Backend/API Development

Pierre-Henry Soria. A Pragmatic Software Engineer. Passionate about solving problems, designing software architecture, and learning new skills daily. With 12 years of proven commercial experience building and shipping complex and scalable Web & Native applications ๐Ÿš€

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Passionate Software Engineer ๐ŸŽ‰ An Agile S.O.L.I.D. Clean Coder ๐Ÿค– &Code Smell Fighter ๐Ÿฅท

I'm Pierre-Henry Soria, an optimistic and highly passionate software engineer ๐Ÿ˜Š

Love programming and developing new skills proactively! With skills in entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity, I have the passionate for building secure, testable, and scalable applications featuring beautiful, clean, and maintainable code with high test coverage (including TDD/BDD). ๐Ÿ’ช I enjoy solving problems ๐Ÿงฉ, fixing complex issues, and debugging ๐Ÿ›.
A positive attitude and eagerness to accomplish tasks using the best coding practices are my core values. ๐Ÿ†

Having owned my tech company back in the UK (HiZup Ltd), I'm also interested in the business world, growth hacking, mobile search engine optimization, Web Marketing (not the old-school one! ๐Ÿ˜‰), and Psychology!

Eager to learn and undertake new, exciting, and thrilling challenges. Open to fast-paced changes with rapidly evolving business and Web toolsets. ๐Ÿš€
Extremely passionate and motivated in what Iโ€™m doing, I always apply focus, perseverance, knowledge, and energy to accomplish new projects or missions from scratch as best as I can.
I'm a fan of productivity methods like the 80/20 rule and Parkinsonโ€™s Law to do more, faster, and always better! ๐Ÿ’ช Open-minded, a team player, and honest, I am eager to share knowledge and help others.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Want to see some of my open-source software/projects I've done? (made with lots of love!)


I've launched pH7CMS a while ago, as well as several other exciting open-source projects that you can find on my GitHub orgs. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ‡ Every day, learning, coding, researching, eating fruits, and hiking are my vital fuel to keep myself great and happy. ๐Ÿ˜Š I would love to speak all night about programming and IT to anyone who desires. ๐Ÿคฉ

  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Job Passionate & Enthusiastic Software Engineer ๐Ÿ˜
  • ๐ŸŒ Based Sydney, Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • ๐Ÿ“ฎ Email
  • ๐Ÿฅ˜ Comfort food ๐Ÿ˜‹ Provencal Ratatouille / Mushroom, Spinach, Goat Soufflรฉ ๐Ÿฒ
  • ๐Ÿ““ Favorite books ๐Ÿ“š Dragon Compilers & Pragmatic Programmer
  • Languages Speak French ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท & English ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ fluently


Senior Software Engineer ๐ŸŒฏ @ Zambrero ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
2022 / 2024

Working at Zambreroโ€™s head office as the Principal Software Engineer, focusing on various projects such as the online ordering platform and the iOS/Android delivery apps, maintaining, improving, and implementing new features, โ€ฆ using primarily Node, TypeScript 4, Express with Inversify, React/React Native, KnexJS, Postgres, AWS services (ECS, EC2, Fargate, ...). Maintaining and improving other platforms such as the companyโ€™s Electron back-office software and Nucleus version update server
Creating and maintaining CI/CD pipelines on Bitbucket for containerizing the applicationsโ€™ code (using Docker) and deploying them onto the specific testing and prod environments on AWS ECS.

๐Ÿ›ก Full Stack Engineer @ (Honeywell Forge) ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
2020 / 2022

Working on both the frontend and backend APIs as well as microservices and cross-shared packages of the core visitor management cloud-based product using JS ES6/7, React, Node 14-16, Express, TypeScript 4, Sequelize / Postgres, test automation with Cypress for integration and end-to-end tests, event-messaging SNS/SQS queuing systems, New Relic, Docker, Jenkins and several AWS services (EC2, ECS, Fargate, S3, ...). Experience using pganalyze for benchmarking and measuring the performance of new critical database migration changes before production releases.

Team: 8-10 core engineers, 2 QA

๐Ÿš€ Principle Maintainer @ pH7Builder Community Builderโ„ข
2015 / 2021

Working on my open-source "Social Community Builder" project during my spare time ๐Ÿ˜Š

โ— One of the biggest open source projects I have ever coded ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป And probably the one I'm particularly most proud of โ˜บ๏ธ
โ— Assist users with technical support inquiries via GitHub Issues (including emails, etc).
โ— Lead the project, manage user issues/feedback, implement the new features/modules, and keep the product roadmap up-to-date.
โ— Writing the documentation for the end-user (e.g. on
โ— More recently, pH7Builder has migrated from PHP 5.6 to PHP 8.1 -

Iโ€™ve pushed a lot of determination and knowledge for the last 12 years to accomplish the mission Iโ€™ve always dreamed of delivering to the open-sourceโ€™s world, which was to release the first large-scale, free and open-source, social dating builder software.


๐Ÿ“Product Owner / Developer / Founder ๐Ÿ
2018 / 2020

Lifyzer Healthy Food Solutionโ„ข is a social-food mobile app that aims for transparency and opinions between customers. It allows users to share their feedback on food items and rate them.

Thanks to its clever OCR and barcode scanning technologies (using Google Mobile Vision and Firebase), it also instantly gives the health score and useful details about items you regularly eat or purchase.

In order to give the most reliable data available on the different continents, Lifyzer partially uses OpenFoodFacts,, and the US FoodData Central (FDC), which are the biggest open-source nutrition databases.

Lifyzer is another side project Iโ€™ve really enjoyed creating and working on! ๐Ÿค— Building and marketing from scratch a complex and meaningful project that solves an obvious problem everybody is concerned about is highly rewarding! ๐Ÿš€

Available on iOS (a native app built with Swift):

As well as on Android (natively coded in Java):

The apps use a simple REST API built on top of PHP 7.3 and using MySQL database.

Finally, Iโ€™m currently working on a food search engine, based on Algolia ๐Ÿš€

โšก๏ธ Lifyzer is 100% transparent with its users. Thatโ€™s why the project is 100% open source ๐Ÿ’ช
GitHub Organization =>

๐Ÿ’ก Skills involved: Swift 5 (for iOS app), Java (for Android app), PHP 7.3/MySQL (for API/search engine).

๐Ÿ˜ Symfony Developer @ Eyemagnet ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
2018 / 2019

Eyemagnet provides IPTV software, personalized advertising solution, and analytics/content management cloud services for large enterprises such as Westpac, Spark, New Zealand Parliament and Sky Stadium.

โ†’ Developed modern PHP Web applications and APIs using Symfony 3 and v4, with PHP 7+ features and Doctrine / PostgreSQL.
โ†’ Maintained existing PHP Symfony applications and frontend projects.
โ†’ Created and maintained websites built with Drupal 8 CMS.
โ†’ Built micro SMS eCommerce websites (Symfony 4, Bootstrap 4, Bambora payment API) for Jack Daniel's and St John New Zealand.
โ†’ Translated the Media CMS product into French.

๐Ÿก Software Engineer @ (Distilled SCH) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
2015 / 2018 is the largest Irish property website with a unique audience of over 2.5 million users each month. is one of the DistilledSCH brands, which is the combined business of the Irish Distilled Media Group and Schibsted Group from Oslo, Norway.

โ— Worked on the brand new mobile web app using PHP 7.1 features, with Slim3 framework, Twig2, SASS, Susy, gulp, grunt.

โ— Worked with the RESTful APIs, security vulnerabilities, Elasticsearch, SparkPost, RabbitMQ, and Docker/Vagrant.โ€จโ€จ

โ— Worked on DistilledSCHโ€™s latest project, a single API platform based on microservices built on top of Java Spring Boot.

โ— Worked on upgrading the old legacy website's platform from PHP 5.3 to 7+

โ— Worked with various Symfony components & Doctrine2โ€จโ€จ.

โ— Helped making the website/web app compliant with GDPR and with IHREC equality by parsing and checking new ad entries.

โ— High-quality code, high test coverage, TDD/BDD, and SOLID principles were the main goals.โ€จโ€จ

โ— Used Rundeck, Jenkins, Travis CI, and Capistrano as CI/CD tools.

โ— Agile methodologies such as 2-week sprints, backlog grooming, retros, demos, daily scrum standup, and used Kanban board with Jira, and Targetprocess for Scrum workflow.

Solo Web Developer/Customer Care @ Hizup, Ltd
2013 / 2017

โ†’ Worked on improving and implementing new features, articulating the vision of the products, architecting the software, and maintaining my commercial Web software such as pH7CMSPro, pH2Date, and pH4Social.

โ†’ Marketing strategy ๐Ÿš€, branding, SEO ๐Ÿ“Š, growth hacking ๐Ÿ’ฅ, ... for both my commercial and open-source software.

โ†’ Gave commercial technical support and individual training to some customers on specific areas with the software.

โ†’ Helpdesk, and licensing through the WHMCS platform (which was directly integrated with pH7CMS).

โ†’ Finally, I created and maintained a cloud-hosted SaaS service for pH7CMS Pro software (with WHMCS and hosted on a CentOS VPS), and later rebranded as โ€œpH7CMS.Cloudโ€

Whilst the โ€œpH7CMSPro social-dating website builderโ€ SaaS product got great feedback and had several happy customers, I ultimately failed to make it a sustainable business. However, I enjoyed a lot running my โ€œDating Software Provider as a Serviceโ€ and learned so much during this challenging and rewarding journey ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Full Stack Developer @ HiZup, Ltd
2013 / 2015

โ— Worked for clients on different small and medium projects. To summarize, it was: creation of plugins, upgrade of two PHP Web applications from version 4 to 5 (OOP conversion as well), creation of Web themes, modifications, and building new features for a few clients' websites, โ€ฆ

โ— Built some plugins and templates for Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, and BoonEx Dolphin 7/8 CMS.

โ— Did consulting in afternoons/evenings to assist my clients with their new websites and explained to them how to get better results and more traffic on their websites and helped them with some technical parts such as Apache, nginx server and cPanel/WHMCS issues.

๐Ÿ’ต Full-Stack Developer, Link2Payment
2017 / 2017

Link2Payment is a side project. I did it when I was on holidays. It allows anyone to get paid anywhere from anyone with their Stripe account.
Thanks Link2Payment, you don't need a website, you don't need an SSL certificate, you can literally be paid from anywhere (even by just putting your unique payment link on a paper book) while taking all advantages of Stripe.

App Source Code:

Full-Stack Developer, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
2017 / 2017

MyDreamLife is a side project. I created it to give a TODO-list and Itinerary for a new (exciting) life. It is designed for European people from 18 to 30 (mainly from Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy) who want to move and try a new life abroad but don't know the process to do it.

The artificial intelligence of the app will give them, ste-by-step, the whole map for starting their dream life & doing it!

Web App Source Code:

Writer/Teacher @ PenTestMag & PHPSolutions Magazine
2012 / 2012

I wrote some articles for the French "PHP Solutions Magazine" (the magazine doesn't exist anymore, unfortunately).