Alex Brombal

Hello, world.

I am a full-stack web developer—currently, I dream in php, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

I have a strong passion for hand-crafted code that is clean, well-organized, cross-browser compatible, and standards compliant. My goal is to bridge the gap between beautiful code and beautiful user experience.

I'm also pretty awesome at these things too:

  • User experience
  • Information Architecture
  • Web design
  • iOS & Android development
  • Server-side development
  • Database administration
  • Linux server administration


recent projects


ROLE lead developer/architect

This is an active personal project that I maintain, mostly as a portfolio piece. It is a custom php web application. I am responsible for every aspect of development, technical architecture, and server administration.

The Dallas Morning News

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ROLE lead developer/architect

A popular iOS and Android app that brings The Dallas Morning News to consumers' mobile devices. I led architecture and development efforts for both the mobile app and back-end ReST services.

National Basketball Referee Association

ROLE lead developer/architect

A custom (from scratch) wordpress theme for the organization's online presence.

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program

ROLE lead developer/architect

A mobile app for kids and a corresponding teacher dashboard website that was created as a digital supplement to the pen-and-paper format that has been around for years. I was the developer of the mobile game app (built in Cocos2D) and led the development team of the teacher dashboard website (C#/.Net).

Airway Management

ROLE lead developer/architect

Another custom wordpress theme for a business who needed an updated online presence.

Projects on GitHub

To see more of my code, don't forget to checkout my GitHub projects. I am @alexbrombal and @brombal.


Here are some of the technologies and skills that I use regularly. The list is not exhaustive but contains those that I am most interested in.


  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Knockout
  • Underscore
  • Vagrant
  • Node / npm
  • php
  • Wordpress
  • git
  • Mongo
  • SQL
  • ReST implementations

pretty good

  • Photoshop
  • User experience
  • Information Architecture
  • Backbone.js
  • express
  • C# / .NET
  • Objective-C / iOS platform
  • Java / Android platform
  • Unit testing
  • Google Analytics
  • Relational database architecture
  • Linux/apache server admin


  • Titanium Appcelerator
  • PhoneGap
  • OpenGL
  • High performance ARM assembly
  • iOS Game Center
  • In-app purchases
  • Push notifications
  • Cocos2d graphics framework
  • Chipmunk physics engine
  • OS X (Cocoa) application development
  • Sphinx full-text search
  • ffmpeg video/audio processing


March 2014 – Present

Lead Developer / Technical Architect

Commerce House

  • Led front-end and back-end development efforts on several client-facing websites and native mobile (iOS and Android) apps.
  • Responsible for a team of front-end developers, including managing workflow, code reviews, knowledge sharing, etc.
  • In charge of all major technical decisions on client projects, internal projects, and development tools.
March 2012 – March 2014

Senior Mobile & Front-end Developer

GameStop Corp,

  • Led front-end development efforts on and
  • Led mobile application development efforts on GameStop's iOS and Android app.
  • Led development on internal OS X desktop applications.
  • Responsible for a team of front-end developers, including managing workflow, code reviews, knowledge sharing, etc.
  • Worked in an agile/scrum environment with a team of developers, designers, QA analysts, and managers.
May 2011 – Present

Freelance Web Developer (owner of Brombal, LLC)

Brombal, LLC

Currently operating as a freelance web developer, with responsibilities ranging from project discovery, information architecture, front-end development, user experience and visual design, to server-side development, database architecture, and server maintenance.

January 2009 – May 2011

Interactive Developer

hawkeye interactive

  • Developed cutting-edge marketing websites and e-mails with a specific focus on front end interactive technologies.
  • Integrated and maintained several open source and proprietary CMS solutions for large-scale websites.
  • Worked with php frameworks such as Cake PHP & Zend to boost development times and maintain consistent coding standards among a team of developers.
  • Developed Facebook apps, iPhone and iPad apps for client marketing campaigns.
  • Maintained strict coding standards for review by a stringent internal peer review system.
  • Worked with a team of user experience architects and visual designers to produce the highest quality products for many high-profile clients including Capital One, American Airlines, The North Face, and Michelob Ultra.
October 2007 – September 2008

Web Developer

Heritage Auction Galleries

  • Responsible for production and maintenance of a high-traffic auction website processing thousands of live bids daily and a database of nearly 500,000 members.
  • Helped to develop a custom php framework for very specific business requirements in order to aid with workflow and integration with old website.
  • Extensive work in repairing old code and upgrading to PHP 5.
  • Very controlled and process-centered environment to ensure tasks were completed on time.
  • Required use of CVS for version control among 6-7 other developers.
  • Worked with a team of developers to ensure consistency and quality coding standards.
August 2006 – September 2007

Web Developer

LevelTen Design

  • Front-end and back-end development of client websites using platforms including wordpress, drupal, and magento.
  • Helped to architect and develop an in-house custom php framework.
  • Worked with a team of developers to ensure consistency and quality coding standards.
??? – August 2006

Programmer Extraordinaire

  • A lifetime of geeking out, programming in my spare time, all-night hackathons, etc.
  • I think I wrote my first HyperCard stack at age 8 and first QBASIC game at 11.


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