About Me

Software developer. Web developer. Electronic Musician. DJ. Inventor of Cyril programming language.

Why?

I am passionate about helping others more fully experience their lives. I am driven by finding new and creative ways to accomplish a goal. I love to engage with people who are curious and smart. I love open source. I believe in business models based on providing value. I love to provide training and help get the best out of people. I believe excellent outcomes are produced by people who have opportunities each day to do what they do well. I’m fascinated by ideas. I strongly believe we should create more than we consume. I want to live in a world where more people are creators than consumers.

Darren is very responsive and personable; always willing to adapt to our requirements, while offering his advice and experience. The quality of his work has been very high and I have enjoyed working with him.

Zoë Mullan

Editor, The Lancet Global Health

Darren knows his stuff + great trainer

Ronald Ashri

CTO, Blue Spark Labs

Advanced Drupal training workshop today with the very clever @mothersele Is there anything he doesn’t know?!

Catch Digital

@catch_digital

Darren has worked on Lancet website projects for many years. He most recently developed the Lancet Global Health’s blog site for us. As always, his work was excellent, thorough, and to our specifications.

Justine Davies

Editor in Chief, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology

Darren really knows his onions.

Paul Reeves

Senior Developer, Viacom International Media Networks

Cracking day of training! Panels, Views, Blocks, context, Content types and Themes! Thanks @mothersele 4 ur patience & skills

Gary Bird

@Gary_Bird

Timeline

 

A brief history of Daz…

2019
Let’s see 🙂

2016-2018
Went full-stack.
Entered the exciting world of front-end frameworks. Functional programming, immutability. Angular, React, TypeScript, Redux, NgRx. Ionic for building cross-platform mobile apps. Electron for desktop. Even building for Smart TVs with Angular.

2016
Giving training in modern PHP and Drupal 8.
Working on building tools for the open and independent web.

2015
Building stages at festivals, painting (lots of painting).
More creative coding.
Projections. Art. Time to reflect on what’s important.

2014
Drupal Training
I launched successful “Everything I know about Drupal” training courses, an intensive tour of Drupal’s best features. After running the course publically I adapted it for several agency clients and ran individual trainings.

2013
Cyril Live Coding
I released open source programming language, Cyril, for live coding of 3D visuals

2007
Founded Ideation Networks
I became a full time freelance Drupal developer and founded Ideation Networks

2005
Uploader
I was a co-founder of the successful b2b digital music startup Uploader. Operating in the exciting rapidly developing world of digital music services we licensed over 50,000 tracks of music and build systems for mass transcoding and delivery of audio.

2004
Joined the New Media Commitee at AIM
I joined the New Media Commitee at AIM (Association for Independent Music) advising the trade association on the rapidly developing digital music markets.

2004
Head of Digital
I became head of digital for independent record label Cooking Vinyl.

2003
Professional DJ
I worked professionally as a DJ and my remixes featured on MTV, QTV, and XFM

2001
Teaching web development
I devised and delivered a training course in commercial web development at the adult education centre in Sheffield.

2000-2004
Post-graduate research in the formal semantics of object oriented languages.

2000
Sir Douglas Lewin Memorial Prize
I graduated Sheffield University with 1st class degree in computer science and was awarded the Sir Douglas Lewin Memorial Prize for computer science.

1997
My first paid gig
I got my first paid gig building a website for a local business.

1979
Born