My name is Alex. I'm a driven full-stack software engineer and technology lead, passionate about web-standards, journalism and solving business problems.
I want to help improve the web, for everybody.

In my downtime, I enjoy travelling, music production and photography. Most often I can be found reading, or tinkering with computers, servers and code.

Ask Me About

๐Ÿ™ Architecture & Design: Software is shown-up by the ingenuity in buildings and everyday objects.
๐Ÿ’Š Biohacking & Kaizen: I employ a data-driven approach to my life following the quantified-self principle.
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan: Having lived and worked there for a couple of months, I have fallen in love with the country.

Secret Answers

๐Ÿ  My first pet was an Angel fish named Angel.
๐Ÿ’ผ My favourite film director is Tarantino.
๐Ÿ‘ป My favourite anime is Ghost in the Shell.
๐Ÿ•น๏ธ My favourite videogame is Super Metroid.
๐Ÿ“บ I don't have a favourite TV series.
๐ŸŽต There's too much good music.

Skills

  • 10 years commercial experience in full-stack software engineering, with JS, PHP, Java, Ruby and Golang: Utilising the overall-best-fit tools to solve a problem.
  • Stakeholder management & requirement-gathering across business domains. Experience and knowledge of digital media domains.
  • Team leadership & line-management experience, growing multi-disciplinary teams from the ground up through to feature delivery.
  • Tracing, diagnosing and mitigating faults in diverse technical stacks โ€” Legacy, distributed systems, etc.
  • Solutions & application architecture throughout the stack, from front-end caching strategies to messaging patterns.
  • Rich understanding of modern technologies, including in-development browser APIs, their adoption path and their business value.

Technical Proficiencies

  • App: Electron, React Native, ReactJS
  • Blockchain: Ethereum, Smart contracts
  • CDN: Fastly, Varnish Plus, AWS CloudFront, Cloudflare
  • Cloud Practioner: AWS (Lambda, S3, CloudFormation, DynamoDB, API Gateway, and more), DigitalOcean, Google Cloud Platform
  • Configuration Management: Ansible, Puppet, Terraform
  • Languages: JavaScript (TypeScript, Browser, ESNext, NodeJS), Golang, Rust, Java, Python, Ruby, PHP
  • Operating Systems: macOS, FreeBSD, Gentoo Linux, Debian/Ubuntu Linux
  • Security: OWASP, PWK
  • Testing: Cucumber/Gherkin, Jest, *Unit; Cypress, CircleCI, Jenkins

I am not actively seeking a full-time role, however you may see my full CV here, alternatively, please connect with me on LinkedIn. I am also available for consultancy.

Work Experience

  • Jan 2022โ€“Present: Principal Engineer, Customer Products, Financial Times
  • Jun 2022โ€“Jan 2023: Acting Technical Director, Customer Products, Financial Times
  • Jan 2021โ€“Jan 2022: Principal Engineer, New Products & Enterprise, Financial Times
  • Apr 2019โ€“Jan 2021: Principal Engineer, FT Group Products, Financial Times
  • Oct 2016โ€“Apr 2019: Principal Developer, Bluetel
  • Sep 2013โ€“Oct 2016: Software Developer, Bluetel
  • Sep 2009โ€”Jul 2013: Part-Time Software Developer & SysAdmin, Freelance


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