Résumé of David B. Lamkins

Portland, OR 97214, USA

mailto: david@lamkins.net


Experience delivering successful software products.

Developed (architecture through delivery) specialized technical
software used and sold by top companies in their respective

Broad-based knowledge and experience in many aspects of software
and system development, including artificial intelligence,
databases, graphics, video, audio, real-time progamming, device
drivers, operating systems, memory management, garbage collection,
data networking (design, analysis, monitoring, troubleshooting),
language compilers and interpreters, fraud detection, textual
content recognition, and web applications.

Developed web-based applications (including AJAX) using HTML, PHP,
Apache, XML, XSLT, JavaScript, CSS, Groovy, Jetty and Java.

Experience maintaining, enhancing, upgrading and refactoring large
(500,000 line) software systems.

Development of algorithms and APIs in portable C and C++.
Maintenance and performance tuning of existing systems.
Architectural design and implementation of complex systems,
including distributed systems and knowledge-based systems (product
configuration, network design, network analysis.)

Eight years of Technical Supervision experience.

Writing of technical briefs and white papers. Public
presentations to decision-makers.

Unix/Linux, Windows NT and Mac OS commercial development

Over two decades of commercial C experience in both applications
and systems programming. Nine years commercial use of Common Lisp
for design, prototyping, and implementation. Three years of
commercial C++ experience in real-time knowledge-base systems
development. Eight years of commercial experience developing web
applications using HTML, CSS, XML, XSL, JavaScript, PHP, Groovy,
Jetty and Java.

Personal discipline includes time tracking, defect tracking,
documentation writing, version control, and configuration

Published author: Successful Lisp.

Excellent references available on request.


  • Developed and implemented software to extract textual information
    from Rich Internet Applications.
  • Developed and maintained web-based interfaces to configure complex
    business systems.
  • Added generalized document workflow management capabilities and
    numerous new features and enhancements to SwiftSend secure document
    delivery system.
  • Wrote text categorization software originally sold by
    Rulespace and used by AOL, Yahoo and Inktomi.
  • Wrote telecommunications fraud detection software sold by
    AMDOCS and used by PacBell and other RBOCs.
  • Wrote best-of-show computer network discovery, monitoring
    and troubleshooting software sold by Network Associates.
  • Wrote knowledge-baseed system software used by Motorola to
    analyze customer data networks and specify and configure
  • Wrote video game software for Parker Brothers and Activision.
  • Designed, built and programmed real-time hardware and
    software for customers in numerous industries.

Work History

Galois (start December 2013)

Member of Technical Staff

Research and development

Symantec.cloud (February 2011 to December 2013)

Principal Software Engineer

Developed and improved software for fast, robust text classification of web content. Developed and implemented a method to extract textual information from embedded and nested Javascripts, such as those used by Facebook and Google. Developed and implemented a system to index a document cache having a turnover of millions of documents each day.

Chockstone (October 2007 to February 2011)

Senior Software Developer

Developed and maintained web-based interfaces to configure complex
business systems.

SwiftView/eLynx (June 2003 to October 2007)

Senior Software Developer

Added generalized document workflow management capabilities and
numerous enhancements and new features to SwiftSend secure document
delivery system. Created XML/XSLT framework and converted web-based
UI to this framework. Converted existing web interfaces to AJAX.
Created tools and techniques to automate testing of business-layer
rules and data. Created tools to enable customers to access
SwiftSend via XML.

Rulespace (June 1999 to May 2003)

Principal Software Engineer

Designed, developed, supported and maintained content recognition and filtering software.
Delivered major product upgrades by anticipating needs, starting
development in advance of requirements, and incorporating
additions and changes as required. Improved performance and
reliability of company's core product. Maintained and enhanced
company's core software through periodic planned updates.

AMDOCS / Dynamics Research Corp. (March 1998 to June 1999)

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Developed and maintained knowledge-based systems used for
telecommunications fraud detection.

Network Associates / Network General (September 1994 to March 1998)

Manager, Expert Systems Development

(September 1995 to March 1998)

Led research into methods of detecting problems in computer networks.
Project lead for accurate, low-overhead network topology and data source
discovery. Version 1.0 product won Best-of-Show awards. Developed
product enhancements for several additional releases.

Project Leader/Technical Leader, Expert Systems Products

(September 1994 through September 1995)

Analysis and design of knowledge-based systems for telecommunications.

Motorola Codex (1984 to August 1994)

Paid Voluntary Separation

(May 1994 through August 1994)

Took separation package during corporate downsizing in order to seek relocation.

Principal Engineer, System Architecture

(October 1993 to May 1994)

Designed a layered system architecture to combine diverse
applications and data sources in a multi-vendor environment for a
knowledge based enterprise information and workgroup collaboration system.

Principal Engineer, Mac Software Development

(July 1990 to September 1993)

Developed portions of a Macintosh-based system for design and
configuration of communications networks. Developed engine and rules
for knowledge-based system configuration of telecommunications products.

Designed and implemented a file format for transfer of structured
information between telecommunications network design tools.

Principal Engineer, Systems Programming

(October 1986 to June 1990)

Supervised five systems programmers and administrators responsible
for standalone and clustered VAX/VMS systems. Developed and
implemented tools and procedures for system management, security &
auditing, source code control, configuration management, networking of
shared resources, and performance analysis & tuning.

Supported several hundred users, providing consultation and
training via telephone, email, and one-on-one and small-group

Senior Engineer, Networking Product Development

(July 1985 to September 1986)

Developed device-level software for data communications. Designed
Macintosh GUI software for network management.

Senior Engineer, Teleconferencing Product Development

(April 1984 to June 1985)

Developed software for data communications and image processing.

Activision (1982 through 1984)

Video Game Designer

Developed ROM software for Atari 2600 video game console.

Parker Brothers (1982)

Video Game Development Manager

Managed a group of video game software developers and acted as
Engineering's liaison to Marketing. Released all titles on schedule.

Senior Engineer

Designed the hardware architecture for and supervised the
development of a custom microprocessor emulator. Implemented emulator
control and host communications software.

Processor Sciences (1979 through 1982)

Member of Consulting Staff

Met with customers to determine project goals, including
functionality, cost, and schedule. Developed technical and business
proposals. Specified, designed, implemented, tested, and delivered
hardware and software systems per customer requirements. Developed
and delivered customer documentation and training.

DBL Electronics (1977 through 1979)

Sole Proprietor

While finishing school, provided contract hardware and software
implementation services.

Executive Games (1975 through 1977)

Lead Technician

Hired, trained, and supervised a staff of five technicians to do
board-level repair of consumer electronics equipment. Participated in
developing engineering prototypes of new products.


"Successful Lisp: How to Understand and Use Common
Lisp", ISBN 3-937526-00-5, 360 ppg., Bookfix.com, December 2004


B.S. Cum Laude Computer Science

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1979.