&about

Hello. I'm Daniel and I work at Dow Jones as an Application Developer, where I work on WSJ Pro, blogs and newsletters. On the weekends, I like distance running, movies, eating out, coding personal projects, practicing handstands and shopping. Before New York City, I lived in Upstate New York and Japan. I was born and raised in China.

In my spare time I have been working on my latest project 1KG More — a website built exclusively for nonprofit organizations that want to minimize operating cost. 1KG More allows nonprofit organizations to post project destinations, along with a list of items that could be used or are needed for the project. Travelers who happen to travel to the same destination can sign up and choose how much and what they are willing to carry (for the organization), starting at 1kg.

1KG More was born because I want to do more when I travel. I always wanted to carry school supplies to fill in the extra space in my luggage.

And I believe everyone has something to contribute in their spare time.

Things I Do Well

Here are some of the applications and development tools I'm most familiar with:

  • Python, PHP and Java
  • Django, HTML and CSS
  • WordPress Themes and Plugins
  • MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • XSLT
  • Android

Heroku is my choice for project hosting, and python is my favorite scripting language. This is because of its elegance, and the fact that I don't have to deal with brackets and semicolons. I also have working knowledge of JavaScript, some Node.js based frameworks and NoSQL databases. I'm always thinking about new project ideas and how to put my knowledge into good practice.

Besides Chinese (my native language), I also speak English (for the past 6 years), Spanish (CEFR Level B2) and Japanese (JLPT N1).

A Few Projects

Here are some projects from either my hobbies or job. FYI, there are some projects not listed because they are in early stage development, or not ready to showcase.

1KG More

Present - Under Development

1KG More is a simple tool that allows nonprofit organizations to post project destinations, along with a list of items that could be used or are needed for the project. Travelers who happen to travel to the same destination can sign up and choose how much and what they are willing to carry (for the organization), starting at 1kg.

Stack: Python , Django , PostgreSQL , Celery , AngularJS

Daniel Zhao - Portfolio

2016

My portfolio website was created when I first became a WordPress theme author in 2012. It was built on WordPress, using a child theme of my Pilot Fish theme. In late 2015 I decided to give my portfolio website a facelift. I chose Flask as my framework, which is connected to my old WordPress site's MySQL database, and hosted on Bluehost. The code and setup of this website is on github, in case anyone is interested in doing something similar. I got the best of both worlds, a dynamic front end based on Flask combined with a great CMS from WordPress.

Stack: WordPress , PHP , mySQL , HTML , Flask , Python

Where's My Car Android App

2013

Where’s My Car is an easy to use app with an intuitive interface that tracks where you parked, and helps you find your car. The app's features include: save your car’s location, view road and satellite maps and open saved locations in your phone’s navigation. Where's My Car on Google Play

Stack: Android , Google Maps API , Java

Pilot Fish WordPress Theme

2012

Voted as one of the 40 Best Free Responsive WordPress Themes for 2012, Pilot Fish is a minimal and elegant WordPress portfolio theme. It is inspired by the novel 『パイロットフィッシュ』(by Osaki Yoshio) I read while living in Sendai, Japan. It is said that a pilot fish is the fish you keep in the fish tank before a tropical fish, so as to develop a sustainable environment for which to thrive later. I called my first WordPress theme Pilot Fish hoping it would help me learn more about WordPress, and contribute to better themes in the future. Pilot Fish On WordPress A Few Websites Made With Pilot Fish

Stack: WordPress , PHP , jQuery , HTML , CSS