Fullstack web developer using
Ruby and Javascript

My development toolset.

Ruby on Rails

Since building my first Rails application back in 2007 I have loved the beauty and simplicity of the Ruby language. One of my favorite features of Rails has to be size of its community thats builds gems and contributes to the Rails codebase itself. There seems to be a entire vibe that surrounds open source.


Before Node.js even came around I was building full web applications in pure JS. I really love working with JS because its blazingly fast, and lightweight. I also really enjoy working with architectures centered around asynchronous JSON and small data end points.

As a matter of fact this site was built using Node.js, Express, and Gulp.


I am a highly motivated web application developer, and designer with 9+ years of GUI experience and 7+ years working with Ruby on Rails and really intensive javascript.


  • 2011 - 2016: W&R Studios

    Over the span of several years I assisted in maintaining and launching 4 SAAS projects on a small agile team for the real estate industry. Most recently creating a custom front-end framework to consume a Rails JSON API.

  • 2001 - 2007: Foldera

    Co-founded a software company that was aimed to improve project management and collaboration. My role was Lead Designer/Usability Engineer.

"Derek Rush was the first developer hired by W&R Studios. From the beginning Derek has shown great vision with our flagship product and contributed to many favorable enhancements. Derek has also been instrumental contributing to the development of two additional products with key innovations that separates us from the competition. Derek is a strong collaborator with fellow Teammates and has mentored new developers along the way. If you are considering adding to your Team Derek is a proven asset every successful Company should have." ~ Gary McDaniel

Recent Projects

  • CloudMLX

    Built a front-end framework, to search MLS's through a natural language search feature. Using complex REGEX patterns we autocomplete to match records and display results as the user types. We acheive this by leveraging the performance of JS's non blocking asynchronous nature for performance. Look for it soon.

  • CloudCMA

    My first project at W&R, I added many features, such as "Whats your home worth?",

    or the iOS version of cloudCMA. I worked with every department to achieve this.

    Check it out!