With around 20 years of solid commercial software development behind me, I've been an employee, a consultant, a Director and a freelancer. Still the sole owner of The Card Project Uk Ltd, I'm now able to allocate time as a Freelancer as of August 2017.
I've provided multi million record smart card systems for Nottingham City Transport Ltd, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Express Transit
The history section below is presented in date order (most recent at the top). For more technical details of any projects I have worked on, see the section My Work.
I took a whole year out after moving from Nottingham to Doncaster to marry my fantastic wife. It was important that I had a dedicated office for my development work (peace and quiet a must!).... so I built one with my own (now sore) hands!
My 5 metre by 5 metre office is functional but not yet pretty, work comes first. I have been a bricklayer, a carpenter, an electrician, a painter and decorator and everything in between. Never again, I much prefer programming!
I hope this shows the depth of my commitment to my work and my business, I never give up when faced with a challenge!
Products created for The Card Project include a self help card ordering website (Cards) made with VB ASP NET, Advanced ID Card Design and Print software (IDCreative) using VB Windows Forms, modular fulfilment software (IDProductive) again with VB Windows Forms
There are at least ten related websites associated with The Card Project, all using ASP NET.
I founded The Card Project after completing my smart card work as a consultant in 2013, I teamed up with a business partner who was to be my marketing expert. This business is still active, but I lost my partner along the way and so it has slowed up pending a marketing push, this is on hold whlist I rebuild a new customer base in my new location.
After leaving NCT Ltd after 20+ years I provided consultancy to Nottingham City Council for whom I had already created multiple smart card related systems (also as a consultant since 2006). They had a concessionary smart card scheme second only in size to the Oyster Card in the UK at that time (over 100,000 'customers').
Many of the systems involved not just Windows Forms and ASP NET but connecting technologies like WCF, web services, SQL Server, etc.
NCC migrated to the transport industry standard called ITSO by 2013, and so The Card Project Uk Ltd was born, my intention to provide smart cards and their systems to SMEs. The technology is only even now becoming mainstream thanks to contactless payment
In 1999 I moved into what was a brand new IT Department and quickly created a few systems with VBA (behind Excel and Word) and found myself involved with third party half finished software we used to issue our new flagship product, a smart card called EasyRider. As a company the licensing of this software ran into the hundreds of thousands....
I decided to proactively reverse engineer the smart card functionality in .NET, the card technology was Mifare Classic (and later DesFire). It was a success, as a company NCT saved tens of thousands of pounds and inherited incredible control over their own product meaning rapid expansion out to students and other sectors was made possible
The period of my life which didn't involve computing! I worked initially as an Accounts Clerk from the age of around 20 to nearly 30, and had forgotten about my times as a teenager where I was fascinated by computers. This would change towards the end of the 90s when PCs began to find their way into the office
This was the part of my career where I would look at the clock and hope the hours would pass so that I could go home, which is in total contrast to later when I became a developer, I would look at the clock and regret the fact that I should stop programming soon!
No longer in operation, the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes was my first role in work, I loved it for the best part of two years. However, I wasn't able to program the mainframe, this was for experts who programmed COBOL, and I was a mere BASIC programmer. It was a luxury to work in an air conditioned office back then
There were a row of at least ten tape machines and the removable hard drives I could barely lift to replace them, they held something like 30mb of data
The N.A.A.F.I closed and everybody disbanded, I ended up being a temp working in offices, hence how my next move was as an accounts assistant... but my love for programming would return with a vengeance later!
The reason I spent so long in Visual Basic was the fact that as a school child I wrote programs on many of Sinclairs computers, my only regret is not knowing how good I was at it, I made some really good software. I recall designing all of the graphics and implementing with POKES and PEEKS in memory
The rubber keyboard was tricky but I think we all owe something to the outrageous Clive Sinclair for changing the way we all live our lives today, if not for the electric car he created!