Curriculum Vitae

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Simon Da Vall

A highly successful C# / ASP.Net Analyst Programmer, with over 15 years experience, acquired across a diverse range of industries in a series of demanding roles. Proven success delivering projects under pressurised conditions.

Whilst having the skills and confidence to work effectively as an individual, has the communication and collaboration skills required to work productively in a project team environment. With the ability to hit the ground running, is now seeking the next challenging and rewarding opportunity to demonstrate substantial abilities and make an effective contribution in a successful, end user focussed team.

Education

1994 - BEng (Hons.) Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London University.

Professional Qualifications

  • Sitecore Developer Level 1 & 2 (Most recent Sitecore XP 7 .Net Developer)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) – Enterprise Applications Developer.
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – C# / ASP.NET Development.
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Desktop and Distributed Windows Applications.
  • Fully qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Expertise

  • C#, ASP.NET, MVC, .Net Core, .Net Framework 2.0 to 4.6.1
  • Sitecore CMS Systems Development. v6.5 to v8.2
  • HTML5, XSLT, Javascript(JQuery), CSS presentation layer.
  • SQL Server, MySQL, MongoDB
  • WebAPI(Json) with Angular consumption, WCF REST (Xml/Json).
  • AGILE Development & TDD.
  • Continuous Integration (TeamCity / NAnt / CruiseControl.Net).
  • Design Patterns (incl. MVC & MVP). Object Orientated Analysis & Design.

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Achievements

  • Atmosphere – Climate Science Exhibit 2010 – Single-handedly developed the web presence for the Atmosphere Climate Science exhibition launched at the Science Museum in early December by the Prince of Wales. The project was the culmination of a 5 year research project conducted by the museum. The website was written using .Net 3.5 technologies including a WCF synchronisation of website to isolated touch screen posts located within the museum. An MVC design pattern was used throughout in order to decouple the data and business model from the various presentation layers.
  • The Open Golf Championship 2008 – Lead developer on the successful development of the official website for The Open Golf Championship 2008. This highly available site had over 12 million unique hits during the first 24hrs of the live event. Innovative concepts included Image Flow player profiles, Interactive World Map, and Timeline feature, and Web 2.0 feature integration (Twitter, Facebook, digit, etc.). The site also featured Akamai performance feature integration and a low latency ‘live’ scoring data pass-through from Unisys to BBC, and other broadcasters. The site was extremely well received by the R & A and the golf community.
  • Manchester United international websites – Senior Developer for the release of Manchester United’s official international web sites for Korea, Japan and China. Particularly aggressive deadlines were adhered to.
  • MCN and Today’s Golfer websites – Senior Developer for release of Manchester United’s key international web sites for (Korea, Japan, China & Malaysia). Particularly aggressive deadlines were adhered to.
  • Asyst For Schools – Lead developer and project manager for the development of a Schools Administration system for a leading independent school. This software was subsequently adopted by eight other independent schools.

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Work Experience

Codehouse (Apr 16 - Mar 17)

Lead Developer / Technical Architect

Key Skills: C# 5.0 / Sitecore 6.5 / TeamCity / Octopus / Agile / NUnit

Websites:

Returned to Codehouse to work on a number of updated features to be integrated to the M&G website. These included making the site responsive to mobile viewports, and updating several sections of the existing site. Required working on a dual synchronised git branching, allowing maintenance to the existing code set whist developing the feature branch in an up to date state. Was responsible for setting up and maintaining the CI and auto deployment using TeamCity and Octopus.

Having worked largely on more recent versions of Sitecore, it tested the powers of memory going back to the features of Sitecore 6.5

CPC Connect Ltd (Dec 15 - Mar 16)

Contract .Net Developer

Key Skills: C# 5.0 / WebAPI / Angular.js / NUnit / Docker Containers / Agile / TDD

Websites:

Worked on the final phase to launch of the gay matchmaking site gaydar.net.

My role largely focussed on the production of a large number of WebAPIs used to pass data around the application. Extensive use of Fiddler to track data packets.

Codehouse Group (May 15 - Dec 15)

Lead Developer

Key Skills: C# 5.0 / Sitecore 7.1-8.1 / ASP.NET 4.5 / MVC4 / Agile / NUnit

Worked on a number of projects of differing maturity, from Greenfield to third round feature additions.Primary role was to implementing a number of new features to a mature multi-language (Chinese based) website using Sitecore 7.1. A particularly testing feature involved implementing a cross language search facility to meet exacting client requirements, using SOLR 4.3. This required implementing a structure that integrated European, and Asian-based languages to a single index using computed fields.

Other notable project work included:

  • Upgraded Sitecore 6.6 through the various stages to v8.1 for another multi-lingual website.
  • Implemented SOLR 4.10 site search from the ground up (Greenfield)

Training Qualification & Property Management (Oct 14 - Mar 15)

Key Skills:

Took time away from contracting to organise the renovation of an overseas property and to brush up on training and professional qualifications.

During this period I attended the Sitecore XP 7.1 Web Developer qualification upgrade course and attained developer certification.

Radley Yeldar (Jan 14 - Sep 14)

Technical Architect / Developer

Key Skills: C# 4.0 / Sitecore 6.5 / ASP.NET 4.0 / MVC3 / XSLT / Agile / NUnit

Websites:

Third contract with Radley Yeldar. Redesigned and implemented a required restructuring to the Sitecore content database. This included an upgrade from version 6.3 to 6.5.

White label development of template site for Laing O'Rourke's micro sites. Code written such that each new micro site can be added to the existing site structure without further code change.

Subsequently the following microsites were added without further backend code work. Only a new Sitecore base node, together with css and config changes.

Taking a closer look at these sites you can see many similarities.

Codehouse Group (Sep 13 - Dec 13)

Developer

Key Skills: C# 4.0 / Sitecore 6.5 / ASP.NET 4 / Agile / TFS / MSTest

Websites:

Short contract with Codehouse to help launch the new nationwide website in Dec 2013. assisting a team of developers develop and implement the final features, and work through post test snagging list.

Site was successfully launched on time, with all features.

Radley Yeldar (Feb 13 - Aug 13)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 4.0 / Sitecore 6.4 / ASP.NET 4 / MVC3 / XSLT / Agile / NUnit

CIPFA (Apr 12 - Jan 13)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 4.0 / Sitecore 6.5 / ASP.NET 4 / XSLT / Agile

Websites:

The Science Museum (Nov 11 - Apr 12)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# / Sitecore 6.4 & 6.2 / ASP.NET / XSLT / Agile / WCF

Radley Yeldar (Sep 11 - Nov 11)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 4.0 / Sitecore 6.4 / ASP.NET 4 / MVC3 / XSLT / Agile / NUnit

The Science Museum (Jul 10 - Mar 11)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 3.5 / Sitecore 6.2 / ASP.NET 2.0 / XSLT / Agile / WCF

Radley Yeldar (Jan 10 - Jun 10)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 4.0 / Sitecore 6.4 / ASP.NET 3.5 / XSLT / Agile / NUnit

TDA (Teaching Development Agency) (Feb 09 - Jan 10)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 2.0 / Sitecore 5.3 / ASP.NET / XSLT / Agile / TDD

IMG Digital Media (Oct 07 - Nov 08) (subsequently became Endava)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 2.0 / Sitecore 5.3 / XSLT / Agile

LBi (Nov 06 - Aug 07)

Contract Analyst / Developer

Key Skills: C# 2005 / ASP.NET 2.0 / Web Services

Asyst Solutions Ltd (Jan 98 - Aug 05) (subsequently merged with The Access Group)

Associate Director for Technical Services

Key Skills: Classic Asp / VB6 / Com+ / VBScript / C# 2005 / ASP.NET 2.0 / ADO.NET / XML / SQL Server 2000

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Interests

  • Rugby – have played for Blackheath, Beckenham, Brighton and Hammersmith & Fulham. Currently playing and coaching minis at Teddington.
  • Technology, Cycling, Skiing, Reading, Music