Good software is easy to understand, well tested and secure. I am a software developer with 15 years of experience who likes to work with and mentor developers and teams on how they can improve their code quality and security so they can produce better software.
Security is a focus for me, I've done work with platforms like Auth0 and consulted on the topic widely. I've also made open source contributions to security tools focused on JSON Web Tokens and Content Security Policies.
During my career I’ve worked with numerous organisations, big and small, including Eurostar, Immediate Media, Breakthrough Media, The Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and many more. I’ve fulfilled roles ranging from senior developer, technical consultant, architect and manager which provides me with an in-depth understanding of the tech industry and the challenges many organisations face.
I believe I have a great deal of experience and insight to offer. So if your organisation cares about open source and good software practices, or needs help to improve in these areas then we should talk further.
Immediate Media operates a number of large UK media brands, such as the Radio Times and BBC Good Food. I worked on their core WordPress and Symfony platform as a senior developer. I helped them build new features and improve existing ones while mentoring and guiding junior developers on topics such as Test Driven Development, code analysis and software architecture and design. Immediate follow an Agile Scrum workflow, most of their systems are based on AWS and they use development tools such as Vagrant and Docker.
To review my career history in full please visit my LinkedIn profile linkedin.com/in/robdwaller.
Wllr:Tech is focused on providing organisations with services around code quality and security. The aim is to help organisations improve the software and products they produce so less money is wasted on maintenance issues and more revenue is generated from users. Services provided include training, consultation and implementation help.
The most successful product though was The Fakers App which was launched in 2012 and did Twitter follow analysis, highlighting how many fake followers an account had. It was very popular, was mentioned in Mashable and on CNN, had 1.5 million users and was still generating incoming when StatusPeople was shut down in 2018. The Fakers App was run as a free service for a further two years and was closed down in early 2020. All the code for the App was open sourced on GitHub so others could make use of some of the ideas contained within.
My time running StatusPeople and supporting my own systems taught me a great deal about coding, dev-ops and database management as I had to build and maintain everything myself. It also taught me a lot about the business of technology and the contract law which sits around it.