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Paul M Furley

Paul M Furley

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Member since April 13, 2015
Paul is a solid engineer and an energetic teammate. He started his professional career writing high-speed C++ but now prefers Python on Linux. Most recently, he co-founded a startup as lead developer and previously spent six months with the UK Government Digital Service. He loves efficient organizations with a strong testing philosophy and focus on quality.
Paul is now available for hire
  • OpenPGP, 12 years
  • Linux, 10 years
  • JavaScript, 8 years
  • Python, 6 years
  • Agile Software Development, 6 years
  • Test Automation, 5 years
  • Django, 3 years
  • Ansible, 2 years
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Preferred Environment
Ubuntu Linux, Vim, Git
The most amazing...
...thing I've built was the software stack for a digital printing machine, from a PyQt operator GUI down to Arduino-powered machine control.
  • CTO and Lead Developer
    2014 - 2015
    Sea Level Research, Ltd.
    • Developed a RESTful API using Django REST Framework 3.
    • Built a mobile-first front-end using React.js and Bootstrap 3.
    • Configured back-end machines with Ansible, deployed from Jenkins.
    • Automated API deployment using Heroku and PostgreSQL.
    • Carried out customer discovery with Liverpool Pilots then managed and prioritized the product backlog.
    • Built the entire front- and back-end stack for an electronic tide tables application.
    Technologies: Django, Python, React, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, Ansible, Jenkins
  • Data Scientist/Software Engineer
    2013 - 2014
    ScaperWiki, Ltd.
    • Built data scrapers and aggregators, pulling, cleaning, and normalizing data from awkward sources.
    • Developed reusable helper libraries and new tooling to speed up development and ease the maintenance burden.
    • Introduced the team to unit testing and test-driven development.
    • Worked with investigative journalists to acquire and aggregate thousands of company records, supporting a corruption investigation.
    Technologies: Python, Linux, SQLite, Requests
  • Developer
    2013 - 2014
    Government Digital Service (UK)
    • Introduced my team to Django, kicking off the Stagecraft project which allows non-technical users to create new dashboards and achieve scale.
    • Used my experience of scraping poor-quality sources to build reliable collectors for government data.
    • Maintained a Linux web stack with Varnish, nginx, Gunicorn, Django/Flask, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL.
    • Improved reliability and repeatability with continuous integration scripts for Jenkins & Travis.
    • Built automated tests for a Flask/MongoDB storage back-end system.
    Technologies: Django, Flask, Python, PostgreSQL, MongoDB
  • Software Engineer
    2011 - 2013
    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
    • Developed high-speed C++ software using STL and Boost and targeted at 64-bit Linux.
    • Ported and refactored a legacy C application into modern C++ with STL, Boost, and Protobuf.
    • Developed a C++ libpcap application to inspect NAT sessions.
    • Created an automated test harness in Python to inject test data into our C++ applications.
    • Worked day to day with Wireshark, inspecting protocols such as TCP, SSL/TLS, and FTP.
    Technologies: C++, Boost, Python, TCP, libpcap, Wireshark
  • Software Engineer
    2009 - 2009
    JF Machines, Ltd.
    • Built an entire operator user interface for PicoColour digital printing press using Python and PyQt.
    • Built an ink system controller using Arduino to replace conventional Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
    • Created image preparation software, integrating with Ghostscript, ImageMagick, and Python Imaging Library.
    • Researched and created image manipulation "screening" techniques to improve print quality.
    • Created a high-speed C++ image processing module in with Cython interface for use in Python.
    Technologies: Python, PyQt, C, Arduino, Python Imaging Library (PIL)
  • Languages
    C, Python, JavaScript, HTML5, SQL, CSS3, CSS, C++
  • Frameworks
    Django REST Framework, Django, Flask, Bootstrap 3
  • Libraries/APIs
    Django ORM, React
  • Tools
    GPG, Vim Text Editor, Wireshark, Ansible
  • Platforms
    Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Heroku, Arduino
  • Storage
    SQLite, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB
  • Other
    OpenPGP, SSL, Scraping, Public-key cryptography, Cryptography
  • Paradigms
    Test Automation, Agile Software Development
  • MEng 1st Class degree in Electronic Engineering
    2005 - 2009
    University of Durham - Durham, United Kingdom
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