I'm a Software Engineer with over 30 years professional IT experience.
Working predominantly as a freelancer for small to medium sized businesses I can turn my hand to almost anything.
Database design and administration - MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Sybase. Performance tuning and optimisation of slow running queries a speciality.
Back end coding - C/C++, PHP, Python, Perl, Java. An OOP specialist I've used numerous frameworks and CMS tools over the years.
Server Management - Linux (RHEL/Centos, Ubuntu), Unix. Shell scripting/automation. Setup of DNS, mail, web hosting, VPNs. Networking - routing, failover, WAN/LAN/VLAN. Server builds/clustering.
I was brought up in Rotherham, South Yorkshire where I attended the local comprehensive and sixth form college and did well enough to get in to Churchill College, Cambridge to read maths and computer science.
I worked for many years on a contract basis for clients including HSBC, Halifax plc. Trusthouse Forte, Equifax, Ventura, CADCentre and Taylor Woodrow as well as various UK government bodies (HMSO, DSS, Department of Health, Post Office).
More recently I've concentrated on providing bespoke coding and server/database management services for smaller clients - particularly using web based technologies (LAMP) and C++ for standalone applications.
Over the years I've worked on everything from the last days of an old ICL George 3 mainframe (which still relied on paper tape and punched cards!) through to modern cloud-based clusters. I remain, as ever, open to new challenges!
To contact me please call 07836 643145, or use the email address or the contact form below.
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