I am a Guernsey based independent software consultant with 10 years of experience. My wife Joelle and I have an 18 month old son named Théoden (yes, from Lord of the Rings), we call him Teddy for short.
I started programming when I went to University and did a BSc in Computer Games Programming. For my final year project I created my own 2D game engine in (C++) which could be accessed by a level editor (C#) to demonstrate rapid tool development.
In 2017 I lost 25kg/4 stone/25% of my body weight. I've gone from disliking jogging to jogging daily and have managed to complete 5 half-marathons. In 2018 I would like to build up to doing a marathon. Despite becoming very active, I continue to enjoy trying different ales and playing video games to relax.
During my 10 years delivering software in the finance industry I have worked with accountants, bookkeepers, investment consultants, human resources and compliance to deliver tools primarily to boost efficiency but also to help keep in-line with the ever changing requirements surrounding data law. I have worked on...
Beyond the finance industry I also create websites for small local companies, self-employed people and charities. I'm not sure why these have been smaller operations, perhaps because I have a soft spot for people trying to start something new. As I host a lot of personal projects I have quite a few virtual servers hosted in the UK and occasionally provide managed hosting.
I have done a number of presentations at the Digital Greenhouse Guernsey, primarily for Lunch && Code but also the occasional adhoc one. Additionally, I've also spoken at a St Martin's School Coding Club about games development (which was more intimidating than talking to adults). I am a site manager for the Guernsey Global Games Jam which happens in January every year.
In my spare time I have a number of on-going and deceased personal projects. Primarily my spare time is used creating games with my friend Marc over at Granite Games for fun and perhaps one day, for some profit; the games industry is brutal to break in to. I founded data.gg in 2014 with Kieran Senior and continue to work on that.
On the Android app store I have 3 apps...
Monitor Guernsey Airports arrivals and departures.
Monitor Guernsey Harbours arrivals and departures.
Four band resistor calculator, useful for Raspberry Pi, Arduino or other electronic projects.
Font Whiz is a small open source tool I created to generate an image of a font from a file to help with fast font rendering in games. There's also discuss.gg which I run as a discussion platform for Guernsey.
On the deceased front I ran Gamely Digest with my friend Nik for a few years doing video game reviews which was surprisingly fun. Unfortunately, reviewing games is very time consuming and began to suck the fun out of playing them. I also ran Jotter for a few years (read about closure here) and did quite a bit of work on a political voting website called vote.gg which you can read about the closure of here. I toyed with not listing the deceased projects here but ultimately decided I should considering their significant scopes. After-all, they say the road to success is paved with failures.