Work

This is my developer story...

I am a software developer with over 20 years of experience. Most of my career has been focused on the backend, but in recent years I have specialised in scalable frontend architecture. I am a polyglot programmer with a wide range of experience of different programming languages. I believe in extensive automation of process, test-driven development, and continuous delivery.

Full CV/Resume

Software Consultancy

I founded Ideation Networks in 2007 to provide software development consultancy. Clients have included the BFI (British Film Institute), Moby, Viacom (MTV), Elsevier (The Lancet), Santander, and CTVC. I have worked on large content migrations, data processing pipelines, and search systems. I have built web apps, mobile apps, and smart-TV apps.

Mediatheque

BFI Player

Research

I have consulted on three EU-funded research programmes (P2P-Next, Saracen, and Bloomen) as part of the Kendraio Foundation. These projects all focused on future internet technologies, including P2P, decentralised, and blockchain technologies.

TrueTube Screenshot

BAFTA Winner

I worked with CTVC through several evolutions of their TrueTube product. Initially migrating them from a proprietary system to an open-source CMS. Then, after a few years, migrating this to a decoupled architecture. This project made headlines in 2016 for being the first ever online platform to be nominated for Channel of the Year at the BAFTA Childrens' Awards. And, in 2017, became the first ever online platform to win the award.

Startup CTO

Prior to founding Ideation Networks, I co-founded a successful digital music startup. As CTO and lead developer, I designed and built large systems for mass transcoding of audio, and management of media metadata.

Testimonials

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 training workshop today with the very clever [Darren] Is there anything he doesn't know?!
- 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! Thanks for your patience & skills
- Gary Bird