- Great Malvern, GB
- £45 /hr
- Available now
Microsoft Press author!! Hi, I am a VB dotnet and SQL Server specialist with > 25 years experience of Microsoft technologies, based in Malvern in Worcestershire (UK). I wrotemore...Microsoft Press author!! Hi, I am a VB dotnet and SQL Server specialist with > 25 years experience of Microsoft technologies, based in Malvern in Worcestershire (UK). I wrote a regular Visual Basic column for EXE magazine for 2 years, contributed a chapter to 2 editions of a Microsoft Press book about Visual Basic, and was also a Technical Editor for an MSDN site for a while. I develop Windows front-end and back-end applications / services, and also asp dotnet websites. I can also design, implement and administer SQL Server databases. Microsoft Certified Solution Developer.
Area Covered: UK
Summary: I am a Visual Basic programmer of 20 years experience, and a SQL Server developer/administrator for 16 years. I have been a software developer since 1986 and have developed constantly with Microsoft technologies since 1990.
I am also occasionally a writer/journalist. I wrote a regular Visual Basic column for a UK software development magazine for 2 years, contributed a chapter to two editions of a Microsoft Press book about Visual Basic 5 (and 6), and was a technical editor for the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) website.
Job Title: Software Developer
Company: World Development Systems Ltd
Description: Main IT guy for a small company which develops homeopathic devices for practitioners. Wrote and maintain the company website (> 185 pages) which has product pages, shopping cart and https checkout, and secure customer area with data stored on a SQL Server database.
Wrote a commercial software application in vb dot net with InstallAware application, available in English, German and Japanese.
Wrote standard client/server app called Mission Control which manages operational workflow, logistics and customer database etc. There is also a custom data synchronisation program (implemented as a Windows Service) which coordinates data transfer between the local SQL Server database, and the remote SQL Server database used by the company website.
Wrote installer routines using InstallAware for other company software written by somebody else.
Handle ALL IT support for the company (phone, email and in person where necessary).
Job Title: Software Developer / contractor
Company: Nationwide Building Society
Description: Worked as a PC software developer for the Microsoft platform, mainly using Visual Basic and SQL Server. Projects of note included a system for the Finance department whereby a 36-month sequence of snapshots of the entire mortgage book was put onto a 30GB SQL Server database (1 database for each month) to assist them in performing ad-hoc analysis of mortgage lending trends etc.
Other projects included:
* Conversion of a MS Access system to SQL Server 7 backend
* Worked with a team to develop a client/server system for the complete administration of the Society's loans to housing associations. My role encompassed much of the scope of the project, and was developed using VB and SQL Server.
* Creation of tactical application for Mortgage Operations department to manage the pilot processing of staff members accounts which have been converted to Daily Inerest while the stratgic solution was being developed on a mainframe computer.
* Also provided consultancy on other projects for troubleshooting, SQL Server database capacity planning, and data exchange (via XML) between mainframe and SQL Server.
Job Title: Contractor
Company: Claritas Ltd
Description: Wrote business and data tier components for a sales ordering system for a marketing company in MIddlesex. My role was to create the database environment (tables, stored procedures and triggers) and also to encapsulate the database into a series of Remote Automation Servers (VB4, SQL Server 6.5)
Job Title: Programmer
Company: The Open University
Description: Developed course modelling software using dBase 3 and Clipper
Education Summary: 8 O Levels gained in 1981 from school.
BTEC Diploma in Technology (Engineering) from 1981-1983
BTEC Higher Certificate in Business and Finance 1984-1986
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (exams in VB6 desktop, VB6 distributed, Windows Operating System Architecture, SQL Server Database Design)