About

Hi there!

I'm Samuel J. Rains (but you can call me "Jack"). As a developer out of Atlanta, Georgia, I've been in the field full-time since 2009 and part-time since 2006. Mainly using open-source technologies, I enjoy creating web applications, site design, and service oriented systems while broadening my knowledge in new technologies.

Skills

The values represent my overall intreptation of my already exist skillset, not overall mastery of given concept (ex. Python 100% and Accessibility 100% my two best...Database Design 70% of best skill)

PHP 85%
Python 100%
Database Design 70%
Site Design 75%
MVC Methodology 85%
System Architecture 60%
Web Accessibility 100%


More About Me

Based out of Atlanta and a product of the University of Alabama, I'm an avid disc (and ball) golf player. I also enjoy bicycling, technology, surf music, and attempting to stay in shape...the latter being easier said than done. I've also been known to enjoy a craft beer or coffee around town.

What I Love

Collaborating with like-minded individuals to create the best possible solutions to any given issue is what drives me. I love creating software and approaching tasks with an open and positive mind. Accessibility and equal access for all are passions of mine. I build with accessibility in mind first, NOT as an afterthought.

Work

Currently with IBM and formerly Georgia Tech, I utilize agile methodologies and multiple languages to streamline and create accessible systems across various stacks and architectures. I'm wanting to expand my front-end knowledge as well.

Get In Touch

Feel free to drop me a line at jack@samueljrains.com. I'm always up for exchanging ideas or possible collaborations.

Projects

Recent Projects

Here are some various projects I have been working on recently. They encompass my abilities, not only in web development and software, but design as well. Native mobile development is also on my radar. This section needs updating, but in the meantime, here are some examples of my body of work.

  • access text dashboard

AccessText Network

  • amac homepage

AMAC

  • student download center portal page

Student Resource Center

Articles

Stuff

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NOTE

I'm getting back to the articles section in the near future. I'm redesigning my site, so I'll include the old article in the new site. I hope to have some new content soon...

Contact

Get in touch

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Fill out the form below, or you could drop me an email as well.


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jack@samueljrains.com | Atlanta, Georgia 30308

accesstext dashboard

The AccessText Network

AccessText is a conduit between the publishing world and colleges and universities across the country, with a shared mission to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to their textbooks in an accessible format and in a timely manner.

Project Details

Accommodating multiple publisher's APIs, I developed a service oriented tracking system with extensive user management to provide accessible textbooks and requests to end users. The project includes extensive security restrictions, data modeling, geolocation services, and much more.

Using MVC methodology and Amazon S3, the project migrated off the existing system architecture of the network and developed an extensive backend for user management, file delivery, and asset tracking.

AccessText Website

amac homepage

Alternative Media Access Center

The Alternative Media Access Center is an organization based on removing the barriers in education for indivduials with disabilities.

Project Details

As one of only three developers, I have rewritten the realtime delivery of accessible media and facilitated the storage and access of over 15,000 accessible media files and hundres of thousands of mission critical data files. Primarily with the use of a LAMP stack (with Ruby scripts for backup) and agile development practices, I have helped create a single system for internal assets, employee information, sensitive student data, ticketing and support logging, in addition to accessible textbooks and media. The AMAC project encompasses hundreds of membership organizations across the United States and is growing rapidly. With the growth, scalability of the database architecture and systems has become paramount to my position and continues to do so everyday.

The unit was recently awarded the 2014 Campus Technology Innovator Award Winner in the Student Systems & Services category for the efficiency and ease-of-use by the products and services I have developed and maintained for several years. Also, the award was given due to the excellent analytics software reporting and quickness in response time. More information can be found here. Award Announcement

AMAC Website

screenshot of student center dashboard

Student Resource Center

The Student Download & Resource Center is a web application that was designed and developed to integrate the existing ordering systems directly with students. The process streamlines ordering and conveniently places all information directly in the hands of the students. Also, the portal allows students to request orders, software, as well as download their media.

Project Details

The Student Download & Resource Center is a "ground up" PHP project using MySQL as the database. The front end uses jQuery and JavaScript functions to create a seamless product that is both easy-to-use and highly functional as well.

AMAC Website