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I am a well-rounded Software Engineer, with over 10 years of Software Development experience. I understand what it takes to release a product having worked on the back-end, front-end, testing and finally the deployment aspect of several products.

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# Work Experience

# Senior Software Engineer (Remote), ViTRiFi Limited (opens new window), 6th Floor 33 Holborn, London, England, EC1N 2HT, UK - 01/11/2021–03/03/2022 - Contractor

Cannot disclose details due to NDA.

Tech: Golang, Kubernetes, Docker, Docker Compose, AWS, Amazon EKS, Grafana, Loki, Prometheus, Shell scripting/Bash, Visual Studio Code Remote - Containers, gRPC, Protocol Buffers, Kafka, Redpanda Kafka, GitLab.

# Golang Engineer (Remote), Paymentsense Limited (opens new window), The Brunel Building, 2 Canalside Walk, London, W2 1DG, London, UK - 05/07/2021–31/10/2021 - Permanent

Worked as a Golang Engineer on Connect-E (https://docs.connect.paymentsense.cloud/ConnectE/GettingStarted (opens new window)).

Tech: Golang with modules, Docker, Docker Compose, TypeScript, GCP, Google Cloud Datastore, Google Cloud Big Query, Google Cloud Pub / Sub.

# Remote Cloud Software Engineer / Golang, IBM United Kingdom Limited (opens new window), Hursley Park, Winchester, UK - 14/09/2020–-30/04/2021 - Contractor

I worked on IBM Cloud as Software Engineer on the IKS Cluster (IBM Cloud™ Kubernetes Service) team as Cloud Software Engineer / Golang Engineer. IKS is effectively something like AWS, GCP or Azure, see IBM Cloud (opens new window).

  • I'm a member of the IBM Cloud™ Kubernetes Service team responsible for delivering IBM's Kubernetes managed container service. As a certified K8s provider, IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service provides intelligent scheduling, self-healing, horizontal scaling, service discovery and load balancing, automated rollouts and rollbacks, along with secret and configuration management and a fully managed image registry with integrated vulnerability scanning.
  • Working in an agile way and operating with a continuous delivery model.
  • Team/Squad consisted of around nine (9) people and we managed the complete life cycle of deliveries.

Tech: Go, Golang, Shell Scripting, Bash, Docker, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, RedHat, Travis CI (opens new window), LogDNA (opens new window), go.uber.org/zap (opens new window), etcd (opens new window) or What is etcd? | IBM (opens new window).

# Full Stack Go and Vue.js Developer, Open Banking Limited (opens new window), St Katharine's & Wapping, London, UK - 08/05/2018–01/01/2020 - Contractor

Working as a full stack developer at Open Banking on a tool that will validate a bank’s implementation of the OpenBanking API spec, see:

Tech: Go, Golang, Node.js, Vue.js (opens new window), Vuex (opens new window), Jest, Docker, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, OpenID Connect (opens new window), JSON Web Token (JWT) (opens new window), Kompose (opens new window), CircleCI (opens new window), Swagger (opens new window), WebSocket, Bitbucket Pipelines, OpenAPI 3.0, https://bitbucket.org/openbankingteam/conformance-suite (opens new window), https://hub.docker.com/u/openbanking/ (opens new window).

# Senior Engineer, 90POE - Ninety Percent of Everything Limited (opens new window), Marble Arch, London, UK - 01/02/2018–20/04/2018 - Contractor

Worked at startup specialising in software that runs on ship on two projects that were heavily Go-based.

platform-document-storage-service: Document storage and retrieval to be used by others services, so it's a core service. The core of the service was written in Go and exposed using gRPC (opens new window) and http using go gorilla/mux (opens new window). Both write and retrieve supported arbitrarily large files which was achieved using gRPC unidirectional streams. The underlying store was MongoDB's GridsFS (opens new window) which I interfaced with using the Go driver mgo (opens new window).

auditing: Currently working on this. The service is structured very similar to the preceding in that the underlying service is exposed using gRPC but the top-level interface is done using GraphQL. I wrote the GraphQL server in go using graphql-go (opens new window). The underlying store is in Postgres and the library I used to interact with it is GORM (opens new window).

Tech: Go, Golang, gRPC (opens new window), go gorilla/mux (opens new window), Protocol Buffers, GORM (opens new window), MongoDB, MongoDB GridsFS (opens new window), mgo (opens new window), GraphQL, graphql-go (opens new window), Docker, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, NodeJS, Jest, Concourse CI (opens new window), Postgres.

# Full Stack Developer, Root Capital LLP (opens new window), London Bridge, London, UK - 09/10/2017–24/12/2017 - Contractor

Worked as a full stack Node.js developer on the Minds for Life (opens new window) application, mainly on the forum.

Frontend:

Backend:

CI, Devops and Infrastructure:

Tech: JavaScript, ES6, Node.js, react, react-redux, react-boilerplate (opens new window), Webpack, Koa (opens new window), Knex.js (opens new window), Sequel Pro, Docker, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, Semaphore CI (opens new window), Wercker (opens new window), Amazon S3 (opens new window), Amazon CloudFront (opens new window)

# Full Stack Node Developer, Lloyds Banking Group PLC (opens new window), London Bridge, London, UK - 20/03/2017–22/05/2017 - Contractor

NodeJS - JavaScript:

  • Loopback for server-side of the code.
  • ES5/6-based code base.

Monitoring/Devops/Misc:

Tech: JavaScript, Node.js, ES5/6-based code base, LoopBack (opens new window) for server-side of the code, SysLog (opens new window), Splunk (opens new window), Jenkins (opens new window), Jenkins 2 (opens new window), Gerrit Code Review (opens new window), IBM Bluemix (opens new window)

# Senior Front-End Engineer, Synthace Ltd. (opens new window), King's Cross, London, UK - 13/04/2016–04/11/2016 - Permanent

Did a fair amount of architectural UI work:

  • JWT-based authentication: Implemented most, if not all, of the authentication related UI features. Polymer didn’t have an authentication module as it’s fairly new requiring me to re-implement this feature.
  • API interactions: I introduced Swagger JS and did the conversion from plain XHR to Promises, and ensured API was in-sync with the state of the authentication.
  • Updates via the Web Socket for notifications and async task updates: STOMP Over WebSocket.
  • Bootstrapped the testing using Web Component Tester.
  • Deciding on the build, test and hosting strategy, e.g., hosting our own CDN using Azure.
  • Performance: 1) pushed to have HTTP/2 enabled, and prototyped, on our custom server written in Go, 2) implemented lazy-loading of our Web Components which are included using HTML Imports, 3) Significantly improved UI build scripts; went from a somewhat un-deterministic build to one that almost always runs.
  • Introduced ES6 to the code-base, and moving to defining Polymer elements using ES6 classes.
  • Misc: libraries/utils to ease UI development.

We deploy Docker images to our Kubernetes cluster running in Azure using:

  • Docker: Fairly comfortable using this.
  • Kubernetes: I've done deployments of dev branches, so I understand the deployment model, navigating the Kubernetes dashboard and crude command line interactions, e.g., port-forwarding of the service the pod is running from the cluster to the local machine.

I’m finishing up on adding support for our language Antha to Monaco Editor, the editor that powers Visual Studio Code.

Since this is a startup I have done a fair amount of work and I have been given a fair share of responsibility, more so than any of my prior roles.

Tech: JavaScript, ES6, Polymer Project (opens new window), Web Components (opens new window), TypeScript, VSCode, Azure, Docker, Kubernetes, Go, Polymer Web Component Tester (opens new window), Git, Swagger.

# Developer, IG Index Ltd. (opens new window) Cannon Bridge, London, UK - 09-2014–18/02/2016 - Permanent

# JavaScript Developer

  • Price & Indicator Alerts: My main responsibility was handling the UI aspect—setting, configuring, triggering—of the various Alerts we support, from the basic Price Alert to Technical Indicators such as RSI and Moving Average. Tech New: Modern UI powered by ES2015 (Babel), Ember.js, Handlebars and Less. The UI was then composed of isolated and reusable Ember components. Runs on a NodeJS server, managed with npm and bower, and version controlled using Git. Integration and unit tests written in Mocha then run using Karma. Tech Old: Vanilla JavaScript using an in-house framework when changing the previous UI.
  • Charts: Assisted in the conversion of the Adobe Flex Real Time Charts to an SVG-based version. Tech: d3 and tested like above.
  • Deeplinking: A hashed action link, like typical deeplinks, that we send to our Clients which then launches the mobile IG app, or directs them to the app store for the device with the IG app pre-selected. Upon login the action is carried out automatically. I did the bulk of the work with the team lead overseeing it. Tech: Java 8, Spring and acceptance tested using Cucumber. Redirecting and launching of the IG app was done using vanilla JavaScript.

# Software Developer, ITRS (International Trading Room Software) Group Ltd. (opens new window) Moorgate, London, UK - 02-2010–09-2014 - Permanent

# JavaScript (UI) Developer, 01/2014–09/2014

UI for the next generation of the product which is built around, loosely speaking, a real-time distributed analytics store. The aim is for the old system to stream data to the new system so we can provide all the great visualizations available in the HTML ecosystem, which was not achievable in a reasonable amount of time in Swing.

The code is entirely modularized using RequireJS so we can test each viewmodel without creating a view, we then test the entire UI (end-to-end tests) using WebDriverJS.

Some Java/C coding required to write NodeJS bindings to interact with the store. We evaluated several frameworks, Angular, Batman and KnockoutJS, by writing prototype applications that connected to our backend for a period of roughly 4-6 months before we chose to settle on Knockout.js.

Tech: JavaScript, NodeJS, Node-WebKit, Durandal, KnockoutJS, RequireJS, Git, Jasmine, Protractor (WebDriverJS), Jenkins, Bower, HTML5, CSS, LoopBack.io.

# Java (UI) Developer - 07/2012–12/2013

Worked with two developers and one QA member on a new Swing UI, ACLite, that uses our new streaming-based API to access Geneos data, for more info. see https://resources.itrsgroup.com/OpenAccess (opens new window). We access data from a fault-tolerant Cluster that is built on a set of distributed nodes. The system we coded against is somewhat similar to the Amazon distributed key/value store, DynamoDB, except with support for streaming, so I am familiar with dealing with distributed systems.

Tech: Java, Maven, Swing, Eclipse, Jenkins, Git, Vagrant.

# C++ Developer - 02/2010–06/2012

Spent one year with Run The Business (RTB) team, a team set-up to fix critical bugs that Customers encounter. A very challenging role which requires all-around product knowledge, good debugging skills and being able to liaise with our Support staff in dealing with the Customers. Prior to this I was one of three developers working in the Transactions and Latency Monitoring team (part of the backend team) doing core C++. We wrote and maintained the following plug-ins that are part of the Geneos suite:

  1. Geneos FIX plug-in (opens new window): Monitors FIX (protocol) messages.
  2. Feed Latency Monitoring Plug-In (opens new window): Monitors feeds and calculates latency of instruments and fields across the monitored feeds.
  3. Latency Monitoring - Message Tracker FIX adapter (opens new window): Tracks, generally, FIX messages across several checkpoints.
  4. Market Data Monitor (opens new window): See below. And bespoke plug-ins written for specific firms.

We also maintained several non-finance specific plug-ins. I ported another bespoke plug-in called Price Latency Monitor (provides latency figures for bonds) to MS VC++ when I worked on this team. Projects:

  • I converted the Windows version of the entire product suite from Visual Studio 2005 to 2010.
  • I wrote the Market Data Reliability plug-in. This plug-in connects to the Patsystem's Trading API (<www.patsystems.com>) to monitor commodity prices, using their C API, to determine if prices are 'stale'.
  • I ported a significant part of our product to Solaris x86-64 (64-bit non-sparc architecture).

Tech: C++, STL, Boost, Visual Studio, Linux/Unix, GDB, DBX, Make, Configure, XML, XPath, CPPUnit, Financial Information eXchange (FIX) protocol (opens new window), Geneos FIX plug-in (opens new window), Feed Latency Monitoring Plug-In (opens new window), Latency Monitoring - Message Tracker FIX adapter (opens new window), Market Data Monitor (opens new window), Geneos PATS-STATUS Plug-In (opens new window), Patsystem's Trading API.

# Software Developer Intern, then Tester, Thomson Reuters. Canary Wharf, London, UK - 05-2009–11-2009

# C# Developer

One of four developers working on a search and navigation interface to Global Product Search. Full life-cycle of development; requirements engineering, analysis and design to implementation, testing and deployment.

Tech: C#, Silverlight 3.0, MS SQL Server 2005, LINQ, Web Services (WCF), XML and Visual Studio 2008. I handled deployment using CruiseControl.NET.

# Tester

User Acceptance Testing of the latest release of Thomson Reuter's 3000 Extra, then called UTAH, now called Eikon. UTAH combines the data from Thomson and Reuters. My primary responsibilities were to validate the end product against pre-defined requirements/workflows. 1. Worked on Thomson Reuters project UTAH as part of a large team. 2. Tasks included testing, observing, documenting software bugs, issues and errors before final release of Utah. 3. Testing was done over multiple iterations.

# Education

  • 2005-2008: BSc Computer Science (2.1), City, University of London.
  • 2008-2009: MSc Software Systems Engineering (Attended), University College London, and Trading & Financial Market Structure module, London Business School.

# Additional Information

# Misc

  • Passport/Nationality: I have a British Passport.
  • Drivers Licence: Full UK Driving Licence.
  • Background/Criminal Check:

# Languages

  • English and Swahili: Native.
  • Arabic: Intermediate. I own an apartment in Marrakech, Morocco. I have lived in Cairo, Egypt and have travelled several times to the UAE.
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