Larry Hosken
330 Parnassus Ave Apt 203 
San Francisco, CA 94117
Contact Info:
References: upon request

Availability: Feb 2020

Objective: Full-time computer programming.

Experience summary: three years industry programming; ten+ years technical writing; CS degree

Programming skills: Python, Go, Javascript, Scala, C/C++

Engineering Group skills: Functional spec writing, code reviewing, mentoring, developer support

Tool/Environment skills: git, reviewboard, gcc, MS Visual Studio, Perforce/p4, Unix (Linux, BSD), Emacs

Work History

Software Engineer
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018
SDK for Bank Client Software: Exposed's secure banking API via a set of SDKs (Java, JS). Coded APIs, wrote sample code, wrote docs.

Staff Technical Writer Twitter
Jul 2012 - Dec 2014
Documented & Supported Developer Tools: Source control, build, test frameworks, code review tools.

Coding included: Static site generator. Python introspection code to document API that eluded PyDoc.

Staff Technical Writer Google
Jan 2005 - Jun 2012
Documented tools. Wrote concepts, reference, and best practices for build/compile tools and source control. (Many of these tools are described at a blog post by Mike Bland.) Wrote and edited internal documentation for using Sawzall, an analysis tool for large data sets. (I didn't write that academic paper; I wrote user docs.) Wrote sample code. Wrote and maintained document-generating tools.

Documented App Engine Worked with a team writing about parts of the Google App Engine PaaS, including the NDB storage API.

Developed Internal Training Mentored writers. Developed and taught live classes.

Senior Technical Writer & "App Dev Kit guy"
Feb 2003-Nov 2004
Documented Mobile Device Software Platform: Wrote how-to, conceptual, and API documentation for Openwave's then-new mobile phone software platform. Wrote sample code. Researched topics by reading source code and interviewing engineers.

Supported Developers and Wrangled Development Kit: Release engineer for platform's software development kit. Helped visiting manufacturer engineers with technical questions and debugging.

Programmer Infinite Machine
Nov 2000-Nov 2001
Programmed on New Legends, an XBox 3-D Beat-em-up game: Set up scripted game events using UnrealScript (a game-engine-specific scripting language). Some AI programming, setting up strategy for computer-controlled critters. Wrote Perl script to extract information from Premiere files useful for creating cutscenes.

Software Engineer &
Senior Technical Writer,
Blue Mug Inc
Oct 1999-Oct 2000

Project Engineer,
Geoworks May 1999-Oct 1999

(Blue Mug spun off from Geoworks to continue a project started there.)

Programmed W-CDMA smartphone: UI programmer on OS for Mitsubishi D2101v, a Japanese smartphone. Designed, specified API for new UI features. Used logic analyzer for performance testing. Wrote implementation specs for application coders. Mentored Japanese engineers.

Wrote WAP provisioning doc: Technical writing contract with browser maker Rewrote large part of chapter about over-the-air provisioning for device programmers porting's browser to their phones.

Drafted Palm platform overview doc: Technical writing contract with Palm. Wrote a system software overview for potential licensees of their OS, explaining how to tweak software to support hardware changes. Topics ranged from UI design to communications protocols to microcontroller support.

Senior Technical Writer,
Geoworks 1990-1998
Doc Lead on Embedded OS: Worked with a group to write online SDK docs for GEOS-SC, the OS on the Toshiba Genio, Toshiba Dialo, and Mitsubishi Moem-D Japanese smartphones. (Excerpts at Co-ordinated & scheduled three other writers. Wrote sample applications for SDK. Coordinated with remote Japanese translation contractors.

Documented Visual Basic-like tool: Documented visual builder tool and BASIC language for Japanese engineers of Genio smartphone. Wrote sample code.

Documented Embedded OS: Worked with a group to write printed and online SDK docs for PC/GEOS, an OS which ran on Intel desktop machines and, later, on handheld devices and smartphones. (Excerpts at Read x86 assembly language. Wrote sample code. Wrote about graphics, printing, BSD sockets, other topics.

Supported Developers: Provided developer support for application developers on PC/GEOS. Answered technical questions in forums and via email. Lectured visiting developers. Assisted in training labs.

Documented Hypercontent Editing Tool: Wrote user-level documentation for a WYSIWYG editor of proprietary-format hyperlinked documents.

Summer QA, Ingres Summer 1990
Converted test scripts for use with new tool: Learned SQL. Learned VMS.


BA Computer Science, UC Berkeley
Studied: Learned about OS design, compiler design, digital circuit design, theory, and AI (including grad-level courses in vision and natural language processing). Helped students with homework as a lab assistant for introductory CS course.

Hobby Programming

Made Troubadour Tour Board, a walking-around game for mobile web. Back end on Google App Engine; client uses geolocation and WebGL.

Made Octothorpean, a puzzle hunt web app. Wrote the app and most of the puzzle content.