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User since: Dec 12, 2001 at 20:34 UTC
Last here: Jan 19, 2017 at 04:26 UTC (5 weeks ago)
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Location:Toronto, Canada
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January 2, 2017: My contract has ended, so now I'm looking for a new opportunity in the GTA doing Perl. If you know of an organization looking for an enthusiastic, experienced Perl/Linux developer, let me know! I'll be available to start work in February (I'm taking the month off to recharge, regroup, work on my music). Thanks a bunch!

That's me on the Great Wall of China, North of Beijing. My chorus travelled to China in September 2012; a long flight, but most definitely worth it. In 2013, we were the champion chorus at the International Convention held right here in Toronto. Awesome! Plans for 2016/17 include our Christmas show in downtown Toronto, another Chrismas show in Hanover, ON, and our annual show at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in March. Should be a blast!

I'm a Software Developer located in Toronto, Ontario. I've been doing ETL work at Manulife under contract since October, 2015, but that's going to wrap up at the end of the year. After that, I'm open to the next adventure, perhaps a position as Senior Developer or better yet, Team Lead.


Over the summer of 2013, I worked on a few open source projects on github, namely MetaCPAN where I updated some docs and wrote some code, as well as Vagrant, where I submitted a first draft of a man page. (Vagrant is an awesome tool, by the way -- you should check it out.) I also updated some docs on Dancer2, which I am using to develop an API for a personal project of mine. I also cleaned up the Cookbook section of DBIx::Class, removing the code from the POD, instead pointing to the code examples (which I expanded a little). I also contributed a few fixes to the POD in Perl, which appeared in Perl 5.19.4.

At a recent job, I was under contract with Bluecat Systems, doing some virtualization work using libguestfs to prepare a thinly-provisioned disk image, then using the resulting system via AQEMU and VirtualBox. I also set up a git server and migrated the code base over from Perforce. And I maintained and supported the build process, running Jenkins.

My LinkedIn profile is here. I'm also on Twitter, and you can also find me on #perl occasionally.

I've been developing software professionally for over thirty years, starting with a variety of assemblers, then moving up the food chain to C, a sideways trip to Pascal, a brief visit with awk and finally, my current fav, Perl. I've worked in a variety of areas: word processing, data communications, robotics, desktop publishing, pharmacy management, the stock market, document conversion, and foreign exchange.

In the Toronto area and feel liking singing? Come on out to a chorus rehearsal and have a listen! Next show: December 3, 2016, at the Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto.