About Me
Developer Michael McQuade (giraffesyo) with a live giraffe in Mexico

I'm Michael McQuade.

I'm a Computer Science student at Oklahoma State University. I spent the last year studying my major abroad in Mexico City, Mexico. The experience helped me broaden my horizons as a denizen of the world while learning Computer Science from the most prestigious school in Mexico.

My experiences have been varied, from technical support to helping people with fraud at Apple iTunes. Now, I'm finally doing what I love, learning to code!

I have found that as a programmer, I am solving new problems every day. Because of this, work really feels like a game where I just have to find the answer to the current level, and when you reach a level you've already beaten, the answer is ever so clear.

Over the summer I did a software development internship at Foundation Software in Strongsville, Ohio. Now, I'm back in classes and expect to graduate May 2019.

Education

B.S. in Computer Science

(expected May 2019)
Oklahoma State University logo

Oklahoma State University

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education logo

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

Experience
Foundation Software

Completed an 8-week summer internshp at Foundation Software. During my time there I created an internal label printer application using create-react-app, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Integrated Security (Windows Auth), and Express.js. I also created a proof-of-concept rewrite of their marketing website, foundationsoft.com using Gatsby.js. This POC demonstrated an improvement of load times from 6.2 seconds to 800ms over the current site.

Prairie Glade Chihuahuas Web App

Developed a web app for an Oklahoma Chihuahua Kennel. The web app uses create-react-app and has an express.js backend, utilizing a PostgresQL database. The database and server are hosted on Heroku. The application allows the client to add new dogs to their site without any programming knowledge. In addition, it was important that the site was responsive, allowing the client to add dogs from their mobile device.

Project is live at https://okchihuahuas.com