In the age of the Internet specialities must change nearly as quickly as the seasons,
so my real specialty is flexibility.
CR&AInc. is primarily interested in working with established IT Consulting and
Graphic Design firms,
forming strategic long term relationships to facilitate development of
complex features and tools that their clients demand. I'm also open to
work with other types of established companies who need to outsource the building or maintenance
of small to medium scale software systems.
It was the Christmas of 1993 in Guelph, Ontario, when the Roberts family would
find their first PC tucked under the tree. Graced with the bleeding edge in
Microsoft software and given a turbo button by the powers that be,
It would captivate Cameron and kick off the journey that has led us to where we are today.
CR&AInc. is the outcome of two certainties that Cameron has felt since those
early, geeky days: He would run his own business, and he would work with computers.
CR&AInc. is looking to work with professionals who can see past
the stock-photography plagued facades that infest the web.
CR&AInc. is Cameron Roberts, a developer who largely works solo, bringing in
associates to help when only when necessary, providing firms with
direct access to a passionate and high quality developer resource.
- CRM Synchronization script:
This project was salvaged after the original developers were slow
to resolve various accuracy and duplication issues. CR&Ainc solved these
issues and reduced the run time from 12 hours to 4 hours.
Written in PHP, this moderately complex script handles synchronizing
the client's remote sales rep contact databases with a central
cloud based CRM solution
being used by management, 7000+ contacts are updated nightly.
The project is hosted on the clients in-house Windows infrastructure
on an XAMPP stack, and triggered via the Windows task scheduler.
- Content Sharing Bookmarklet:
This exciting "App like" tool allows users to instantly access our clients
social-media broadcasting application from any site they visit.
With the click of a bookmark, the key elements of our clients platform are
and is cross browser compatible.
- Dynamic google documents spreadsheet reporting:
These tools allow administrative & management users to pull reports from
web based CRM tools directly into a standard spreadsheet, using the power
of Google Documents and Google Apps Scripting. Google Apps Scripting is to
Google Documents as VBScript is to Microsoft Office.
- Rich media content delivery solution:
An integrated solution for established mail-order DVD firm's transition
to digital downloads. This web application written in PHP was
integrated with the clients existing shopping cart solution to enable
the delivery of their DVD products as downloadable files. This
solution included a custom anti-piracy measure that allowed for tracking
illicit peer-to-peer distributed copies of their content to
a specific purchaser. The client was able to manage the video content
himself simply by dragging available download files into a folder on his desktop.
- Real-time sports gaming site:
This custom-developed website featured user registration, real-time importing
of sports scores for all major leagues via 3rd party API (XML), and modular
contests devised by the client in which users could take part. Although this
project was initially developed as a demo system only, after two years of
tweaks it became quite mature and was ultimately considered for deployment.
Also included real-time chat. Developed in PHP with a MySQL database.
- Weather Widget:
A simple script which allowed our client to embed real-time weather information
in the website of their tourism destination client's website. Written in PHP with
no database, this script pulled freely available XML from worldweatheronline.com and
allowed our design-firm client to specify weather condition icons developed in house.
- Store locator with map:
This small web app allowed users to locate retailers who carried my Clients product
within a given distance of their postal or zip code information. Results were plotted
on a map as well as listed in text. Users could click through to the Google Maps
directions page. Included importing the customers client list from an Excel file
and the ability to export a list of user searches. Developed in PHP, Flash and
- Product Customization Focused shopping cart:
This eCommerce solution developed for a customized clothing maker
allows customers to preview specific clothing designs with
selectable fabric and fabric combinations. Developed in PHP using OpenCart
Specialties come and go, experience never leave us. These are most of the
technologies that Cameron has learned from at one time or another.
Client Side Scripting & Markup
Server Side Scripting Languages
Payment Processors, API's, and datafeeds
Databases, Storage & File Formats
Web Browsers, cross compatibility
- Google Chrome / Chromium
- Firefox, 1 through 4
- Internet Explorer, 5 through 9
- Safari, 2 through 5
- Netscapes, 1 through 7
- Lynx & Links
- Linux (Debian, CentOS, SuSE, Custom distributions)
- MS-DOS 5.0 through 6.22
- Windows 3.x through Server 2008,
- Unix: AIX, Solaris, Fortune Systems,
Other Programming Languages
- Assembly (x86, Motorolla 68K)
- Turbo Pascal
- PLC Ladder Diagram
Server Software & Configuration
- Apache web Server: 1.3, 2.x,
- Microsoft IIS 6, 7
- XAMPP stack
- MySQL Daemon
- Postfix Mailer
- Exim Mailer
- Bind (DNS)
- ftp daemon
- Pound (reverse proxy)
- Common Unix Printing System (CUPS)
- linux infrared daemon (lircd)
- Renegade BBS
- Hostplus BBS
Userland Tools & Utilities
- Subversion (SVN)
- Xwindows (Xorg, XFree86)
- ping, traceroute, etc.
- Shells: Bash, zsh, tcsh, Command Shell