Vinny Alves, Whitby (GTA), Canada
vinny [at] usestrict [dot] net



To provide creative and innovating solutions using Perl and PHP allied with Oracle and MySQL databases, as well as other Web and non-Web techniques.

Work Experience

03/2011 – Present: UseStrict Consulting

Customize WordPress and third-party plugins without touching their source code, thus allowing clients to keep receiving updates. Create web applications based on WordPress using custom written plugins. Profile at usestrict

02/2010 – Present: SiteSell Inc., Montreal, Canada

Responsible for fixing bugs in the company’s legacy Perl codebase, and developing new projects such as integrating with Facebook and adopting UTF-8 as default encoding for customer’s sites. Technical Lead for WordPress development.

12/2005 – 01/2010: IBM Brazil, Hortolandia, São Paulo

IT Specialist/Team Lead: Provided support for numbering system for large US Telecom company; Developed scripts and programs to enhance several systems; Analyzed data to determine the root cause of data inconsistencies caused by billing systems; Drove fixes for the issues discovered; Trained new resources; Installed and configured Apache/mod_perl and developed new web- and console applications using Perl, PHP, Javascript, CSS, MySQL, and Oracle.

06/2005 – 10/2005: Sun Microsystems/Brazilian Govmt., Porto Alegre

Linux Instructor: Taught basic and advanced Linux system administration to young adults in a joint venture between Sun Microsystems and the Brazilian Government in an effort to reduce software piracy.

05/2002 – 12/2004: Atechs/Servisites – São Paulo, Brazil

Linux System Administrator/Web Developer: Built and configured a web hosting company using Linux and Windows servers (Web servers, DNS servers, Mail servers, Antivirus, Firewall, etc), and developed several websites for the company’s clients.

1994 – 2005: English instructor

Taught English to executives and teenagers at several different companies and institutions.


College Diploma – IT Management. (Global avg. 9.02 out of 10)


– Perl, PHP, SQL programming
– HTML, CSS, JavaScript
– Apache web server
– MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL
– Linux System Administration
– JQuery, Ajax, Codeigniter, Magento, OSTicket, WordPress


– dynamic content controlled by scheduling or geo-location to be used in any site.
– MyWebChat: a basic chat application using Ajax
– Jobs by UseStrict: a job listing aggregator

Awards and Achievements


  • See recommendations on LinkedIn
  • Awarded for best idea for the IBM IDEAS program in May 2009;
  • Received best possible evaluation in IBM’s Personal Business Commitment in 2008, and second best in 2007;
  • Received official recognition for performance by IBM Senior account VP in 2008;
  • Achieved Leadership position after 6 months on the job;
  • Was recognized as lead performer on issue-root-cause analysis and system enhancement;
  • Was considered SME for Sprint/Nextel NMS and DGS applications (Operations, Development and Production Support);
  • Developed a Perl/PHP console and Web applications for daily routines and issue tracking;
  • Constantly received kudos for being proactive and solving difficult problems quickly;
  • Completely overhauled a Java application using Perl and improved SQL queries, reducing the run time in 70%;
  • Trained several team in Perl programming;

At SiteSell:

  • Started solving problems with little to no training time;
  • Received kudos from the company owner, president, and VP on several occasions;