Having commenced working in the industry in 1983, I have accumulated technical experience on a diverse range of platforms. My roles have covered the full life-cycle of software development. I have successfully led and contributed to teams that have delivered applications to corporate and government organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Read on to learn more about my professional background and what others have had to say about my work.
Since founding Cockatoo Software in November 2007 I have undertaken assignments including:
Since late 2006 I have been a keen participant in the Australian Ruby community. I have co-organised Sydney Ruby meetups for several years, led the organisation of Rails Camp 9 in mid 2011 and was the founding President of Ruby Australia.
One of the highlights of my career was leading the organisation of RubyConf Australia 2013, the inaugural Ruby conference in Australia, which was held in Melbourne in February 2013.
During more than seven years with Cirrus Technologies I contributed to teams developing software using Java’s standard (Java SE) and enterprise (Java EE) editions for many clients. I also provided services as an instructor.
For example, I:
In my spare time from 2000 onwards I explored many Java technologies, especially open source frameworks. In 2004 I began to take an increasing interest in the Ruby programming language and the Ruby on Rails web application framework.
Amongst a variety of assignments during my time with ASE, major clients included Qantas and Woolworths. I assisted a Qantas software infrastructure team as they migrated from CSP to VisualAge Generator. In particular, I taught members of the team the fundamentals of the Smalltalk programming language. For Woolworths, I managed a team of ASE consultants as we developed a Bank Reconciliation system using COBOL/CICS/DB2 and demonstrated the value of Micro Focus software tools. Within ASE I managed the improvement of business procedures as part of the implementation of a Quality Management System. I also provided pre-sales support for Object-Oriented development tools such as VisualAge for Java, Toplink for Java and Simply Objects.
In my early years as a professional programmer I used technologies such as PL/I, COBOL, IMS, CICS and DB2 on IBM mainframes. Having started in the IT industry as a trainee programmer for TNT, I moved on to work at IBM Australia where I gained project management experience. During 1988 and 1989, an overseas working holiday included the chance for me to work as a contractor at Lombard North Central in Redhill, UK. Continuing contracting on my return to Sydney, I provided services to major corporations including IBM, Woolworths and Westpac.
From about 1992 onwards I began exploring Object-Orientation and Internet technologies in my spare time. From an OO programming perspective, I began with Smalltalk and later moved on to Java.
I hold a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University and am a member of the Australian Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.
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Keith's methodical ways, backed with 20+ years of experience in the software industry are a winning combination. Listen and act on his advice and you'll be ahead of the game.Matt Allen, Director & Software Developer, Dev Logic Pty Ltd
Keith delivers well tested software with a commitment to quality. He is open to new ideas, easy to work with and involved with the professional community.Martin Stannard, Lead Web Developer, Blake eLearning
Keith, Map 10 is working well. Thanks for all your work in getting it up and live. There'll be some happy kiddies out there in Reading Eggs land.Katy Pike, Publisher, Blake eLearning
I have worked alongside Keith on a number of projects. I'm impressed with his ability to address complex customer requirements on one hand, whilst attending to a mass of technical detail on the other. I continue to recommend Keith's services.Alan Green, Former Colleague at Cirrus Technologies Pty. Ltd.
Keith's wealth of programming experience combines with keen attention to detail, a mind always open to new ideas, and an unwillingness to compromise on quality.Charles Miller, Former Colleague at Cirrus Technologies Pty. Ltd.
As one of Keith's peers at Advanced Software Engineering, I could always count on Keith's professional integrity, and his ability to be able to get the required results for our customers, in either a pre-sales role, a consulting assignment, or in delivery of teaching materials. Keith was always a pleasure to work with, and I found him to be very knowledgeable across his many areas of expertise.Chris Fuller, Former Colleague at Advanced Software Engineering Pty. Ltd.