Hi, I’m Ethan Axelrod. I graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a BA in Economics and Applied Computing Systems. In 2015, I struck out on my own and I have been a self-employed developer for the five and a half years since. In that time I have delivered more than 40 projects for my clients.
I specialize in the design and development of web applications, especially ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems and e-commerce websites. When I get to pick the technologies a project is built with, I use React for the frontend and Ruby on Rails for the backend. However, I frequently maintain projects involving PHP/MySQL including WordPress.
I started off in 2015 building simple websites for local small businesses using a piece of software called IMCreator. One day in 2016 a client said to me, “IMCreator is really ‘Ethan creator’ because I can never make changes. WordPress is the future.” After doing some research, I agreed with my client’s assessment, learned WordPress, and by 2017 I was starting every new project with it. As a WordPress specialist, I was building better looking sites and clients could edit the text and image content, but the sites were still simple.
In 2018 I started doing web application development when I got a project from a property management firm to build an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system to manage their clients, tenants, employees and an array of third party service providers they used as their service providers. After that project, I began focusing on web applications.
Although that first web application was built with PHP/MySQL, I soon learned Ruby on Rails which I find faster to develop in and better suited to web application development.
Today I mostly build ERP and e-commerce websites for my clients. I specialize in Ruby on Rails and React and I eat, breathe, and dream ERP.
- Relevant Coursework: C++ for Scientists and Engineers (A), Database Design (A), Large Scale Computation (A), Data Visualization (A), Applied Computing Capstone Project (A), Business Intelligence (A-), Topics in Mathematical Economics (A-).
- Built a scientific calculator as my final project in C++ class.
- Built a multithreaded Java program that finds the value of pi via Monte Carlo technique using 10 billion points for Large Scale Computation class. (Turns out Pi = 3.14)
- Built a web crawler in Python to determine what percentage of pages on the web consist of W3C valid HTML by crawling a statistically representative set of domains for my Applied Computing Capstone project in fall 2014. (It was 11.34%)
- Microsoft Certified Specialist in Excel and Access (the business school forced this on me, which has a lot to do with why I changed major to Economics.)
- Activities/Leadership: Tulane Entrepreneur Association, Chess Club, Debate Club, Physics Club, Math Club, Fencing