Liane E. Allen

Contact: site owner <- all one word


Experienced web professional, who is particularly skilled at helping non-technical people understand complex technical concepts.

Skills Summary

  • Ruby on Rails
  • CSS
  • JQuery
  • Postresql
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • Agile methodoligies
  • WordPress
  • Technical Writing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Project Management

Experience Highlights

Web Development and Design

I’m a graduate of thoughtbot’s Metis Ruby on Rails Bootcamp. In Metis, I learned to code in Ruby, using Rails 4, and jQuery, and a great deal more.

Projects include:
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  • Women on Wikipedia – a tool for screen-scraping wikipedia biographies, determining the genders of the subjects, and generating basic statistics from the results. (Waiting for UI from the designer)

Prior to Metis, I directed software engineering, IT, and QA teams through the successful development and deployment of:

  • A highly-scalable, highly-reliable e-commerce system,
  • A highly-scalable, highly-reliable remote software management/licensing system,
  • Corporate extra- and intranet systems.

For multiple websites, I created, co-created, and did editing using the following:

  • CMS: OS Commerce/ZenCart with CivicSpace,
  • Blogging platforms: WordPress, Blogger,
  • Widgets: Twitter and rss feeds.

Employment History

Independent Consultant

2004 – present
Web admin for and, among others.

Groove Networks, Inc.

1999 – 2004
Oversaw successful public site launch: 300k+ users on first day.
Director: Commerce, Integration, and Management Infrastructure

Thunderhouse, Inc.

1999 – 1999
Web Producer for Nestle USA

NewsEdge Corporation

1995 – 1999
Wrote one of the first, ever, html-based API guides.
Senior Tech Writer, Software QA Manager

Independent Consultant

1993 – 1995

Cytyc Corporation

1991 – 1993
First PMA application for a medical device to receive unanimous approval on 1st attempt.
Singled-out by FDA for exemplary writing.

Senior Technical Writer, Editor

Additional Skills


  • Researched and wrote web and software privacy policies and EULAs,
  • Researched FTC regulations for software subject to US export control,
  • Edited and co-wrote the successful FDA Premarket Approval Application for the Cytyc ThinPrep,
  • Researched EU labeling regulations for solutions containing methanol – I discovered a little known exception, saving the company tens of thousands of dollars in packaging costs.

Contract Negotiation/Legal Agreements

  • Reviewed license agreements – I discovered a clause in one Microsoft agreement that would have consigned the rights to our company’s software to Microsoft, and got Microsoft to remove it,
  • Negotiated contracts for software licenses, web hosting, and co-location services,
  • Negotiated the rights to use Disney assets on a multi-national corporation’s web site,
  • Co-wrote and edited web services “service level agreements” (SLAs).

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