About me…

As of 2017 I’m now potentially retired and enjoying more leisure time and some new hobbies.

Prior to this my working life has all been in system development and programming – and I’m hoping my retirement will give me the time and freedom to continue learning and experimenting in that area as a bit of a hobby.

From 2008 to 2017 I ran my own tiny little company, OpenBrace Limited, which developed and sold a Java-based software tool called “ObMimic”. This provided a set of ready-made, fully-functional test-doubles for the Servlet API for use in out-of-container testing of any code running on top of the Servlet API. I also did a little freelance/consultancy work alongside that.

Previous commercial background included: Some big mainframe COBOL projects; early 1980s distributed mini-computer systems; some team leading, mentoring and in-house consultancy; lots of database work; some assorted R&D-type projects; a few years of C++ and Delphi programming; assorted work in various assemblers and 4GLs here and there; and then primarily Java and internet technologies from 1999 onwards. Together with all the various other odds and ends encountered along the way or read about late at night.

Thrown into that mix were a couple of career breaks and a mid-career computer science degree.

About this blog…

Originally this blog was used for articles and announcements about my “ObMimic” product, a variety of opinions on technical matters, and some solutions to specific technical problems that didn’t seem easily found elsewhere.

It’s now primarily used to host a page that replaces the previous OpenBrace/ObMimic website, for anybody following URLs that previously pointed to that website or that might still be using ObMimic.