I transitioned into this role from DevOps to fill an urgent vacancy in the squads. In this role I have worked with various new technologies on a day-to-day basis. EventStores, Service Bus, CosmosDb, Multiple microservices, and updating the build/release pipelines using Azure DevOps and Octopus Deploy. I also actively took part in developing the culture and progression frameworks internally. This included helping organise Hackathons and charity gaming streams, promoting a safe environment to discuss mental health issues and working with management to describe and implement a skill based progression framework.
I started at Purplebricks as a DevOps Engineer, after a few months there was a need for more full-stack developers and so I agreed to transition from this role whilst becoming a member of the 'Dev-Ops Guild' to advocate the practices to other developers.
Built from the ground up a DevOps pipeline to automate build/releases getting the value to customers significantly quicker and without disruption to the service. Have an active input in the architecting of the API. Teach the team about new technologies, development and practices. Provide technical support to internal customers. Manage and maintain several databases including Azure SQL, Oracle and ERP DB. Create various Windows Services / Azure Web Jobs to automate tasks saving time and money. Liaise and code review for our outsourced developer.
Maintain, bug-fix and implement new features for in-house administration software. Architect and refactor this legacy system into N-Tier solution so it was extendable and ultimately more stable due to swapping out outdated legacy libraries (Examples such as old office interops). Manage and maintain several MySQL databases associated with this software and then play a part in architecting a new MS Azure Database to combine and centralise many databases into one main system, ultimately moving to a Microsoft stack.
Refactor an expansive code base to follow strong OO principles. Create various Windows services to automate tasks. Thoroughly and rigorously test code and bug fix. Integrate with third party APIs to provide various functionality requested by the client.
Maintain and install IT equipment. Manage Group Policy and general network administration.
Besides being a full time web dev, I spend a lot of my time developing an app with a friend of mine. We use this as a playground to learn new technologies.
When not developing the app or learning, I enjoy playing games, socialising and reading.
This year I also did the unthinkable and joined the gym in a bid to get healthier!