About Me

I am a highly proficient, customer focused Developer specialising in Java EE and Web Development gained via 12 years commercial IT experience, 7 years Java Web Development Experience, Oracle Certified Java Web Component Developer Certification, Sun Certified Java Programmer Certification, and a Business Information Technology degree. I have a wealth of experience of full-life cycle development, and I am self motivated team member, with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. I strive to enhance existing skill set and gain experience of new technologies, in a customer focused environment.

After spending three years working at the Nuffield Institute, Public Health Division (1996 – 1999), I felt that I had gained a wide range of experience working on small and medium scale projects. Due to the invaluable experience gained and the successful completion of my degree in 1999, I was able to obtain a place on a two year graduate training programme with EDS based in Sheffield.  During the programme I gained experience in many phases of the development life-cycle. This included Requirements Capture, Analysis and Design, Development, and Unit and System Testing. I completed technical training in C, Oracle, Unix and many business skills before graduating from the programme in July 2001. I then moved into an Information Analyst/Engineer role at EDS, using Java EE technologies (Java, JSPs, Servlets).

I passed the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam in June 2004 and I went on to enhance my knowledge of Java web and portal technologies. For this I was able to secure a Java Portal Developer role at the University of Nottingham in the Portal Services team (Jan 2005), using Java, XML, XSLT, JDBC, etc. The student portal (http://my.nottingham.ac.uk) provides personalised access to a range of university critical systems through a central channel.  I then progressed on to a Senior Java Developer (Portal) role at University of Manchester (May 2006) where I gained more in-depth experience of developing Student Portal (http://portal.manchester.ac.uk), Portlets and the JSR168 specification.

In June 2007 I moved to my current role as Senior Solutions Developer at TfL (Transport for London) where I develop Java GIS Web applications for various business departments within TfL and externally, such as LondonWorks Portal and Public Register (http://public.londonworks.gov.uk) – (Java GIS Web apps and web services) used for managing Street Works activity across London, IAP – Information Access Portal used by TfL Customer Services team to provide the general public with up to date information on incidents affecting the London Bus Route network, and TPOMA – Transport Police Online Mapping Application used to assist crime and intellegence analysts and the Transport Police to identify crime hotspots across London.

I passed the Oracle Certified Professional Java EE Web Component Developer exam in November 2010, and I am currently further enhancing my knowledge of java web and portal technology, especially around Java Web Services, and the Spring MVC/Webflow framework. 

In the long term I see myself moving into an IT consultancy role, where I will be able to provide advice and support to SMEs to take advantage of new technology for promoting and running their business, using all the skills and experiences I have gained over the years.

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