Decided that I'd offer a £500 reward to anyone who can provide a useful introduction. Details here: http://johnlawrenceaspden.blogspot.com/2010/10/job-hunting-500-reward.html
Anyone in Cambridge need a programmer? Obviously Clojure is a speciality, and my current obsession, but I'm also pretty good with C (especially the embedded variety), microcontrollers, and Python, and I have a particular facility with mathematical concepts and algorithms of all kinds. My obsessions can be pretty quickly changed when I need them to be.
I have a reputation for being able to produce heavily optimised but nevertheless bug-free and readable code, but I also know how to hack together sloppy, bug-ridden prototypes, and I know which style is appropriate when, and how to slide along the continuum between them.
I've worked in telecoms, commercial research, banking, university research, a chip design company, server virtualization, a couple of startups, and occasionally completely alone.
I've worked on many sizes of machine. I've written programs for tiny 8-bit microcontrollers, and once upon a time every IBM machine in one building in Imperial College was running my partial differential equation solvers in parallel in the background.
I'm smart and I get things done. I'm confident enough in my own abilities that if I can't do something I admit it and find someone who can.
I also have various ancient and rusty skills with things like Java, C++, R, Common LISP, Scheme, ML, FORTRAN and Pascal which can be brushed up if necessary. Like all lispers, I occasionally write toy interpreters for made-up languages for fun.
If you're a local company using Java, who might be interested in giving Clojure a try (motivation here, in Paul Graham's classic Beating the Averages), I'd love to try to show you what all the fuss is about.
CV here if you're interested: http://www.aspden.com
I've never used a CV before, having always found work through word of mouth. So I expect that it can be improved. If anyone's got any suggestions as to how it could be better written, do please leave comments or e-mail email@example.com.
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