Developer based in the West-Midlands
In my comfort zone with backend work, but enjoy the challenges of frontend too. Advocate of clean coding, RESTful APIs, Microservices, Containerization, CI/CD and Cloud Hosting.
I was made the tech lead in the Revenue squad, this came with the added responsibilties of being ultimately responsible for the technical excellence of the product we develop and ensuring it meets our standards of security, architecture, and internal best practices.
Most recently I've been given a remit to improve our Developer Experience. This includes templating a lot of our common workflows such as creating a new API, or messaging publishers/subscribers, Azure Functions in order to accelerate and establish a best practice for our developers. As a part of this we're also standardising and upskilling the team on best testing practices including a good range of unit, integration and security tests. Ensuring that these are all run as part of a CI/CD pipeline. I'm really proud of where we've got these templates now, allowing a developer to spin up a new microservice, with all the core features such as; logging, swagger, authentication, data stores, application insights and it automates the creation of helm charts to deploy the whole solution to Kubernetes, taking what was previously a 4 day task down to a 15 minute task.
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. EventSourcing, Messaging Systems, CosmosDb, Multiple microservices, Creating and Managing multiple CI/CD Pipelines to facilitate our DevSecOps Culture. 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.
Over the last year or so I've taken a more security and architecture position. This includes implementing best security practices and educating the wider team on these practices, setting up an internal Security Guild. From an architecture POV I've been working closely with the solution architect and business exec sponsors to design and implement core strategic business objectives. Then, working with the development team to translate these business requirements into a technical solution, with a focus on security, scalability and extensibility.
Being a senior in the team I spent a good amount of time practicing TDD with more junior members and mentoring and guiding the team with best practice and evolving our CI/CD ways of working.
I've been involved in the recruiting process of our latest team members, from the CV screening through to the actual technical interviewing. This has been a great learning experience as it's a very different feeling sitting on the other side of that table.
I started at Purplebricks as a DevOps Engineer, I worked on improving our monitoring and alerting platform and helping to coach developers in best DevOps Culture practice. After a few months there was a need for more developers and so I agreed to transition from this role whilst becoming a member of the 'Dev-Ops Guild' to continue to advocate the practices and culture of DevOps 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.
Besides being a full time dev, I spend some of my free time building a business with a friend of mine, we launched in October 2020, check out Powered4.TV!
This has been a great learning experience for me and the ability to start something completely greenfield and build it from the ground up has meant we're able to put best practice in place from the start and learn and use new technologies I otherwise would not be able to in my day job, such as Blazor, Azure Tables, Azure Blobs and Terraform.
When not developing the app or learning, I enjoy playing games, reading, general nerdy pop culture.
This year I also adopted a cute rescue cat!🐈