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Peter Lavin

Peter Lavin - Editor

Toronto, Canada

Experienced author and editor with specialized knowledge of programming, internet technologies and XML authoring tools.

Overview

I'm a published author (O'Reilly Media and No Starch Press) who has worked for a number of years as a technical writer. I have detailed knowledge of internet technologies and computer programming and am available for content editing, copy editing, proofreading and technical review. I have extensive experience creating documents in HTML, PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats.



- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, published numerous articles for magazines, newspapers and online sites

- Familiar with a variety of web technologies used in building websites for business, professional and personal use - see http://www.softcoded.com

- Author of books "Object-oriented PHP" and "DocBook for Writers" and contributor to "PHP Hacks" (O'Reilly Media, 2005)

- Technical reviewer for "PHP: The Good Parts" (O'Reilly Media, 2010)

- Delivered presentation on PHP and Apache Solr at Northeast PHP 2012 (Boston)

- Delivered presentation on MySQL utilities at the Ontario Linux Fest 2008 (Toronto)

- Created Java frontend for MySQL (http://sourceforge.net/projects/mysqlgraphic/)

- Experienced using Subversion and XML for creation and maintenance of documentation in a variety of formats

- Developed Android applications for personal and professional use

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet Education & Reference Publishing Technology

Certifications

  • Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst Diploma, CDI College of Business & Technology, Toronto
  • Masters Degree in Political Science, York University, Toronto
  • Honours Degree in Political Science, York University, Toronto (First Class Honours)

Work experience

Senior Technical Writer

Open Text (formerly Actuate Canada) Toronto, ON

December, 2014 – March, 2015 (3 months)

Used MKS and RoboHelp to maintain existing documentation of enterprise software, originated new documentation as required

Interacted with developers, internal users and QA personnel to develop documentation

Developed scripts for validating documentation

Senior Technical Writer

Message Systems (Columbia, MD - remote employee)

March, 2008 – July, 2014 (over 6 years)

Developed processes for validating documentation and improving the speed and quality of documentation

Used data from Google Analytics to modify documentation presentation and search

Implemented Apache Solr as documentation search engine

Upgraded to DocBook 5.0 and the latest XSLT style sheets

Used PHP to output XML "databases" in different formats

Performed installations in order to better document applications

Used Subversion and DocBook to maintain existing documentation of email-related enterprise software, originated new documentation as required

Interacted with developers, internal users and QA personnel to develop documentation

Wrote scripts and used the Autotools toolset to transform DocBook XML into HTML, EPUB and PDF format

Automated document validation and updates, used doxygen to generate documentation from internal source code comments

Technical Writer

MySQL AB (Uppsala, Sweden )

June, 2006 – March, 2008 (over 1 year)

Originated new documentation for MySQL software products including Workbench, GUI Tools and commercial monitoring software

Assisted in maintenance of the MySQL manual

Used Subversion and DocBook to maintain existing documentation of the MySQL database

Portfolio (4 selected works)

DocBook for Writers

Peter Lavin

This book is an introduction to DocBook aimed at technical writers rather than developers. It explains how to use and install the DocBook schema and transformation files and it identifies the tools required to write, transform and validate DocBook. Instructions are provided for doing this on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.Customized transformation style sheets are provided for creating HTML, PDF ... read more

This book is an introduction to DocBook aimed at technical writers rather than developers. It explains how to use and install the DocBook schema and transformation files and it identifies the tools required to write, transform and validate DocBook. Instructions are provided for doing this on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.Customized transformation style sheets are provided for creating HTML, PDF ... read more

PHP Hacks: Tips & Tools For Creating Dynamic Websites

Jack D. Herrington

Programmers love its flexibility and speed; designers love its accessibility and convenience. When it comes to creating web sites, the PHP scripting language is truly a red-hot property. In fact, PHP is currently used on more than 19 million web sites, surpassing Microsoft's ASP .NET technology in popularity. Not surprisingly, this surge in usage has resulted in a number of PHP books hitting t... read more

Programmers love its flexibility and speed; designers love its accessibility and convenience. When it comes to creating web sites, the PHP scripting language is truly a red-hot property. In fact, PHP is currently used on more than 19 million web sites, surpassing Microsoft's ASP .NET technology in popularity. Not surprisingly, this surge in usage has resulted in a number of PHP books hitting t... read more

PHP: The Good Parts

Peter MacIntyre

Get past all the hype about PHP and dig into the real power of this language. This book explores the most useful features of PHP and how they can speed up the web development process, and explains why the most commonly used PHP elements are often misused or misapplied. You'll learn which parts add strength to object-oriented programming, and how to use certain features to integrate your applic... read more

Get past all the hype about PHP and dig into the real power of this language. This book explores the most useful features of PHP and how they can speed up the web development process, and explains why the most commonly used PHP elements are often misused or misapplied. You'll learn which parts add strength to object-oriented programming, and how to use certain features to integrate your applic... read more

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