Portfolio

Here are some examples of the things I’ve worked on. If you’re looking for my resume, you can find it here

Joyent Documentation

I worked on a lot of things at Joyent:

Most of the work I did at Joyent is still up on the web.

Joyent Public Cloud Documentation

JPC is Joyent’s public cloud service. After setting up an account, customers can spin up virtual machines, and manage their Manta storage.

The Role Based Access Control section is typical of my work in this section.

This section was complicated because it applies to the Joyent Public Cloud and the the Manta storage product. It has both a command-line interface and a web interface available through the Joyent portal

CloudAPI Documentation

The CloudAPI documentation describes the public API that customers can use to provision and manage virtual machines. The API is available as a REST API, a command-line interface, and a node.js SDK.

I wrote most of the Getting Started section which walked customers through installation and basic usage. The initial API documentation was scaffolded by the developers. I edited each entry, made sure that all the result codes were listed, and verified the examples.

Manta Documentation

Manta is Joyent’s object storage product. Its unique feature is that customers can run jobs on the stored data without spinning up instances and transferring data.

The Manta documentation’s Getting Started section includes an overview of the service, a guided introduction to working with data, and an introduction to running compute jobs on the data. I wrote most of this section.

The rest of the Manta documentation is made up of references pages for various parts of the system. I wrote the reference sections based on notes from the developers. The basic API documentation was scaffolded by the developers. I edited the API documentation and verified the examples.

Finally, I wrote the tools that collected the different kinds of documentation (prose, API references, man pages, etc.) and produced the unified documentation page.

SmartDataCenter Documentation

SmartDataCenter is the software that runs the Joyent Public Cloud. Since mid–2015 it has been rebranded as Triton Elastic Container.

SmartDataCenter 6.5 was the version used until early 2014. I wrote most of the SmartDataCenter 6.5 documentation. This documentation set was originally hosted as Confluence wiki. It has since been migrated to Kirby, so some odd formatting artifacts may appear.

The SmartDataCenter 7 documentation started as a clone of the SmartDataCenter 6.5 documentation on an internal Confluence wiki. This documentation was updated by developers and customer support to describe the new version. I wrote tools to convert these topics to Markdown for the Kirby CMS.

Tools and Extras

In the course of my work I provisioned and destroyed bunches of instances, so I wrote a set of bash scripts, sdctools to make this easier.

I needed to convert a bunch of Confluence wiki pages to Markdown, and I wanted to play with node.js, so I wrote confluence2markdown to do this.

HP EAsE Administrator Guide

HP Email Archiving software for Exchange (HP EAsE) “is a combination of hardware and software that archives mail from [an] Exchange server to external storage.” I updated the administrator guide to reflect changes in the software, including a completely new user interface and support for SMTP journaling. This guide is intended for moderately technical users, typically IT support staff and MS Exchange administrators.

As part of this project, I also updated the installation guide (for internal HP use), and the Users Guide.

VisionPro

VisionPro is Cognex’s general purpose vision software product. It provides both an interactive development environment as well as a rich .NET-based vision library. Here are the sections I worked on and some of the pages I wrote.

VisionPro Programming Reference

The Programming Reference is the API reference to the hundreds of classes and methods VisionPro class library. The documentation for ICogAcqFifo.CompleteAcquire Method is a good example of what the pages in this section looked like. I wrote the bulk of the Programming Reference section.

VisionPro Application Development Guide

The Application Development Guide section led customers through the steps needed to create a vision application using VisionPro’s interactive development tools. Creating a Vision Application takes a new user from opening launching VisionPro to generating a complete vision application. I wrote most of the Application Development section.

VisionPro Users Guide

The Users Guide section helped customers learn how to combine the VisionPro components to build vision applications. This section included practical advice on selecting the best parameters for various vision tools as well as instruction on how to make use of the VisionPro framework. I wrote most of the programming-related topics such About Events in VisionPro, which describes generally the events that VisionPro raises and responds to, and Using Changed Events, which is a walkthrough that illustrates how to write the code to handle events.

GigE Vision Cameras User’s Guide

The GigE Vision Cameras User’s Guide (pdf) is one of the few printed pieces of documentation included with VisionPro. It describes how to configure the drivers used to support Gigabit Ethernet cameras.

CVL

CVL (Cognex Vision Library) is a very large C++ library. This manual was designed to be printed, but exists now as a PDF file. The entire document is quite large (over 3000 pages and nearly 17MB), but this short section that describes the ccAcqFifo class is representative. I designed the page layout for this manual.