In 2012 the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) approached me
to build a web-based application to manage and score thousands
of contest entries for the Islands on the Air (IOTA) Marathon, a
time-limited Ham Radio competition taking place across
2012-2013. The application handles radio log file uploads from
users, parsing the log entries and applying the competition
This is still a current project with work in progress but the
site is now taking beta-tester feedback with a view to rolling
out in the next few weeks.
Implementation: Perl, XHTML, jQuery, MySQL
Test Site URL: http://marathon.psyphi.net
In 2010 Fr. John asked me to build a new website based on the
content from a new parish handbook recently collated and
published. Most of the content of the site is based on that
handbook but the site also provides user accounts for editing
content, a basic search engine which indexes the site's HTML,
PDF and DOC documents and a basic WYSIWYG content management
system (CMS) to allow content and newsletter updates.
Managed email services are provided through Google Apps. Managed
office services - PC hardware and software support, networking,
wireless, printing and backups are also provided.
Implementation: Perl, XHTML, jQuery, MySQL, Google Apps
Site URL: www.stmm.org.uk
I was approached in 2009 by Nigel, the DDRPC secretary, to
refresh the club website which was originally set up in
2000. The site now integrates event fixtures, club news, maps,
email and various other Google Apps. Apps was chosen for
hosting due to the light usage of the site and the ease of
management for other club members.
Implementation: Google Sites, Google Apps
Site URL: www.dunmowrifles.co.uk
The team at Oxshott Sports approached me following a referral. I
provided website refresh, optimisation and integration with
Google Apps together with ongoing hosting and support. Care was
taken to transfer the domain services with minimal disruption and
the site is now undergoing a makeover including the introduction
of new and exciting features.
Implementation: HTML, CSS, Perl, jQuery, Google Apps
Site URL: www.oxshottsports.com
The Wrens Preschool is a preschool nursery in my town. Sally
asked me to produce a site to enable more communication with
staff and parents. The basic site was constructed quickly and as
part of Sally's ongoing studies. Enquiries from prospective
parents have risen considerably since the website went live.
Implementation: DHTML, CSS, Perl, prototype.js
Site URL: www.wrenspreschool.co.uk
The Database of Chromosomal Imbalance and Phenotype using
Ensembl Resources is a great web application and database using
specialised, clinical and cytogenetic crowdsourcing to generate
a source of reference data for rare cases which is greater than
the sum of its parts. One of the first projects at the WTSI
involving patient data DECIPHER has already proved crucial to
the identification of several new syndromes by combining expert
phenotype classification with arrayCGH observations.
DECIPHER isn't strictly a psyphi.net production but I provided
all initial development, ran the team for several years and
continued to provide consultancy after I left the
institute. DECIPHER was refactored in 2008 to use
the ClearPress framework.
Implementation: HTML, CSS, Perl, MySQL, prototype.js
Site URL: decipher.sanger.ac.uk
Hi. Welcome to my site. My name is Roger and I'm a web
application developer and systems architect. I have particular
interests in terascale computing, rapid development, automated
testing, elegant code and the web in general.
By night I write web applications, build web sites and run my
own little ISP and PC support company for a small but growing
group of clients.
By day I work as Director of Informatics for a fantastic biotech
startup called Oxford
Nanopore Technologies. I spend my time managing a dedicated
team of software developers, IT administrators,
bioinformaticians and computational biologists and when I have a
moment, developing and running the high-throughput, laboratory
pipeline controlling automated analysis of sequencing
Before that I spent 10 years running the web- and terascale
"next-gen" sequencing teams at
the Sanger Institute in
Cambridge, well before "scaling" became
fashionable. There I had the pleasure of working with some great
people on some tremendous projects
- Ensembl, COSMIC,
and DECIPHER to name
The Sanger Institute is one of the largest publicly funded
research institutes in Europe with a truly massive compute
facility. In my time as developer, senior developer, then
manager of the web team I enjoyed growing the institute's public
service architecture to support more than 15 million hits a
week, mostly dynamic, database-driven, scientific content.
content since starting my degree course in 1995 and generally mucking about with
computer- and radio technology since I was about 10 years old.