C# ASP.NET developer with over 16 years development experience and 18+ years professional IT experience. I have a progressive career history and successful track record. I possess good communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
In addition to the above, I offer any prospective employer enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn new skills.
- Development (server-side)
C# ASP.NET, PHP, RPG-ILE, vbScript, ASP Classic
- Development (client-side)
MVC 4 + Razor, WinForms, Web services, SEO/SEM, WordPress CMS, eCommerce (ZenCart/PrestaShop), Unity, Flash, Windows/Google stores
Windows Server 2008-2012 + IIS, SQL Server, Access, Apache + MySQL, DB2
Visual Studio 2010-2012, Visual SourceSafe, Windows (all), Office Suite (inc Visio), Adobe Creative Suite
Apr 2010 - PresentSelf Employed
Developed a number of successful websites and managed the development/promotion of an application to extract data from mobile devices; selling several thousand units worldwide via the web and Windows store.
Jul 2011 - PresentCPCAB ltd- UK Awarding Organisation
Primarily responsible for bug fixing and enhancements to an existing web-based MIS system. Managed and developed a large project to integrate said system with the Learning Records Service (LRS) via web-services.
Managed remote contractors and assisted in development of front/backend systems for public facing (MVC) website (www.CPCAB.co.uk).
Other notable achievements include developing a scheduled service system to perform overnight automated invoicing/data backups.
Oct 2002 - Apr 2011Alexandra plc- Corporate Uniform Supplier
Developed bespoke PHP CMS/intranet portal (inc real-time stock information/reporting) which interfaced with IBM iSeries mainframe via ODBC.
After cross-training to C# ASP.NET assisted in the development of a new retail/B2B website shop website (Alexandra.co.uk) followed by heavy involvement in the development and management of additional functionality/features.
Other notable projects included Royal Mail PAF address management, custom B2B ordering system for McDonalds and development of an eCatalogue system.
Jun 1999 - Oct 2002Debenhams Retail plc- Multinational retail chain
System enhancements, bug fixing and assisting in code Euro compliance. Additional notable projects included Nectar loyalty card scheme, online wedding service, data-warehouse and EPOS.
Sep 1998 - Mar 1999MGL Distribution ltd- Manufacturing/Distribution company
iSeries mainframe programming training using in-house training material and data-entry.
Mar 1996 - Aug 1998Lemon Digital Media ltd- CD/DVD Replication
Visual Basic development, computer repairs, upgrades, network administration and media duplication.
The following are websites/projects (with informal descriptions) that I've created and managed over the years. As these were developed in my spare-time they may lack features/polish; but I welcome you to browse nonetheless.
Some of these projects may be several years old and the point of listing them at all is to provide greater detail than a paper based C.V and thus a greater understanding of my progression path/skill-set. I hope that by providing detail of my personal projects it will highlight my desire to see projects through to completion.
Note that the following are projects of my choosing where my focus is not purely on coding/development but instead utilise different aspects of my skill-set. For my professional experience (which is more focused on programming/development) please refer to the 'career' section.
My first 'true' website. DotWhat.net is a 'file extension resource website' that I started in 2005 after realising I could improve on what similar websites were offering at the time (in terms of both design and content).
Behind DotWhat is a bespoke administration panel that allows me to maintain the 11k file extensions that are shown on the website and to moderate user comments.
In its heyday (before Google's Panda/Penguin updates) it was receiving 8k unique visitors per day (almost 3 million per year). It is through DotWhat that I learnt about 'search engine optimisation' (SEO) and 'search engine marketing' (SEM) and promotion in general.
In recent years I outsourced and managed the coding, design and content creation to contractors due to time-limitations.
Through DotWhat (see above) I noticed many visitors were looking for a way to extract their data from BlackBerry devices. At this point in time and with no experience of BlackBerry devices or more specifically their encryption algorithms - I sought the skills of a contractor to help me produce a Windows application to allow my visitors to extract their address book/messages/emails etc.
This application is now known as phoneMiner and has sold several thousand units worldwide to date.
Aside from creating the website and its promotion, through Amrak Software ('Karma' backwards) and phoneMiner I have produced a successful product from an initial design specification and managed developers/artists and complimented my employed experience by managing the entire product life-cycle.
Project managed an Android game (using the Unity game engine) as a business experiment but mainly in order to gain a greater understanding of the processes involved in creating mobile applications (such as development platforms, mobile screen ratios/ads/Google Play marketplace etc).
Created web-services to receive player game scores and return high-score rankings/position.
I took ownership of PaxosGreece.com in 2011 and restructured the entire backend and site content with the intention of eventually implementing a complete redesign and re-working the majority of content.
I began my journey as a web-developer (and general I.T guy) creating websites for friends and family members in my spare-time. Karma Solutions was the business address I used during promotion of my services.
One of the final websites I produced through Karma Solutions (see above) in 2010 to hold details of a customer's rental property portfolio in Montenegro. The site is hand-coded and W3C compliant.
2012MCTS - Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista
@ F1 Computing, Bath
2004City & Guilds Level 2 - Website Design
@ Bridgwater College, Somerset
1994GNVQ - Business Studies
@ Bridgwater College, Somerset
19938 GCSEs (inc English, Science & Maths)
@ Castle School, Thornbury, Bristol
Tel: (01458) 850 350
Orchard Neville House
Tel: (0845) 155 2288
Email: email@example.comAlexandra plc
I live in Somerset, England with my wife, our two children and our dog. I have many hobbies and interests though most involve IT - so I'll list those that don't :)
- Scuba-diving (PADI certified)
- Full clean driving licence