A. J. Saavedra

Software Engineer

Hi there! I'm Tony. And Berkeley is my home.

Me circle

I am an aspiring software engineer and current candidate for the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Computer Science at Mills College.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, I earned my Bachelor's degree in English Literature in the Summer of 2014. Ever want to talk about Victorian literature or film noir? Message me!

Always the technical monkey, I decided to make the transition to CS and have been coding primarily in Java since 2013, although since then I've picked up other neat programming tools, like JavaScript, HTML and CSS, PHP, MySQL and, of course, git.

What I'm looking for

I've just finished my program, and currently working on my thesis. Hence, I'm hoping to find an opportunity where I can lend my skills as a programmer in order to learn as much as I can. I absolutely love working in a group but am enthusiastic enough to lead myself along the way.

My previous experience ranges from being in the classroom to being in a group setting. Spring 2015 had me working on a Rails application for a non-profit organization in the bay area that benefitted disabled children.

Thanks to my program, I've also spent lots of time on functional programming using Scheme, Haskell, and Java.

For nine months, I worked at a small company in San Francisco as a Backend Developer Intern. Check out my resume for more information!

Last, but not least, I typically get along well with like-minded folk who are also passionate about coding. Or social justice. Or Portal 2.


Where I'm from

I grew up in sunny Southern California in the city of Santa Ana. Getting accepted into UC Berkeley was a blessing. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area was an amazing experience for a first-generation student from a low-income family like myself. Now that I'm minutes away from San Francisco, I never want to get away!

When I'm not working or learning, you can either find me at home playing with my rowdy cat, Maggie, or perhaps I've gone out for coffee with my partner.

What this site is about

This site is more than just a home page for me — it's a culmination of my passion for elegant web design and computer science. I hope you like it and that you find what you seek.

Frequently Asked Questions

I did. And I wouldn't go back on that decision. A lot of times, people ask me why I chose to study English if I was just going to end up studying computer science, but I always feel that English and CS chose me.
Towards the end of my undergraduate program at Berkeley, I began to feel like I needed something that both challenged and nurtured a part of me that was left unknown. I took an Intro to CS class, and the rest is history.
Primarily Java and JavaScript, although my past internship had me deeply immersed in PHP and I've built a few Swift iOS applications. I've also been exposed to C++, Ruby, Prolog, and Go.
That I am a real team player, honest and loyal to my team. There's no grand secret or note to tell. Chances are I want to work with you.
Check out my Contact page for options. I can be reached through this site or via email and phone
After a semester in my Software Engineering class, I was left inspired to work on my own application. Do you like it?
Mostly from books I read, or the people I encounter. I also love to meditate and go for walks in Tilden park whenever I need the presence of trees.
To the Lighthouse, Beloved, and The Return of the King



  • Mills College
  • M.A. Computer Science
  • December 2018
  • UC Berkeley
  • Bachelor's in English
  • August 2014


  • Machine Learning
  • Comp Concepts & Int Programming
  • Discrete Mathematics I & II
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Intro to Databases
  • Computer Architecture
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networks
  • Cryptography & Network Security
  • Theory of Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Programming Languages
  • Design Thinking
  • Thesis for Master's

Previous Experience

  • Vonnda — Backend Developer Intern:
  • • Created and integrated modules into existing Magento and PHP applications
  • • Implemented and maintained REST services, both custom and 3rd party
  • • Created and maintained cron-based services to manage and report customer sales
  • • Developed and extended systems to streamline team workflow


  • tonyjs.com: Personal web app to profile my work and skills
  • Nibbler: web app built on the MEAN stack. Helps those with celiac disease find nearby restaturants.
  • SocketChat: an iOS application implementing the Socket.IO client using Node, Express and Alamofire
  • BirthdayAlarm: an iOS application that alerts users of any upcoming birthday notifications set
  • MazeGenerator: a Java GUI that generates and is able to solve random large mazes
  • FlappyBird: recreated the game of Flappy Bird using the JavaFX platform
  • SpaceInvadersFX: an implementation of the classic arcade game done entirely in Java
  • TetrisFX: a JavaFX recreation of the classic arcade game
  • Solitaire: replicated the game of Solitaire entirely in Java
  • PhonebookDB: a Java GUI that implements an address book by creating a doubly-linked list from scratch
  • MarioMatch: a card-matching game done in Java using Nintendo characters
  • Blackjack: replicated the game of blackjack entirely in Java
  • VideoGameDB: mock MySQL DB for an online gaming company
  • ForgingFriendships: Rails app for a nonprofit organization benefitting disabled children in the bay area. Responsibilities included creating the application's design and maintaining its responsiveness on mobile.


  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java
  • iOS programming in Swift
  • Angular, React, Redux, MySQL, MongoDB
  • PHP, HTML / CSS, Bootstrap
  • Functional Programming in Scheme & Haskell
  • Familiar with C, C++, Go, MongoDB, Prolog
  • Eclipse, Xcode, MySQLWorkbench
  • Terminal, Homebrew, Git, GitHub, Bitbucket
  • Mac OS X, Windows
  • Bilingual: English, Spanish

Contact me

Questions? I'm always happy to answer any. Feel free to send me a message using this form below: