My name is Mathew Fleisch, I am a Full Stack DevOps Engineer from San Francisco and I love working on new projects and features. Often times, this means fixing and retrofitting existing products first. Every development team I have worked for, from non-profits to Apple, have all had a finite amount of resources, whether that is infrastructure or developer time. Throughout my career, I have adopted Larry Wall's philosophy and will automate as much as possible, adopting DevOps principles before there was such a title/role. If a task requires human input, I will create a tool or UI that can allow someone closer to the data, to maintain it. This frees up developer time, and reduces the amount of communication necessary to complete common tasks within the organization. In order to optimize limited resources, this philosophy has helped me in each of my roles to maximize my impact on the team. I am also a firm believer that building scalable, stable CI/CD pipelines increases developer velocity and coupled with adequate testing coverage, can increase confidence in secure, scalable production code.
One of the projects I can talk about is an open-source bot I wrote, called bashbot. It is a chatops tool for slack, that uses a json configuration file to define custom commands. Written primarily in golang, it uses slack's real-time-messaging api to parse each message via regular expression. If a command is detected and matched to an entry in the configuration file, bash commands are executed pertaining to that entry. Sensitive commands are restricted to private channels, within the configuration file, and members of that private channel can activate that restricted command. Among other commands, a particularly useful command was set up to quickly and securely activate maintenance mode, when necessary. `bashbot maintenance up` and `bashbot maintenance down`
I was hired to work in the marketing department to maintain a sunsetting web application that was being rebuilt by another team. I made modifications to make the application more stable, secure and added logging for debugging purposes. I also expanded my role to help maintain an internal content management system.
The Global Finance department at Apple created and maintained internal websites, to help facilitate secure communication and document sharing. The small team of developers primarily used LAMP Stack CodeIgniter, with some NodeJS/Grunt/Gulp/Sass optimization, for most projects, and Drupal CMS for others. Apart from other responsibilities, I wrote parallelized scripts to recover lost data for another team.
UBM is a parent company of many conferences like Black Hat and The Game Developer's Conference. While at UBM, I developed an application to allow conference attendees to view the speaker schedule and save a personal itinerary. The Schedule Builder application is still being used by many conferences at UBM.
Working with bioinformaticians gave me exposure to big data, automation pipelines and creating user interfaces that are easy to understand. I created web interfaces to enter large lists of genes, and various reports are displayed, based on research done at the Buck Institute.
When I am not messing with computers in some way, I like to play music, read sci-fi/fantasy, travel and eat great food.
Music: I grew up playing music and have played in performing bands most of my life. Most recently I played piano and saxophone in the skunk pop band Our Vinyl Vows
Science Fiction/Fantasy: My favorite Authors are Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, Daniel Suarez, James S.A. Corey, and Neal Stephenson. GoodReads Profile
Travel: I have visited half of the united states and went on safari in Tanzania with my wife.
Food: Whether we are in town or abroad, my wife and I love to eat delicious food. We will go to restaurants or cook various dishes inspired from our families and our travels.