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Michael Safyan

Michael Safyan

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Senior Software Engineer at Google

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English
ABOUT ME
Senior Software Engineer at Google Inc. in Search working on the backend serving infrastructure for Knowledge Graph, a massive database of millions of real-world things and billions of connections between them, which is used to power "cards" that summarize information about those things (such as when searching for famous books, movies,TV shows, music albums, celebrities, politicians, places, etc.). In addition to working at Google during the day, I also moonlight as a tutor and mentor. Answering programming questions is a passion of mine, as can be seen from my StackOverflow profile (where I am in the top 0.3% by reputation)
EXPERTISE
Cplusplus expert help C++ - 12 years experience
C++ is the first programming language I ever learned, so I literally have been programming in C++ as long as I've been programming. Though I am no Matt Austern (a fellow Googler who sits on the ISO C++ standards committee), I am extremely well-versed in C++ and consider myself to be an expert in the langauge. I use C++ for my work on a regular basis, contributing new and modifying existing C++ code in a massive, highly complex code base. I regularly conduct code reviews for C++ changes by fellow Googlers, and I conduct code reviews where the candidate's primary language is C++. Prior to Google, I used C++ all throughout my college years (and before that, in high school, when I taught myself the language) and in various internships. In addition to the language, itself, I am also rather familiar with systems programming; at one point, as hobby / when I was first learning C++, I attempted to write a cross-platform library that incorporated nearly every capability imaginable. While this turned out to be an ill-informed and fruitless effort, it resulted in gaining deeper knowledge of the UNIX (a.k.a. IEEE Std 1003.1 POSIX) specification as well as their analogues in the WIN32 API. Both C++ and Java are my strongest programming languages, and I consider myself extremely qualified to provide help and advice related to C++ programming. I hope that you will take advantage of my knowledge and experience in this area. For more about my qualifications, please see: https://www.michaelsafyan.com/resume
Java expert help Java - 11 years experience
As a Senior Software Engineer at Google, I am frequently writing new Java code and contributing to existing Java code in a massive, highly complicated code base. I frequently advises / mentor more junior engineers on Java-related changes. I've provided 1:1 mentoring in Java to other software engineers at Google. I also regularly review Java code changes at Google and conduct interviews with candidates programming in Java. While I'm no Joshua Bloch (the creator of the Java API), I do consider myself to be a Java expert. Both Java and C++ are my strongest programming languages, and I consider myself extremely qualified to provide help and advice related to Java programming. I hope you will take advantage of my expertise. For more about my qualifications, please see: https://www.michaelsafyan.com/resume
Python expert help Python - 7 years experience
Python is one of my favorite programming languages. I've used Python extremely frequently during and since college (where I used it for a large fraction of my assignments). Outside of work, most of my Python usage has been in the creation of websites hosted on Google App Engine (such as my personal website). And, at work, I've written an internal debugging tool on App Engine with Python, I've modified or contributed to numerous Python-based tools, and written Python scripts to automate my own workflows. I also review Python code written by fellow software engineers and conduct interviews of candidates whose primary language is in Python. For more about my qualifications, please see: https://www.michaelsafyan.com/resume
Javascript expert help JavaScript - 7 years experience
At Google, I have written JavaScript on more than one occasion (usually in conjunction with the Google Closure library), I review and critique JavaScript code written by fellow engineers, and I conduct interviews for candidates whose expertise is in JavaScript. I have also used JavaScript in some of my internships and courses prior to Google. Outside of work, I have written and continue to write JavaScript code for various hobbyist projects, usually with the aim of sharpening my skill set and picking up new frameworks; lately, I have been experimenting with Polymer web components. For more about my qualifications, please see: https://www.michaelsafyan.com/resume
Html css expert help HTML/CSS - 5 years experience
At Google, I have written plenty of HTML and CSS code for various pieces of the Knowledge Graph UI in Search. I also regularly review HTML and CSS contributions to Google Search from fellow software engineers. And I continue exercising my skills in a hobbyist capacity (such as for my own personal website). For more about my qualifications, please see: https://www.michaelsafyan.com/resume
No icon Build system - 5 years experience
I've used a number of different build systems, ranging from GNU Make to Bazel (Google's open source build system). I also have some passing familiarity with Ant, Maven, Gradle, Grunt, etc. I am very comfortable with Make and know enough about these other systems to be dangerous with them. If you need help deciding on a build system, setting up a build workflow, or debugging your build process, this is something that I can likely help you with.
TUTORIALs
GITHUB
my-nix-setup 2   0
Customized BASH profile and various small utility scripts that I use to be more productive.
Shell Python
bazel-wrapper 0   0
An *unofficial* wrapper script for Bazel
Python
guava 0   0
Google Core Libraries for Java 6+
CSS Java Shell
java-yield 0   0
Easy Iterable construction in Java with Pythonic yield syntax
Java Makefile
python-docs-samples 0   0
Code samples used on cloud.google.com
CSS HTML Shell Python JavaScript
STACK OVERFLOW
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REVIEWS
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5.0
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Awesome mentor!
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Super helpful! Gave really clear in-depth explanations of concepts I have been struggling with.
David Lee Apr 06, 2016