Hevnly is an agile startup sprouting in the garden of Silicon Roundabout. Its mission is to become the e-commerce platform of reference for curated, elegant products. To that end, we have created a battery of responsive single-page applications based around Backbone and Marionette with shallow support (IE10+). As one of the key members of the development team, I have been responsible for the magazine's article feed, the product feed and e-commerce features for the shopfront app as well as the whole back-end app for vendors. Some innovative features I have had the opportunity to implement include optimistic filtering, localstorage-based caching and a recursive stock-aware product matrix.
ITER is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation with a remit to promote the use and research of renewable energies and emerging technologies. As part of a three-member team reporting to our project manager, my duties varied according to project. In general, they included implementation, dissemination/publishing and translation into English. Team work and planning proved to be valuable assets. The projects in question were:
A bespoke assistive word processor aimed at users with a learning difficulty and based on Java Swing, SQLite and XML. As the team's lead Java programmer, I developed all the text formatting infrastructure, assistive features and user views of the editing windows. I was also in charge of the project's online presence during its dissemination stage.
A multilingual smart clock app for Android devices with motion detection, voice output and brightness control. Except for its graphic design, I was in charge of all other aspects of the project, from analysis to development and publishing.
LGS is an ISO-certified clinical laboratory with more than 25 years of experience and a WAN spanning across six islands. As a key member of the IT department, my duties ranged from project design and network management at headquarters on Tenerife to on-call remote support and systems maintenance across all subsidiaries. I also liaised with our providers of clinical software and hardware and was the department's editor and curator of ISO 9001:2000 documentation. Simultaneous commitment to all areas demanded flexibility and strong time management skills. My most notable contributions were a reduction in database downtime and improved incidence response times, both accomplished through the complete migration to a thin-client architecture using open source tools.
Driven by its world-class research activity, Edinburgh is at the forefront of e-Science (also known as cyberinfrastructure in the US). The course covered the standards in data representation, exchange and processing that loosely-coupled systems can be based on. The emphasis was on XML, SOAP services and Java. Other topics included the Semantic Web, the Virtual Observatory and parallel programming in MPI and OMP.
Portsmouth ranks among the top post-1992 universities in the UK, with links to leading companies like Astrium or IBM. Core topics on the course included network security, the client-server architecture and Linux server management. It broadened my knowledge of IT security and introduced me to server-side scripting using PHP against a MySQL database.
ULL is a three-century-old higher education establishment with close ties to the world-renowned European Northern Observatory. Subjects covered during the course varied from database design and networking to pattern recognition and robotics. Programming skills learned ranged from UNIX shell scripting and SQL to C and basics of Java.
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