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.
- 13 AugIdeas for inclusive conferences and events
A collection of ideas and suggestions for running conferences which are more inclusive and accessible. Based on my experiences at AlterConf, PyCon UK, and similar events.
- 7 AugFinding slow builds in Travis
A Python snippet for using the Travis CI API to track build times.
- 5 AugDo Not Distract while driving
I’ve been using Apple Maps for a lot of navigation recently, and run into screens which seem dangerously distracting.
- 2 AugSelective sudo on Travis
I recently learnt how to set up Travis with a mixture of VMs and containers – not just all of one or the other.
- 28 JulMoving my calendars from iCloud to FastMail
I recently discovered that iCloud was deleting my old calendar entries, so I switched to FastMail.