Welcome!

This is where I share stuff from some of my various interests and hobbies.

I originally qualified as a wooden boat builder and had no plans to follow a career in technology. This all changed when I found that the luxury goods market was collapsing and boats definitely fell into this market.

I had been messing around with various computer based things from an early age and so decided to try and make a living from it. I started a course in computer science but only managed to complete the first year before life pressed me to get earning. I first took a job as an AS/400 operator at Heatrae Sadia. This was a very task focused role which soon became tiresome. I decided to look for something a bit more interesting so I registered with an agency and started a temporary position at Jeyes in Thetford, UK.

I was really lucky to get that position as my first agency one and the team there were really supportive. I got involved in all I could, learning as much as I was able to absorb. It was a great time for me and I ended up moving from a temporary contract to a permanent one.

Anyway, enough of my origin story (you can find out more in my CV), here are some of the things I'm messing around with at the moment...

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Rust

In the last few years I have been developing more systems using the Rust language. For a lot of the systems I work on, it's a great fit and I really enjoy writing code using it.

More recently I have been looking at both WASM and embedded systems and Rust is proving to be a really nice fit here too.

Go

I started writing Go programs fairly early on in it's existence and really enjoyed the simple yet productive nature of the language. I still appreciate this and I find it compliments Rust really well since where one starts being awkward the other picks up.

I mainly use Go when I'm interacting with multiple API services or the system doesn't involve very loosely defined data objects.

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Robotics

I'm currently researching building a battle robot as a team effort involving a few friends. I am hoping that I can connect with a local high school to get a group together to design, build and compete the robot. If it works well, it would be something that would be enjoyable to develop further over a few years.

My research so far has discovered Fighting Robots Association. Which has multiple weight classifications so that experience in smaller robots can be developed before attempting a larger build.