Sheldon Hull // Developer

I put this together as a personal accomplishments page to better keep track of things I’ve accomplished in a more summarized way.

It’s really easy to lose track of stuff like this, so I’ll try to keep this updated with major wins here. Initially, it’s just kinda a LinkedIn professional profile equivalent, but I’m going to try keep track of some “levelups” and wins here as time goes by.

Thanks for stopping by!

Skill Highlight

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 Technical Docs

Professional Profile

Current // Senior Developer

 2014 - Current   Altus Group   Senior Developer (Database & Dev Operations)

Some Highlights

 Senior Individual Contributor with cross-team impact functioning as Database/Site Reliability Engineer

 Started with focus on SQL Server development, architecture, and performance tuning. Migrated to Development operations team during tenure and operated on development through operations. Heavy focus on production reliability for data tier. Additional focus on automation for non-release tasks, such as Terraform deployments, AWS SSM management, automated runbook creation and more. Functioned in part as Site Reliability Engineer with mixed cross-functional impact.

⚡ Part of transformation of on-premise to Cloud based product
⚡ Designed AWS Lambda serverless solution for providing KPI insight
⚡ Improved velocity of infrastructure deployments by using Terraform Cloud, deployed a PaaS based AWS RDS product.
⚡ Built very detailed runbook and documentation library supporting detailed insight on databases, team processes, incident response, and more. Inspired by GitLab’s concept of “handbook first”, I promoted collaborative codification of knowledge among my team
⚡ Designed and built the primary systems management and configuration used to rapidly bootstrap hundreds of instances and allow quickly pushing updates out. solutions.
⚡ Built robust AMI pipelines combining Azure Pipelines & Packer, including automated tests, matrix builds, and detailed documentation.
⚡ Promoted stronger code based pull request driven workflows with “Gitops” focus, code reviews, and mentoring of other junior team members.
⚡ Database Performance tuning, architectural design, and development. ⚡ Initial observability tooling advocate.

Things I Used

MSSQL Server, PowerShell, AWS, AWS SDK, Terraform, Lambda, S3, Athena, Chatops w/Slack, ECS, Docker, Datadog, Grafana, InfluxDB, Telegraf. Python, C#, Excel when I absolutely no other choice, …and a lot more.

Public Artifacts

 Product related work under NDA

 Blog posts on various general concepts related to Databases, DevOps, PowerShell, AWS, and technology

 Implementation Guide This was a major effort in migrating content from an outdated large word doc to static generated website with analytics. Load testing, sizing guides, and more were improved. All docs for SQL Server and load test summaries were due to my efforts. CI driven via markdown file updates made this a quick process to keep things up to date. 👍

2011–2014 SQL Server Developer

 2011-2014   Selene Finance   SQL Developer

 Initially rehired for Asset Analyst work, was recruited into development team after learning SQL. Continued with full SQL Server development

⚡ Relational database design performance, development, and production support
⚡ Performed work on business analyst, qa, and developer for the work assigned.

Other Boring Stuff

In case you are bored, I’ve done this as well:

 Freddie Mac: Loss Mitigation during mortgage crisis
 Litton Loan Servicing: Loss Mitigation during mortgage crisis
 Greentree Servicing: Mortgage Collections
 Synergetic Communications: Mortgage Collections
 Vanderbilt Mortgage: Mortgage Collections
 Worked at a private school teaching
 Worked at a Library & Migrated an entire small military base library from one building the other. The darn dewy decimal system is what I blame for my eyes now. 😁

I’m really glad I’m not working in the mortgage industry & collections oriented roles anymore.

It did teach me to handle high stress situations and do pretty decent at negotation and grow stronger in my communication skills, so there’s some positive to that part of the journey! 😉


 First Programming Language: vba 😆
 Dark Or Light: join the dark side
 Preferred OS: any. Right now using macOS for development, and working in Docker containers when possible
 Terminal: Iterm2 & I ❤️ pwsh

As always, any posts on this site are not a reflection of my past or present employer.