Richard C. Hamlin

I'm a Rails developer based in San Antonio, Texas. I develop software using agile and test-driven development methodologies. I'm also an advocate of employing Rails Best Practices such as Tell-Don't Ask, and DRY coding principles.


Work Experience

2013 - now


from April 2013 to present

Freelance Developer

Independent software developer providing application optimization and website development solutions for a wide range of clientele using Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JQuery, RSpec, Capybara, PostgreSQL, and MySQL.

  • Re-designed internal employee evaluation application, and performed model optimization resulting in 65% faster performance, and implemented a multi-lingual interface for national restaurant chain.

  • Developed website ahead of schedule for plastic surgery practice incorporating enhanced functionality to streamline administrative tasks such as electronic invoicing and online appointment scheduling.
2001 - 2013

Farm Bureau Bank

Jan 2001 to April 2013

IS Officer

Led the Information Systems and Technology operations to ensure efficient and secure functioning of all banking applications and systems. Ensured adequate development and technical resources availability. Established project driven data-analysis and information collection methodologies to meet corporate initiatives.

  • Developed an online application that allowed pre-screened customers in good standing to participate in the “skip-a-pay” program, allowing customers to skip a loan payment, which resulted in an incremental $50K in annual revenue.

  • Developed an online application that allowed vehicle loan payments to be submitted online via ACH, credit card, or internal account transfer, eliminating the funds verification process, and reducing outbound call-backs for the Collections department by 25%.

  • Authored an enterprise-wide intranet application to facilitate the automation of on-boarding new hires resulting in a 65% reduction in on-boarding time across multiple functions.

  • Established software development policies and procedures to better ensure standardization among the development community inclusive of the software development lifecycle, coding methodologies, and metrics.

  • Enhanced the online banking account profile page by adding various account and data-driven elements. Provided additional functionality utilizing 3rd party vendor provided API's to integrate disparate. Overall, enhancements reduced inbound call volume to the call center by 15%, thus allowing call center representatives to focus on outbound call campaigns.

  • Championed the creation of an application to automate bank account screening and financial reporting to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), FINCEN.gov and the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), reducing administrative time from 12 hours a month, to virtually zero hours per instance.

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1998 - 2001


from February 1998 to Jan 2001

Systems Engineer

  • Maintained the USAA.com website, including the production and software testing platforms. Conducted application testing and debugging for all lines of business including P&C, Banking, Real Estate, and Brokerage services. Performed all software code deployments to production and testing environments.

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1988 - 1992

Texas State University

from 1988 to 1992

BS in Microbiology

6 credit hours remaining.

Professional Certifications

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Certified Ethical Hacker

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Developing full-featured and comprehensive applications using the Ruby on Rails framework requires an in-depth knowledge of numerous development languages and technologies. Ensuring that your application is performant, scales well and can be easily adapted or expanded in the future dictates that the application must be crafted following specific development disciplines. Facilitating these principles, I offer the following services to my clients while maintaining the highest levels of code quality, design and communication.

Software Code

Front-End Development

HTML5, CSS3, SASS, HAML, Bootstrap and JQuery.


Back-End Development

Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL, MySQL & PostgreSQL databases. TDD / BDD using RSpec and Capybara.

Application Optimization

Application Management

Heroku, AWS and EngineYard PaaS. GitHub, Bitbucket and Pivotal Tracker.

Recent Works

K&N Management

Our Core Values are: Excellence, Quality, Integrity & Relationships.

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Mighty Fine Burgers

Our obesssion with quality begins with our burgers.

Looking for a Developer?

Whether you have an existing project, or you're looking to build a new cutting-edge application, I can facilitate your success. The easiest way to get ahold of me is to call me, or send me a message and I promise to respond quickly. I look forward to helping you bring your application to life!

  • +210.323.8556
  • richard@railsfoundry.com