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 DecGetting credentials for an assumed IAM Role
A script that creates temporary credentials for an assumed IAM role, and stores them in ~/.aws/credentials.
- 5 DecA script for backing up Tumblr posts and likes
Since Tumblr users are going on a mass deletion spree (helped by the Tumblr staff), some scripts to save content before it’s too late.
- 13 NovKeeping track of my book recommendations
The three lists I use to manage my book recommendations.
- 8 NovMy visit to the Aberdulais Falls
Pictures from my trip to the waterfalls and former tin plating works at Aberdulais.
- 2 NovFinding SNS topics without any subscriptions
I’m trying out Go, and I wrote a tool to help me find SNS topics that don’t have any subscriptions.