My real name is Simon Foster but my on-line persona is Funky Si a nickname I was given during my university days which has somehow stuck. I am a contract Developer working in the North of England. I have been working in IT departments for over 13 years and have a wide range of experiences. More recently in the Software Development space but also SysAdmin, Server Infrastructure and DevOps.
My current Development task is taking a decade old core line of business Access Database and modernising it by creating a .Net Core 3 web application utilising Blazor, Azure, Azure DevOps and modern development techniques.
In my spare time I have created Pwned Pass a Xamarin Forms mobile app that makes use of the Have I Been Pwned? API to allow searching for breached emails and passwords. This is available from the Google and Microsoft stores.
Tech I have used
- .Net Core
- SQL Server
- Azure DevOps
- plus many others...
Simon is an excellent developer, always looking for new methods and technology to improve existing solutions, along with his own skills. He is open to new ideas, though not afraid to share his thoughts and feedback and guide others to the best solution possible. It’s worth noting that Simon has vast knowledge on hardware and infrastructure which really does compliment his skill as a developer. - Alasdair Thomson (Head of Business Data Solutions @ NPD Travel Retail)
Simon worked for my company for a number of years and was a very valued member of staff, and later on management. He is an intelligent and conscientious worker who gives over and above on a regular basis. He leads by example and was respected by his peers and the directors of the company. I would not hesitate to recommend Simon both in terms of the quality of his work and his ethics and values in life in general. - Alison Davies (CEO at Eurosafe UK)
If you want a developer who really understands DevOps, then Si is your man. With a mixture of operations, support, development and management experience, he can bring a balanced skillset to a team, as well as excellent knowledge of Azure, .NET, SQL and the web. - Keith Williams (Development Manager at IRIS for Cascade HR and KashFlow Payroll)