Edward Welbourne's Curriculum Vitae

On 2013 November 1st I shall take up a new position as a Senior Software Engineer at CFEngine in Oslo, Norway. I'm a highly experienced and flexible software developer, with a strong focus on maintainability and portability (between different CPUs and operating systems). I also routinely deal with emerging issues, both in software and in the process for its development, before they become problems – whether this be cleaning up poorly-maintained code to make it more robust in the face of on-going development, imposing order on unruly build systems, ensuring traceability of licensing requirements on open source components or fostering the switch to improved tools when they become available. Together with learning my way around each code-base, this has made me one of the developers others routinely come to for help and advice.

Employment

I have been employed since the 1980s as a professional software engineer with incidental responsibilities ranging from training colleagues, user support and product documentation to UNIX system maintenance, language design and in-house tool development. I have a long history of noticing systemic problems, invisible to management, that hamper development – and getting them resolved.

Potential employers wanting references from my past employers should contact me (by e-mail) and I'll put you in touch.

Skills:
Every job I've done has called for, and taught me, new skills. My short summary of where that's brought me to date shouldn't be regarded as final: I continue learning. Along with various skills specific to the work in which I learned them, I've learned to develop reliable and maintainable systems of software: and various other skills have come with the territory – Web site and Unix system maintenance among them.
Education (since school)
Degree (1982–1985):
2nd class honours in Mathematics at Cambridge as a scholar of Trinity College, after which I stayed on for the rigours of
Part III (1985–1986):
specialising in Theoretical Physics; followed by a year (1986–1987) supervising (mostly) final year students. Cambridge upgraded my BA to an MA in 1989.

As a student I edited the journal, Eureka, of the university society for Mathematicians (the Archimedeans), of which I was first Publicity Manager and later President. Other undergraduate follies, too numerous to enumerate, ranged from organising my college's contribution to the Rag in my second term to participation in public debates at the Union Society.

Hobbies:
I'm a pattern juggler; I play card games; I sometimes have the courage to dance to live bands when they play in my favourite pubs; my early interest in theoretical physics has never faded; and I like walking in the mountains when I get the chance. But mostly I get my enjoyment in life by spending time with people ;^)

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