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About heatseeker

Top Coder Competition Ranking
# 67 of 50,771

Raw Score Total: 38,897.70
Name:  heatseeker
(see 21 ratings)
  in Bucharest, Romania

Seller / Coder Rating:  9.86 (Excellent)
Sign up date:  Oct 16, 2002 6:54:56 AM EDT
Last Logged In:  Aug 16, 2003 6:39:42 AM EDT
Jobs Started:  27
Jobs Completed:  25
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Areas Of Expertise: 
 Programming languages
  • Assembler (for x86 as well as non-x86 processors)
  • C/C++ (mostly on Linux, also on embedded systems)
  • Delphi
  • JavaScript/DHTML
  • PHP (with or without SQL and other extensions: GD, FTP, HTTP, POP3, IMAP)

  •  Operating systems/Closed systems
  • FreeBSD
  • Linux
  • MAX 3000 access router/concentrator
  • Various Cisco routers/firewalls/switches/concentrators
  • Windows 95 and it's relatives, Windows 2000, Windows XP

  •  Varia
    I also have extensive experience with a lot of network equipment types, including but not limited to wireless devices, routers, switches, authentication servers, firewalls, IDS and related (HIDS, NIDS), and many, many others.

    Some of the certifications that I received in the past years:
  • Apache Administration (Brainbench)
  • Building E-Commerce Applications
  • C programming (Brainbench)
  • Delphi 3 programming (Brainbench)
  • Delphi 6 programming (Brainbench)
  • E-Commerce Concepts (Brainbench)
  • Internet Concepts (Brainbench)
  • Internet Industry Knowledge (Brainbench)
  • IP Routing & Switching (Brainbench)
  • Linux Administration - General (Brainbench)
  • Linux Administration - RedHat (Brainbench)
  • TCP/IP Administration (Brainbench)

     Work experience
    I learned programming (in BASIC and Assembler) in the late eighties on a Commodore Plus/4. Since then I moved to PC programming and have also worked at some projects involving microcontrollers and embedded systems.

    In the past 10 years I developed strong programming and analytical skills required to complete all projects assigned to me, many composed of thousands or tens of thousands of lines of code.

    I have also worked as a security and network consultant for small, medium and large companies, working closely with the client&'s technical staff as well as management, providing everything from initial analysis and network security assessment to final policy implementation.

    My main areas of interest are (in no particular order): network protocols design, network security and implementation, computer forensics, web applications, embedded systems, operating systems and artificial intelligence.

    As many of the nowadays projects focus on multi-user environments, I consider security and code validation as being of extreme importance, besides flexibility and ease of use for both end-user and developer. Therefore all code is thoroughly tested before delivery to meet stability, security and best speed performance. Also, all code comes with extensive documentation and instalation tutoring and assistance as a default at no extra cost.

     Latest finished projects
  • Intranet document management system for all types of documents, with full text search and custom hierarchies
  • University of History complete electronic library Intranet
  • Web enterprise ressource planning software
  • Online ticketing, accomodation and customer tracking system for a large tour operator

    Please don't hesitate to ask for any additional information you may find useful. Code samples of my past work can be also provided upon request.

    I would like to thank you in advance for your interest and am looking forward to working with you,
    Catalin IONESCU

    Top Coder Competition Raw Score
    Average Job Size
    Average Coder Rating
    Number of Completed Jobs
    Penalty for Missed Status Reports Warnings *
    (0 warnings x 1000 penalty) = 0
      Raw Score Total: 38,898

    * Penalty rule enacted on 10/8/2001 and applies only to warnings sent after that date.
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    Rent A Coder Work History
    All ratings and comments are the opinion of the poster and do not reflect the official view of Rent A Coder.

    Rated For Rated By Rating Bid Amount Rated On
      Bonus for heatseeker on 7/28/2003 9:19:04 AM pmtManage None Given $150.00 July 28, 2003 11:18:53 AM EDT
      SPAM Blocker Jason Short None Given $1,000.00 July 11, 2003 1:36:23 AM EDT
      mini secure fileserver for accessing your files delphiheaven 10
    $99.00 June 19, 2003 1:16:41 PM EDT
      excellent and lightning fast Delphi coder. I surely will work again with him!
      ChessBoard as a Component Brian Bidstrup 10
    $280.00 June 10, 2003 3:14:47 AM EDT
      Nice job.
      NetPong Linux Port and Color Changes francom82 10
    $75.00 May 12, 2003 4:21:39 AM EDT
      Sorry bout the delay, been in hospital critically Ill. Thanx for your concern though Catalin, was much appreciated.
      Auto-Update Module PootZ 10
    $95.00 April 6, 2003 8:29:11 PM EDT
      Excellent work, will hire that coder again for other projects
      Form handling pete-coder 10
    $20.00 March 24, 2003 12:50:53 AM EDT
      Quick and to the point not to mention the excellent extras that this coder did put in and still finishing the job in time. This is quality work when it is best.
      Bonus for heatseeker on 3/12/2003 5:26:31 PM pmtManage None Given $225.00 March 12, 2003 5:28:25 PM EDT
      Hard drive inspection tool apportum 10
    $885.00 March 9, 2003 1:52:51 PM EDT
      Working with this coder has been a delight. He's intelligent, insightful, helpful, communicates exceptionally well and is absolutely dedicated to delivering the best possible product.
      install downloader stub program that reads a file on a server and downloads, unzips, and registers those components or files pmtManage 10
    $350.00 March 3, 2003 11:10:21 AM EDT
      Very good work. Excellent programmer. We did a lot of testing together and he had some really useful and helpful suggestions. Well done!

    Patrick Trepanier
    President - A1Tech, Inc.
      Web Gopher Matilda_the_gopher None Given $2,235.00 March 2, 2003 2:40:18 PM EDT
      Pdf to Text Converter Bambooindia 9
    $250.00 February 27, 2003 6:46:07 AM EDT
      Heatseeker did an extremely professional job in fulfilling our pdf to text converter in Delphi. He has shown lot of patience in accepting iterations to produce an ultimate quality deliverable. We would strongly recommend Heatseeker to anyone for their delphi based projects

    Sudheer Sivapuram
    VP-Business Development
    Bamboo Software Solutions
      NetPong francom82 10
    $195.00 February 9, 2003 6:16:45 PM EDT
      Superb coder. Extremely Efficient and very Professional indeed. I would highly recommend Catalin.

      Bonus for heatseeker on 1/19/2003 12:11:23 PM prtsoftware None Given $25.00 January 19, 2003 12:14:16 PM EDT
      Windows 3.1 Style Directory Picker prtsoftware 10
    $100.00 January 19, 2003 12:08:13 PM EDT
      Heatseeker did a fantastic job on this project.

    If you've been around in this industry long enough, you know that things can go wrong technically.

    Instead of complaining or giving up, Heatseeker stayed at it until the problems were resolved to my complete satisfaction.

    In short, I believe that you can trust this with any size project ... and have the confidence that you won't be abandoned or left dissatisfied in any way.

    Thanks again Catalin!

    Tom Johnson
    PRT Software
      PDF file manipulation - string substitution Adam Bradley 10
    $175.00 January 1, 2003 11:05:38 PM EDT
      Catalin did a fantastic job on this project and I cannot thank him enough!

    This project was quite complex and in my general opinion of working with coders, was something that could only be handled by a coder with a lot of experience.

    Throughout the project Catalin kept in regular contact with me always keeping me up to date on developments.

    Additionally, Catalin went over and above the requirements by suggesting improvements to my original job specification as the project evolved.

    I highly recommend Catalin as a coder - if I could rate higher than 10 I would! The next project that I do will not even make make it as a public auction on rent-a-coder...instead, I will most definitely be going straight to Catalin to secure his services!

    Hands down the best coder I have worked with anywhere to date!!!
      Delphi Special Purpose FTP Client joethewizard 10
    $195.00 December 17, 2002 2:10:37 AM EDT
      Does a good job on time for a good price. Worked well with my demands and idiosynchrocies. :)
      Borland C++ Builder 6 component for PDF viewing A.Danjou 10
    $117.00 December 9, 2002 3:50:50 AM EDT
      Heatseeker complete the job very quickly. One thing we really appreciate is that if he says he will do something, then he will really do it. He also put the satisfaction of the client in front of everything, and it is really a pleasure to work with him. He did all he could to solve some problems we had, even if the work was already completed and paid. We won&'t hesitate to choose him again in the future.

    Thanks again Catalin!
      Report in PHP from MySQL data pete-coder 10
    $45.00 December 8, 2002 11:04:33 AM EDT
      Job done to specifications in a very short time frame.

    Professional coding and good communication.

    A pleassure to recommend.
      Unzip and Zip Plugin For Neobook RickEstrada 10
    $149.00 November 26, 2002 1:13:57 PM EDT
      Another Great Job by Catalin proving once again that he is versatile and able to program anything. I have had him do 3 completetly different projects and he did a perfect job on all of them. He will always get first shot at all my projects! :)
      Color Selector Plugin For Neobook RickEstrada 10
    $35.00 November 18, 2002 11:12:33 AM EDT
      Faster than ever, made the product exactly to my specs, could not ask for anything more. Like a said before his programming skills are top notch and are communciation was great as everthing went very smooth.
      CD-ROM Font Viewer Plugin RickEstrada 10
    $175.00 November 17, 2002 6:23:15 AM EDT
      He did an excellent job, great communication skills, orgranized, detailed, very easy to work with, and i would highly recommend him and would offer him any of my future work. He solved all the problems we encountered on the way and designed my project exactly to me specifications. The guy is a very good programmer just look at his resume...
      New Systemtay Program(Repost) Looksurf 10
    $150.00 November 12, 2002 2:21:01 AM EDT
      Catalin did a great job creating a very cool system tray program to monitor new project postings at He produces technically excellent work in an amazingly short time! We plan to work with him again and again. Not only did he have code turned over to us early in the project to see if he was doing what we needed, he also bent over backwards to incorporate the changes we requested. Great Job!
      Holiday Home Booking System Naj None Given $50.00 November 8, 2002 7:49:08 AM EDT
      Favourite Picture script Naj 10
    $30.00 November 6, 2002 7:49:34 AM EDT
      I cannot rate Catalin high enough. He is now an asset to our organisation, and no doubt we will be working together closely on more such projects.

    The script was better than I expected, more features, fully loaded, and delivered well before the deadline!

    Fantastic, hugely knowledgeable and accomodating to your hearts content!

    Well done! AGAIN!
      PHP/Perl code to backup web folder Naj 10
    $30.00 November 5, 2002 4:11:45 AM EDT
      Fantastic coder. Catalin worked very very hard to deliver the full requirements within 24 hrs. Hard-working, polite, knowledgeable and gifted.

    I have no hesitation in recommending this coder to anyone. I most certainly will use this coder again (and again and again!)

    Great work, well documented, clear, concise, and delivered well within the timescales.

    WELL DONE!!!
      Answer all named requests with same ip tbach 8
    (Very Good)
    $45.00 October 20, 2002 6:08:40 AM EDT
      Found a much easier fix to my problem.
    Average:   9.85
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