Willem Odendaal, Encryption Developer in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Willem Odendaal

Encryption Developer in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Member since May 27, 2015
Willem is an accomplished web developer as well as a leader and mentor who builds public-facing websites focused on security, usability, and performance. He's been programming since he first encountered Basic at age 10, and his toolset encompasses a range of technologies, most prominently .NET with a working knowledge of Java.
Willem is now available for hire




Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa



Preferred Environment

Windows, JetBrains, Git

The most amazing...

...application I've built was the Atura chatbot platform, an Azure-based cross-channel platform that makes it easy to build good chatbots.


  • Lead Architect and Team Lead

    2011 - PRESENT
    New Media Labs
    • Help develop the Nedgroup Investments secure investor website using ASP.NET MVC 3.
    • Guide the Logimeter team in building a new single-page app style web portal using AngularJS.
    • Help develop Sparrow Communicator, a Xamarin-based iOS application meant for use by parents to keep track of their kids' busy school schedules.
    • Architect an EDA (Event Driven Architecture) style system, using NServiceBus and Azure Service Bus and ensuring it is scalable enough to handle millions of messages per day.
    • Start various initiatives at New Media Labs, like conducting one-on-one feedback sessions, spearheading an innovation program, and ensuring teams adhere to good practices like continuous integration and automated testing.
    • Act as technical team lead for a team of 5 developers.
    Technologies: Git, TeamCity, Couchbase, NUnit, Knockout.js, Microsoft SQL Server, AngularJS, JavaScript, Xamarin, C#, Entity Framework, ASP.NET MVC, .NET
  • Team lead

    2010 - 2011
    • Extended a public-facing news website and ensured that it did not experience any down-time during deployments.
    • Ensured that the website could handle a large number of requests during peak times (especially during certain times of the year).
    • Added rich financial charting using Dundas web charts.
    • Led a team of 2 developers using the Scrum methodology.
    Technologies: Subversion (SVN), NUnit, MSBuild, CruiseControl, NAnt, Spring.NET, SQL Server 2008, ASP.NET Web Forms
  • Senior Developer

    2005 - 2009
    Silverminute/Bytes (acquired 2007)
    • Implemented an SOA-style services layer at Pam Golding, a South African estate agency specializing in high-end properties.
    • Built an interactive WPF prototype to help sell the concept for a power plant-specific staff management application.
    • Developed Cradle, a pregnancy tracking application using Windows Forms for the local government.
    • Acted as deployment manager for the new smart-card system used by the State of Victoria in Australia.
    • Built a WPF application framework for use by developers at Lonmin Platinum, to help them develop their own business-specific applications faster.
    Technologies: Subversion (SVN), NAnt, NUnit, MSTest, CruiseControl, Microsoft SQL Server, Axapta, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), C#, .NET
  • Developer

    2005 - 2005
    • Integrated with Microsoft Money via its API.
    • Helped develop ActNow, a staff-management application for the tech support industry.
    • Built a Windows Forms product, styling it as much as possible to stand out from the crowd (a difficult feat with Windows Forms).
    Technologies: Subversion (SVN), Microsoft Money, SOAP, Windows Forms, C#, .NET
  • Developer

    2003 - 2005
    Microgen/AFA Systems (acquired 2004)
    • Designed the web-based version of Common Knowledge, a knowledge management system, using ASP.NET Web Forms.
    • Built an XML-based query engine used to query the Common Knowledge database.
    • Adopted unit testing, a first for the company at that time.
    • Maintained and extended the existing version of Common Knowledge, a VB6 application.
    Technologies: TFS, ASP.NET Web Forms, Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, .NET
  • Junior Developer

    2002 - 2003
    Delos/Software Futures (acquired 2002)
    • Extended the Kalahari.net eCommerce website using Classic ASP.
    • Extended in-house applications for Delos using ASP.NET Web Forms (still very new at that stage).
    Technologies: SQL Server 2000, Classic ASP, ASP.NET, VB.NET
  • Junior Developer

    2002 - 2002
    Hawaii Clothing
    • Built a garment manufacturing database system using Java and Swing.
    • Acted as a line manager half of the time to learn how garments are really made.
    Technologies: ODBC, Swing, Java


  • Fin24.com

    Helped develop several Fin24.com market data pages, showing financial info and charts about companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Ensured that the site can handle large amounts of concurrent users by adding effective ASP.NET caching.

  • Nedgroup Investments

    The Nedgroup Investments secure website is used by investors with existing investments. We ensured the new website is better looking, faster and more robust than the previous version. Among many features, we also added the ability for investors to transact via the internet, whereas previously investors had to transact via phone and physical forms.

  • Sparrow Communicator

    Sparrow Communicator is an iOS app used by parents to track their kids' busy schedules, and to view public information like the school's official schedule and general school events.

  • Large Service Bus Implementation

    Architected and helped develop an event-driven system (confidential in nature) that is able to handle millions of messages per day and to scale up and down as necessary.


  • Languages

    C#, HTML, JavaScript, VB.NET, Visual Basic, Java, T-SQL, CSS3
  • Frameworks

    NUnit, Entity, Knockout.js, AngularJS, Entity 6, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET, .NET, ASP.NET Web Forms, Spring.NET, Classic ASP, Swing, Express.js, ASP.NET Web API, Windows Communication Framework (WCF), Bootstrap, Json.NET, QUnit, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Jasmine, Windows Identity Foundation
  • Tools

    Visual Studio .NET, Microsoft Unity, TeamCity, Git, NAnt, MSBuild, Subversion (SVN), MSTest, Microsoft Money, TFS, JetBrains, NPM, Browserify, WebStorm, Grunt, Jira, Gulp.js, Bower
  • Platforms

    Windows, Azure, MacOS, Ubuntu, Xamarin, iOS
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, AutoMapper, Moq, Entity Framework, Windows Forms, ODBC, Node.js, NServiceBus, Moment.js, Underscore.js
  • Paradigms

    Scrum, Asynchronous Programming, Agile Software Development, REST
  • Storage

    Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 R2, Couchbase, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2000
  • Other

    Single-page Applications (SPA), Azure Service Bus, CruiseControl, Axapta, SOAP, Encryption

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