I love coding!
I graduated from the University of Salford in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree, and I was a professional software engineer at Thomson Reuters for fourteen years from 2005 to 2019. I started out as a junior developer, and ended up a Software Team Lead.
I'm competent in C#/.NET for Windows desktop and webservices, but my real passions are cloud infrastructure, site reliability engineering and other DevOps-esque roles rather than just application development.
I have several years of professional experience of continuous integration/continuous deployment of microservices in Amazon Web Services, and I'd happily do it again too.
My strengths are:
- Building CloudFormation templates; manually and via Troposphere.
- Building Python scripts which interact with Amazon Web Services via boto3.
- Building EC2 instance user-data scripts with Bash and PowerShell.
- Using Packer.io to bake AMIs.
Building infrastructure-as-code scripts in Python to deploy:
- VPCs, subnets and NAT gateways.
- IAM Users, Groups and Roles with appropriate IAM policies.
- Auto-scaling groups with scaling rules, health checks and appropriate launch configurations.
- EC2 launch configurations with user-data scripts and appropriate security groups.
- Load balancers in front of target groups of EC2 instances.
- KMS keys with appropriate IAM policies.
- RDS instances with appropriate security groups.
- CloudFront distributions.
- Lambda functions.
- S3 buckets with appropriate IAM policies.
- CodePipeline pipelines and CodeBuild stages.
I'm not confident yet to say Golang is one of my strengths, but it's certainly a new love.
I've released a lot of my personal code as MIT-licenced projects available on GitHub. The documentation for these projects is below.I've also contributed to Amazon Web Service's open-source documentation and code.