New Stuff I've Been Playing With

In 2016 Amazon released their much awaited Echo in the UK.

Known as Alexa, the Echo is a Home AI device capable of communicating with your Smart Home devices such as Philips Hue Lighting, Nest Thermostats, Samsung SmartThings etc.

Where the Echo is unable to speak to a device or doesn't have a service (or 'skill') you require, Developers can write their own!

Make sure you tell Alexa to "Enable Management Speak". This is my latest skill for Alexa - now you can learn to speak like a Manager!



My Dev Background

About My Dev Background

I've been developing for over 20 years, well, if you count the old ZX Spectrum coding (when I say coding, I mean copying hundreds of lines from the old computing magazines) then I've been developing for about 28 years!

My Dad got me into Windows development when he rocked up with a copy of Delphi, from Borland as they were then. I got to grips with that very quickly before moving onto Visual Basic. I developed in VB for a couple of years before I moved into C#.NET; I've been developing with C# for over 10 years now and it's become my job, and my hobby! It's the mutts. Fact!


Stuff I Know About

Working as a Full-stack Senior Developer, I have proven experience in some really cool technologies.

Here are a few of the main ones with a Newbie to Super Hero rating... the stuff I use every day!

Obvs this is not an exhaustive stack, I 'm lucky that I can spend hours and hours reading up on and playing with new tech, this is just the main stuff... stuff I like!


Web Services (including Web API / ReST / SOAP)

Android Dev

SQL And SQL Server 2005 to 2012 (including SSIS, SSDT and SSRS)

Amazon AWS (e.g. EC2, S3, Glacier, Route53, SNS, SES, CF, RDS, IAM, EB, Lambda)

Amazon Echo (Alexa ASK, Platform)

Cloud Telecoms Services (e.g. IVR and SMS)

Cryptography (e.g. Symmetric, Asymmetric, PKI, Open/PGP, TLS/SSL, HMAC)



Pretty Good

Super Hero


What's Important To Developers


Using the latest dev tools, years of experience and my vast collection of dev libraries, I can develop quickly and deliver a reliable and maintainable codebase!


Code quality is very important! If you don't know what your own code is doing in 6 months time, you've failed yourself, and you've created a headache for others!


With over 20 years of dev experience and being a C# .NET hero (my own rating!), I've a sound knowledge of lots and lots of technologies and their implementation.


There are so many people willing to smash your systems for data - data is valuable - so building security in from the start is not only vital, but default in my solutions.


For a solution to be completely reliable, it needs more than just a sound codebase. Infrastructure, deployment, patching... all considerations in any solution.


Dev work can be expensive, usually due to poor planning! Technical Debt is costly. Plan well, deliver on time, keep deployments up to date and this will keep the cost down!


Some Numbers From My SMS Portal


SMS Received




SMS Sent




Some Stuff For Devs

SMS Gateway

SMS enable your apps and websites with my SMS Platform - on a pay as you go service!

Code Fission

My NuGet Repo for developers. Add amazing tool kits and libraries with a few clicks!


Xannum Crypto is a complete Crypto Toolkit for Windows with a huge array of crypto tools!

ComingSoon = true

Something Interesting Is Coming