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Julian Bell

Julian Bell

London, United Kingdom
Member since March 1, 2017
Julian is a full-stack developer with over 10 years of commercial software development experience, including architectural design. He's very experienced with Java and agile methodologies, and he is a hard working and fun addition to any team.
Julian is now available for hire
  • Now TV
    Java, Scala, Gradle, Cloud Foundry, Spring 4, Spring Boot, Spray, Akka...
  • British Gas
    Java, Groovy, Gradle, Debian Packages, Spring 3.2, Joda, Jackson, HBase...
  • Sky UK
    Java, J2EE, Spring 3.1, Spring MVC, Spring Security, REST, Quartz, Hibernate...
  • Java, 14 years
  • Spring, 10 years
  • Test-driven Development (TDD), 9 years
  • REST API, 7 years
  • Behavior-driven Development (BDD), 4 years
  • Gradle, 4 years
  • Cucumber, 4 years
  • Scala, 2 years
London, United Kingdom
Preferred Environment
Linux, Windows
The most amazing...
...project I've implemented is a secure voucher system used across Europe by a major media organization.
  • Software Developer
    2014 - 2016
    Now TV
    • Designed and implemented a voucher management system for the UK which will soon be rolled out across Europe.
    • Worked within a team to implement high concurrency microservices for our purchasing and billing applications.
    • Ensured that the deployments were made with ease using Jenkins and Cloud Foundry.
    • Implemented a working prototype of a JavaRX and a Retrofit application.
    Technologies: Java, Scala, Gradle, Cloud Foundry, Spring 4, Spring Boot, Spray, Akka, Spring Security, Hateoas, OAuth 1, Active Directory, MariaDB, Flyway, UnboundID, Quartz, Swagger, JavaRX, Retrofit, Specs 2, Cucumber, REST Assured, WireMock, ScalaTest
  • Software Consultant
    2013 - 2013
    British Gas
    • Gathered requirements, designed, and implemented a solution to store boiler metrics for all online customers.
    • Co-ordinated with a third party to implement a Rest API solution using JSON.
    • Stored all boiler metrics in HBase using a JDBC interface (Phoenix), ready for analytics.
    Technologies: Java, Groovy, Gradle, Debian Packages, Spring 3.2, Joda, Jackson, HBase, Phoenix HBase Client, Spring Security, Tomcat JDBC, Hibernate Validation, JDBI, DBDeploy, Jenkins, Vagrant, VirtualBox, Gatling, Fest, JUnit, Mockito, Cucumber
  • Contract Software Consultant
    2009 - 2013
    Sky UK
    • Added an API to the Sky search engine to allow all Sky departments to index their content for retrieval by any team.
    • Wrote the new Query API to allow other Sky teams to access content via Atom or RSS feeds (using Rome).
    • Implemented Spring security on all existing projects.
    • Added HTML editorial layers into our search views based on keyword matching.
    • Added improved technologies to the existing project; such as Quartz, JAXB, Hibernate with annotations, Rome, and Mockito.
    • Crafted the architectural design and implementation for the new guided search project.
    • Implemented a distributed caching system using EhCache, JGroups, and Spring.
    • Developed 2 different prototype content recommendations engine from scratch and a user recommendation engine using Mahout.
    • Worked with a team to implement the metadata repository for all Sky content.
    • Designed and co-wrote a real-time image scaling service for Sky users.
    • Rewrote the back-end auto-suggest service.
    • Designed and implemented a stateless security system for our Rest APIs using Spring Security.
    • Implemented an automatic data archiving solution using Quartz and MySQL list partition tables.
    Technologies: Java, J2EE, Spring 3.1, Spring MVC, Spring Security, REST, Quartz, Hibernate, JAXB, Rome, EhCache, JGroups, Memcached, Hadoop, Mahout, Jetty, Tomcat, JSP, jQuery, DisplayTag, Autonomy Idol, Eclipse, Oracle, MySQL, Linux, Shell Scripts, Ant, Mockito
  • Contract Senior Java developer
    2008 - 2009
    The Guardian
    • Worked as a software developer in a team of approximately 50 on a fully agile project.
    • Worked in the continuous improvement team which sought to improve the reliability and speed of the web site.
    • Implemented with a team the blog pages.
    • Co-designed and implemented Google AdSense into the Guardian site.
    Technologies: Java, J2EE, Hibernate, EhCache, Spring, Spring MVC, Velocity, Spring Security, Resin, Apache Tomcat, Eclipse, Oracle, Unix Shell Scripts, JavaScript, AJAX, Windows XP, Linux, JAXB, Mockito, Hamcrest
  • Contract Java Team Leader
    2006 - 2007
    Macquarie Bank
    • Designed and implemented a risk management (compliance) system. It aggregated all global share positions from all the different divisions and locations in Macquarie.
    • Designed the database schema, application project, and Java architecture. This application had a high volume of transactions so we went with a combination of Hibernate and stored procedures for the batch processes.
    • Communicated with the business users to gather the project requirements.
    • Acted as the technical lead in a team of 4 developers.
    • Suggested a redesign for the Macquarie leasing system, including remote/web services.
    Technologies: Java, J2EE, Hibernate, EhCache, JSP, Display Tag, Struts, Spring/Acegi Security, Spring, JDBC, WebSphere, WebLogic, Apache Tomcat, Eclipse, Sybase, Unix Shell Scripts, JavaScript, Windows XP, Linux, Web Services
  • Senior Java Analyst/Developer
    2004 - 2006
    MBF (Bupa Australia)
    • Delivered technology services to MBF in support of strategic initiatives. This includes architecture designs and requirements gathering on new and existing projects.
    • Designed and implemented a wide array of applications for over 2 years.
    • Converted applications and data from a legacy mainframe system to a new J2EE environment.
    • Used a wide selection of complementary technologies - such as Tibco messaging (EMS/JMS), BusinessWorks, Optra Forms, Oracle 9i Java functions (running within Oracle), Crystal Reports, and TopLink.
    • Developed a retail management system used by all MBF branches around Australia.
    • Built a real-time report printing to any branch in Australia.
    • Created a new J2EE-based application to replace the front and back ends of the existing health insurance software.
    Technologies: Java, J2EE, EJB, JSP, Struts, JMS, Tibco Business Works, JDBC, WebLogic, JBoss, TopLink, Eclipse, Oracle 9i, Unix Shell Scripts, JavaScript, Windows 2000, Solaris OS
  • Languages
    Java, Scala, Groovy, ECMAScript (ES6), JavaScript
  • Frameworks
    Spring Security, Hibernate, Spring, Spring Boot, Mockito, Spring MVC, JUnit, Akka, Swagger, Phoenix, Hadoop, Bulma, JSP
  • Libraries/APIs
    Quartz, Joda-Time, Jackson, REST API, spray, RxJava, Retrofit, JDBI, JAXB, JGroups, Mahout, Vue.js, Selenium WebDriver
  • Tools
    Gradle, Flyway, Cucumber, Jenkins, REST Assured, WireMock, ScalaTest, Vagrant, VirtualBox, Gatling, Apache Ant, RPM
  • Paradigms
    Agile, Pair programming, Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD)
  • Storage
    MySQL/MariaDB, Spring Data, HBase, Memcached, Sybase
  • Platforms
    UnboundID, Linux, Oracle Database
  • Other
    CloudFoundry, HATEOAS, OAuth, Active Directory, Specs, EhCache, Axios, Bash Scripting, AJAX
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    1997 - 2000
    University of Western Australia - Perth, Australia
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