eBuddy

iOS and Web App

eBuddy was a pioneer of multi-protocol chat web clients, and built one of the first apps to bring real-time chat to the iPhone. I worked on multiple products while I was there.

I worked on the J2EE based Lite Messenger product for mobile browsers, contributed to the iOS app, as well as worked on the brand new XMS app for the iPhone.

This is also the job that brought me to the Netherlands and to Amsterdam, my current city. eBuddy was one of the first successful app companies in the country, with very talented employees, and even though the products are no longer available, the team has continued to make positive impact at other companies.

eBuddy was my first exposure to the wonderful world of Scrum. This is the first time in my career that I participated in planning poker, sprint planning, retrospectives, and monitored burn-down charts on a regular basis. Software development can be fun! There was never a shortage of spikes.

My first assignment was to pair-up with another team-member to help improve eBuddy’s Lite Messenger product for feature phones. This was also one of my first TDD projects. I also contributed to the main iOS chat applications (free and paid), while learning a lot about great UX design. The eBuddy app was unique at the time with its support for a themable interface. These themes were downloadable packages and were consistently updated and improved.

While at eBuddy, I also got an opportunity not many people get — work on a WhatsApp competitor! The XMS messaging client was a fun and secure alternative to WhatsApp that featured fancy stickers, photo editing with speech bubbles, and really amazing media support with short previews for slow connections.

I definitely became a better iOS developer after my experience here.

Work

Past Projects

Aol Autos

iOS App

The Aol Autos iPhone app brought the car research experience into a mobile app that featured photo galleries, expert opinions, user reviews, and the ability to share car trims with friends. I was a primary developer, mentored by senior Aol engineers.

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eBuddy

iOS and Web App

eBuddy was a pioneer of multi-protocol chat web clients, and built one of the first apps to bring real-time chat to the iPhone. I worked on multiple products while I was there.

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Booking.com

iOS Apps

I was the second iOS engineer in the team that worked on the flagship Booking.com universal iOS app and built the niche Booking Tonight app.

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eBay Classifieds Group

iOS App

Marktplaats needed to build a feature-rich iPad experience in a short amount of time. As a senior engineer in the team, I look lead in setting up the infrastructure for prototyping, unit-testing, and iterative development of a universal iOS app.

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Week Calendar

iOS App

Week Calendar is one of the most downloaded productivity apps on the AppStore. I led the development on the app for 5 years.

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Instint

iOS App | Swift Server API

Instint is a new productivity application for parents and their teenage children with privacy and a sustainable rewards mechanism at its core.

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