Lost Coast Dev

Software and Web Development

Hello, Ed here. Welcome to Lost Coast Dev. So glad you could make it.

Ed Ward

I am Ed Ward. I moved up here to the Lost Coast from San Francisco in March of 2016.
I enjoy the majesty of the Redwood forests and the splendor of the rugged Northern California coast.

Ruby on Rails

Compress the complexity of modern web apps. Learn just what you need to get started, then keep leveling up as you go. Ruby on Rails scales from HELLO WORLD to IPO.
You're in good company. Over the past two decades, Rails has taken countless companies to millions of users and billions in market valuations.


Focused on web standards and modern web app UX, you’re simply going to build better websites.
Remix is a full stack web framework that lets you focus on the user interface and work back through web standards to deliver a fast, slick, and resilient user experience. People are gonna love using your stuff.


Do more with less. Serverless.
AWS offers technologies for running code, managing data, and integrating applications, all without managing servers. Serverless technologies feature automatic scaling, built-in high availability, and a pay-for-use billing model to increase agility and optimize costs.
Check out AWS Serverless

Software and Web Development Projects

Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) is a multi-faceted research institute created by the University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to translate scientific discoveries into solutions for better health.

  • Clinical Studies Directory: The public Clinical Trials and Studies Directory features more than 500 trials at USC in English, Spanish, and Chinese. The site information is updated daily and currently integrates data feeds from ClinicalTrials.gov and the USC True2 and IRB databases.
    Backend work using Ruby to retrieve data from multiple sources that were used to compile portions of the information for the Clinical Trials.
  • Trial Promoter: This tool automates the dissemination of user-friendly social media messages about clinical research. We have developed and published a first version of the tool and plan the development of additional features and research.
    Backend work using Ruby to collect a large amount of data and statistics to analyse the effectiveness of this tool.
  • USC Health Sciences Profiles: USC Health Sciences Profiles is an expertise discovery and research networking tool based on the Profiles software originally developed by Harvard University.
    Backend work using Ruby on Rails to retrieve data from USC HR database and other sources and provdide a datafeed used by UC San Francisco. Service runs on AWS. Database hosted on Heroku.
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC - Medical Faculty API: Support for the Faculty Affairs and the communications team at Keck School of Medicine of USC.
    Backend work using Ruby on Rails to create an API and retrieve data from USC HR database and other sources. Service runs on Heroku.
  • SC CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD): To support efficient and accurate data collection and analysis, and to help researchers avoid translational research pitfalls BBR provides a variety of consultation services.
    Backend work using PHP and AWS to create the infrastructure. Service runs on AWS.


Registria works with durable brands around the world. We started by revolutionizing dated product registration methods with Photoregister℠, a mobile-led technology designed to more effectively identify and engage millions of customers, used today by 300+ brands.

  • Registration for Fujifilm: Fujifilm in the United States is building toward the future with innovations spanning a growing spectrum of technologies.
    Backend and Frontend using Ruby on Rails and primarily jQuery. jQuery is still widely used out in the wild.
  • Registration for Whirlpool: Dedicated to helping families thrive. Whirlpool brand is focused on improving how families give and get the care they need.
    Another example of Backend and Frontend using Ruby on Rails and primarily jQuery. The codebase for Registria goes back many years. It was originally written in Rails 2. There is a lot of Backend work involved, since there is a huge amount of data for 300+ brands that sometimes goes back decades.


Public Relations for fast-growing companies. Public Relations for people with something to say. Public Relations for the good times, and the bad. Public Relations for people who don’t trust PR people.

  • Haymaker: Haymaker Group, founded in 2014 by J.J. Colao, Founder and CEO, has become a go-to firm for startups like Handy and Drift and more established players like Etsy and Zocdoc.
    Haymaker is a fairly simple looking site, but there is a lot going on with this PR company. There are some major players that the company is representing. The site is written in Ruby on Rails and is also using jQuery. Running on Heroku

Edentech Solutions Group

Edentech Solutions Group LLC has been developing and delivering "Software as a Service Solutons" for Acute Care, Post Acute Care, Home Care, & Providers of all types, since 2011. "SaaS" is what we do! Why? Because it's reliable, it's secure, and It saves our clients money.

  • Edentech: Solutions for Healthcare focused on Safety, Compliance, and Care.
    Backend and Frontend using Ruby on Rails and primarily jQuery and also a lot of Docker containers.


These are some of my favorites.


A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.


Remix is a full stack web framework that lets you focus on the user interface and work back through web standards to deliver a fast, slick, and resilient user experience. People are gonna love using your stuff.


Ruby Programming Language and Ruby on Rails Web Application Framework.


Python is a programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively.


Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. The Node.js package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world.


Serverless is a cloud-native development model that allows developers to build and run applications without having to manage servers. There are still servers in serverless, but they are abstracted away from app development.

AWS Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and servers, you can access technology services, such as computing power, storage, and databases, on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that allows software applications to become more accurate at predicting outcomes without being explicitly programmed to do so. Machine learning algorithms use historical data as input to predict new output values.

Please Get In Touch

I would be delighted to hear from you!