I'm a programmer, software engineer and architect based in Cambridge, UK.
Right now Node.js and Go are the languages I use the most, since about 2013. These days I generally deliver and manage various projects as well as writing some code.
I get involved in data processing, software architecture, CI, deployments and cross-platform applications. I aim to deliver the best possible solutions to problems big and small, as well as to create the tools to facilitate that.
In short: I write code, I manage Linux servers, I build and deploy code and I try to learn something new every day. I try to automate everything and I create some hobby projects in the meantime.
I also write some cross-platform GUI apps, I created a binary delivery service for ffmpeg suite, I make some music every now and then, I try to play with Raspberry Pi but never have enough time. I follow the software news, with a bias towards Open Source, Free Software, networking and security.
I started getting into web development around the year 2000.
I've developed a fondness for elegance, reliability, functionality and simplicity in code. To a large extent I am a perfectionist who cares about making the right choices and doing the job correctly (and sometimes you get the most value from prototypes that unblock more substantial work). I write lots of code. Some of it I contribute to Open Source, some of it I simply write for fun.
I started moving to the server-side. I've already picked up some fairly basic PHP a long time ago and I moved on to proper application development around 2009. After looking at various frameworks I started working with CodeIgniter as it was very well documented and had a great community. From 2013 my remaining PHP work revolved mostly around Laravel.
Skills and experience
- HTML / XHTML
- CodeIgniter, Laravel
- Bootstrap, Foundation
- Photoshop and the Adobe suite
- LESS & SASS
- MySQL, Active Record, ORM
- Design patterns
- Unit testing
- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- Version Control (Git, SVN)
- Agile, Scrum, Kanban workflow
- Visualising data
- End-to-end application design
- Amazon Web Services
- Design and development of User Interface and Experience & back-end
- Coding for accessibility and responsiveness
- RESTful APIs
- Network infrastructure and architecture
- Linux administration
- Service integration, Online payments, PCI Compliance
- Continous Integration
Some experience with
- Web Components/Polymer
- AngularJS, Backbone
- Data indexing
- Data extraction
- Natural language processing (NLP)