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🏙 Architecture & Design: Software is shown-up by the ingenuity in buildings and everyday objects.
💊 Biohacking & Kaizen: I employ a data-driven approach to my life following the quantified-self principle.
🇯🇵 Japan: Having lived and worked there for a couple of months, I have fallen in love with the country.
Secret Answers🐠 My first pet was an Angel fish named Angel.
💼 My favourite film director is Tarantino.
👻 My favourite anime is Ghost in the Shell.
🕹️ My favourite videogame is Super Metroid.
📺 I don't have a favourite TV series.
🎵 There's too much good music.
- 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 — 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.
- 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
- Operating Systems: macOS, FreeBSD, Gentoo Linux, Debian/Ubuntu Linux
- Security: OWASP, PWK
- Testing: Cucumber/Gherkin, Jest, *Unit; Cypress, CircleCI, Jenkins
- Jan 2022–Present: Principal Engineer, Customer Products, Financial Times
- Jun 2022–Jan 2023: Acting Technical Director, Customer Products, Financial Times
- Jan 2021–Jan 2022: Principal Engineer, New Products & Enterprise, Financial Times
- Apr 2019–Jan 2021: Principal Engineer, FT Group Products, Financial Times
- Oct 2016–Apr 2019: Principal Developer, Bluetel
- Sep 2013–Oct 2016: Software Developer, Bluetel
- Sep 2009—Jul 2013: Part-Time Software Developer & SysAdmin, Freelance