Aaker Salant

Software Developer
San Francisco

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About me

I am a San Francisco based full-stack web developer.

I currently love working in JavaScript, building functional and expressive applications serving real-world user needs, using modern tooling and agile processes.

I can bring value to a team by offering a wealth of experience and passion for creative ideas, communication, problem solving, and pushing the limits of technology while still developing for a positive user experience.

I'm currently into JavaScript/CoffeeScript, Node.js/Express, AngularJS, and equally happy in the front or back ends.


My most recent project is Stacker - a tool and platform for visual storytelling. It is comprised of a content-creation tool for developing and publishing pieces, and a framework for the self-contained, CDN-backed pieces themselves.

I led development on the early prototypes and later the full implementation, which culminated in a rich single-page app featuring a real-time collaborative visual editor with both a WYSIWYG canvas and timeline interface. It includes integration with Dropbox to enable designers to rapidly iterate, a clear but innovative animation system, and a CDN-backed publishing strategy to scale high traffic loads.

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Less recently

As a freelancer, I built web applications in Flash and OpenLaszlo for nearly 10 years, before an RSI/cycling injury led me to step away from the keyboard for over a year. In that time I did a 12-month program in communication and conflict mediation, nerded out on the human body, and came back stronger, faster and harder to kill.

I returned to the digital world by building eggs (aka eggbasket.org), an open-source application in Ruby/Rails for meat farms to manage their CSA programs. It was acquired by Good Eggs in 2012 but still powering a farm in Tomales Bay. More about the process of builidng eggs here

I've been working with Newsbound (Stacker) since 2012

See my resume for more.