Hi, I’m Alex.
I’m a software developer at the Wellcome Trust and an open-source Python developer. At Wellcome, I’m helping build a new platform for searching and storing our digital collections. It’s taking Wellcome’s assets – books, archives, images, and more – and presenting them through consistent, well-designed APIs.
I contribute to open source Python in my free time, including the Hypothesis testing library and the hyper-h2 HTTP/2 stack. I’m one of the organisers for the PyCon UK conference, and I’ve given a number of talks about Python (among other topics).
The site focuses on programming, with the occasional venture into accessibility, maths, bits of travel advice and Victorian engineering. It’s as a way to sharpen my skills in writing, and improve my ability to explain my ideas. If that sounds interesting, I have an infrequently updated blog.
I hope you enjoy the site.
- 11 OctOpen consultation on the Gender Recognition Act
The Government has launched a consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and it’s an opportunity to improve rights and legal recognition for trans/non-binary people.
- 30 SepContent warnings
Brief musings on the value of content warnings to label upsetting/triggering information.
- 24 SepAssume worst intent (designing against the abusive ex)
Notes and slides from a talk at PyCon UK about online harassment. How do we design services and platforms to reduce the risk of harassment and abuse from other users?
- 22 SepBuilding trust in an age of suspicious minds
Notes and slides from my PyCon UK 2018 keynote. In a world where people are less and less trusting, how can we take steps to make ourselves more trustable?
- 17 SepSigns of the time
A few lessons I learned while doing the signage for this year’s PyCon UK.