Sunday, 3 October 2010

Property websites development experience

I was fortunate enough to be involved in a range of projects for real estate companies and large property developers between 1999 and 2008.

Infinity Investment Group
- Responded to request for proposal with a detailed estimate and planned approach for the Pegasus Town properties site (still live in a less functional form at: http://properties.pegasustown.com/ ).

- Participated in discussions with CEO and executives during inception.

- Liaised with designers to fit site within look and feel of their existing content managed platform.

- Coordinated development of dynamically updating township images and associated bid registration system.

- Updated system to work as a live auction held at the Westpac Arena for their sale day.

- Configured a secondary website for the sale of land for the Peninsula Bay land development project.

Technologies involved included:
- Java 5
- Struts
- Tiles
- PostgreSQL with GIS extensions (aka PostGIS)
- SQL Server 2008
- Javascript, HTML, CSS
- JPox JDO for Object Relational Mapping
- Geotools
- Debian Linux
- Tomcat
- Eclipse and CVS as the development environment and version control respectively.
- Servlets
- JSPs
- JSTL

Harcourts Group (New Zealand's largest real estate franchiser)
- Development of UI components in Swing for a rich client trust accounting system used by frachisee offices administrators.

- Development of data feeds to and from national real estate bodies in New Zealand and Australia. Built up modules and scripts in Perl to access large volumes of data in XML and CSV formats.

- Pair programming for the new listing and open home alert system, where visitors to the site could register to receive alerts by text message and email as new listings and open homes were coming up for properties that matched their criteria.

Technologies involved included:
- Java 1.2 - 5
- Perl 5
- Tomcat
- IIS 4
- SOAP web service for SMS gateway
- SQL Server 6, 7

Colliers Jardine New Zealand
- Development of a public website for property listings of different types of commercial property in a team of 3 developers.

- Implementation of change requests, ranging from tweaks to full campaigns with separate domain names.


Technologies involved included:
- Internet Information Server 4
- Classic ASP pages written in Perlscript
- Custom developed Perl modules
- CPAN Perl modules
- SQL Server 7

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