiered, clustered J2EE environments, specializing in Unix and Linux platforms.

Photography

Expert in digital imaging workflow, digital asset management with Lightroom, and high end professional quality retouching in Photoshop, having hundreds of hours of training in Adobe’s imaging technologies including Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere and a wealth of experience as an emerging independent photographer, portrait artist, and multimedia creator.

Specialties

* Continuous Integration with Jenkins and ANT
* Unit Testing with MXUnit, FlexUnit, Component Mocking
* Data-driven UI Test Automation with Selenium and TestNG, and with CFSelenium and MXUnit
* Flex UI Test Automation with HP QTP
* RIA Development with Adobe ColdFusion, Flex, ActionScript
* Adobe LiveCycle Data Services (LCDS)
* Adobe CS SDK for building Creative Suite Extensions
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration (RHCE)
* Web Server, J2EE Server, and Database Server Administration

Speaking Engagements

Automated System Testing with Selenium, MXUnit, and Jenkins
CF.OBJECTIVE ENTERPRISE COLDFUSION CONFERENCE, MINNEAPOLIS MN 05/2012

Automated Testing with Selenium & TestNG versus CFSelenium & MXUnit
BOSTON COLDFUSION USERS GROUP 03/2011

Building Collaborative Creative Suite Extensions with Adobe Creative Suite SDK, Flex, ActionScript, LiveCycle Data Services, and ColdFusion using Extension Builder, Flash Builder, and CF Builder
SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS CONFERENCE, EDINBURGH SCOTLAND 03/2011

LiveCycle Data Services Data Management for ColdFusion Developers
CF.OBJECTIVE ENTERPRISE COLDFUSION CONFERENCE, MINNEAPOLIS MN 04/2010

LiveCycle Data Services Data Management for ColdFusion Developers
RIA UNLEASHED CONFERENCE, BOSTON MA 11/2009

Building Database Driven Web Applications with ColdFusion
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE MA 01/2006 and 12/2006
Guest speaker for special end-of-semester topic for CSCI-253 “Database Development for Web Applications”

Installation and Configuration of ColdFusion on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Apache and MySQL
THE ONLINE COLDFUSION MEETUP GROUP 10/2005

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