Looking for folk to help

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I’m currently taking a bit of a break from regular work. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a deadline or an imminent sense of expectation – I’ve been digging on the coal face of professional software development almost constantly for 27 years. I’m lucky to be in a position, through hard work over those 27 years and circumstance, that I don’t need to find paid work “tomorrow” and so I’m taking a little time out to recharge, scratch a few itches, complete a couple of side projects, and figure out what I want to do next.

I’m a week in and one of the things that dawned on me is that I’m not really talking to people in the day and I miss helping fellow developers with technical problems and career development and that general chewing of the fat that goes on. Whatever I do next has to include this!

And so I figured a way to perhaps solve that problem and give something back to the community would be to offer some of my time to help others and hopefully everyone wins.

As a starting point I figure offering a regular hour a week to 3 people would be a good place to start. A space to knowledge share, talk through technical issues, career issues, approaches, challenges, look at code – basically whatever helps. I’m likely to favor helping people at the start of their career – just because its so hard when you’re faced with the entire crazy world of software development and the choices you make then reverberate down the rest of your career.

If its of interest then drop me a DM on Twitter with just a short note of how you think I might be able to help and we can set up a Teams or Zoom call and talk it through and see if its a good fit. I’m on UK time. If I end up over subscribed (feels very hubristic to say but I think its important to be clear) I’ll need to filter down to 3 people and that will be based on where I think I can have the most impact.

As some background on me – I’m based in the UK and I taught myself to code in the 80s on the 8-bit micros (a BBC Model B and Master 128) and moved into professional software development I think in 1994. I skipped university – I had a place to do Computer Science but school had left a really nasty taste in my mouth and I managed to find a job through sending in some source code to businesses (on a 3.5″ floppy!). Over the years I’ve done just about every role from writing code to managing large teams, working in product teams, consultancy, corporates, and startups. Making things is my passion and my natural home is small teams with a good deal of end to end autonomy. Tech wise – I started out with BBC Basic and 6502 assembly. Spent most of the 90s doing C and C++ on 68000 based embedded systems and PCs. Then the 2000s has been mostly .NET and web technologies (JavaScript, TypeScript, React, CSS etc.) – more recently I’ve got heavily into my functional programming with F# but still use C#. I’ve been all over Azure for the last 10 years and more recently have been dabbling with AWS and Digital Ocean.

Outside of tech – I’m (to say the least) a keen cyclist love to cycle up mountains. Sadly I live somewhere pan flat so COVID has been somewhat limiting this last year.


  • If you're looking for help with C#, .NET, Azure, Architecture, or would simply value an independent opinion then please get in touch here or over on Twitter.

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