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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gis A Job! (And I'll give you £500)

Decided that I'd offer a £500 reward to anyone who can provide a useful introduction. Details here:

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:

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

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