Uruguay, Brasil and ArgenteniaJanuary 2014 - Present
Currently living and traveling with my son in South America. Officially semi-retired, I develop and maintain, as a hobby, an AI based system for predicting horse racing. This involves extraction of data from several web sites and continuous use of the Betfair API. Developed in C# and SQL Server. I also have performed several conversions of VBA/Access to VB.NET or C# for previous clients. I really enjoy this kind of work and am currently looking for more part-time or short term remote only projects.
Developer/analyst, working in C# and VB.Net, maintaining and developing bespoke in-house packages. Developing and maintaining web based in- house packages with an oracle back end. Part of the contract involved the maintenance and documentation of FEWD, a database driven application that produced fully functional web sites.
Sole developer/designer, designed a bespoke client/server application, using VB.Net, Access and SQL Server. Responsible for the complete lifecycle, designed, developed and installed a bespoke client server disaster recovery package to aid recovery and communications in the field.
Sole developer working on a part time role concerned with mathematical modelling. As sole developer, responsible for all aspects of the development process, I converted an Access database to a multi-threaded VB.Net program. This included a complete redesign of the user interface and conversion of the SQL to connect to either Access or SQL Server. Another project involved developing a user interface to a mathematical modelling tool. This captured and checked the data and performed several data conversions before sending the data to the modelling tool in its bespoke format. I also designed and implemented a set of WinForm validators, based on the ASP.NET model and an Excel import tool which validated data at field and table level using a database defined rule set. I also identified several ways in which they could tighten up their Excel data capture procedures to ensure more accurate data.
Nursing & Midwifery CouncilOctober 2010 - November 2011
Member of a team working on a bespoke, rules based workflow system, controlling the regulatory responsibilities of the council. The system was written in VB6, utilising SQL Server 2008, with web sections written in C#, ASP.Net and JQuery.
My main duties included support, maintenance and new development work. This included understanding the nature of any bug report, estimating, developing, unit and user testing and final implementation of any fixes. The capture and design of new business requirements, developing new stored procedures and extensive tuning of existing queries. I also used MSMQ with XML extensively, produced build scripts using MSBuild and developed several reports within SQL Reporting Services.
Member of a team working on market leading, rules based Insurance industry software with a Pan-European user base. Involved in the support/enhancement of the Web/n-tier system to meet the requirements of new customers. The system, written in VB6, C#, ASP.NET and JQuery, utilising SQL Server 2008, was in the process of being fully converted to C# .NET (Version 3.5)
Solely responsible for the development, support and management of a web- based financial planning, forecasting and reporting system. The system supplied sales and stock details to the Pan-European Xerox dealer and distributor network, and was capable of validating, formatting and recording user input via email, FTP and an in-house Electronic Document Interface (EDI) to the data warehouse, from which it was accessible for querying by users via the bespoke report generator. Developed using VB6, ActiveX, ASP, HTML, XML, VB/Java Script and PL/SQL the system delivered significantly enhanced performance over its predecessor.
Several small Access/VB6 database projects were also developed. Latterly the work involved the migration of Oracle data from the previous system into SAP using stored procedures to query the data and output to text files.
Senior Analyst Programmer (Contract) (2 years 3 months)
Home Based Development of an Environmental and Energy Management, internet accessible system for Access/SQL Server replication across over 50 UK sites. Employed SQL Server 2000, Access 2000, VBA, VB, DCOM, ActiveX and FTP to increase the replication speed. Provided ad-hoc maintenance and development of the existing Access code and Crystal Reports.
Team Leader managing 5 programmers. Responsible for the Enhancement and maintenance of an existing suite of award wining programs delivering business processes to BMW's dealer network. Initially the system consisted of C++, C and Basic applications running on a Novell File Server. Responsible for the design and development of a replacement application suite written in VB6 and using an Oracle 8i database. Implemented in a 3-Tier architecture and utilising DCOM objects and MTS, the system delivered the business and data access layers. Wherever possible stored procedures and packages, in PL/SQL were used to give maximum performance. Preparatory work included mainframe data capture and batch updating of 500,000+ rows using PL/SQL and SQL Loader. All elements from design to final test were fully documented using Visual Modeller and an in-house product.
Additionally responsible for the development and maintenance of several small applications developed in Access, VB6 and Crystal Reports, which delivered ad-hoc support for the existing Dos system.
Senior Analyst Programmer (Contract) (3 years 5 months) Home Based Developed several standalone applications using VB4/5/6 and Access for a plant tracking system handling hire, billing and maintenance commitments for over twenty thousand pieces of small plant. Responsible for the development of a large plant tracking and planning system used to track hire and maintenance of track laying equipment. This role was performed from my home office, which allowed me to provide out of hours support and maintenance across five separate sites.
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