Craig Wardman BSc. Hons
Feb 2015 - Current
In February 2015 I was promoted within Kinetic to Solution Architect and Development Lead. Continuing my work on R&F and OOH systems but now also leading the development team tactically and operationally. Such as defining standards and practices, following the Agile methodology, source control management and providing support to the business and colleagues, as well as being involved in the implementation of the software architecture, from providing various levels of architecture designs to writing the code. We are now moving to ASP.NET MVC as a front end technology and have adopted domain driven design techniques and it's supporting architectures in the core code.
Mar 2010: - Mar 2015:
I returned to Kinetic Worldwide as a senior developer using ASP.NET in VB and C#, building tools that are specifically aimed at our specialist OOH planning teams. During this time, amongst other things, I worked on several complex reach and frequency calculation models from different global vendors, optimising the algorithms for speed and building innovative new concepts on top of the underlying outputs. Building the core software in c# but now with Silverlight and WCF.
July 2009 - Jan 2016
Alongside my permanent employment, during this time I acted as IT Director for a company I started with 3 others. In this capacity I designed, built and maintained an online shopping portal optimised for search engine friendliness, to generate product leads for businesses and to help consumers find the best deals on products across multiple sections. Written in ASP.NET, c# n-tier architecture and MS-SQL backend with many integrations such as xml feeds with clients and 3rd party advertising channels, CAP automotive data, vrm lookup, geocoding, sagepay payments and more. Unfortunately this business did not generate enough revenue to continue and the site has now closed.
July 2008 – Mar 2010: -
During this period I was working at WMG as a software developer, mainly building web based applications for external clients using ASP.NET 3.5 (VB and C#). Since joining WMG I have learned a lot about applying software development techniques in various real world scenarios, speeding up the development process using a code generator, as well as learning lots about the world of SEO and how it can be applied in ASP.NET development. I have progressed my n-tier architecture into a very robust, scalable and customisable code base which I have written in C# - this is now available on GitHub
. I have worked more and more with the new features of .NET 3.5 such as extension methods and LINQ. I have worked on several large complex projects for external clients with several integrations, as well as building internal tools such as a desktop timesheets system and a system to mange HR. In addition to this I worked on a project of my own, HelpFindMeA.co.uk, as developer/IT Director; building the site, database and backend services.
Mar 2007 – July 2008: -
At Kinetic Worldwide I worked primarily in ASP.NET/VB.NET, building web based applications, services and occasionally desktop applications. I was responsible for my own projects, managing timescales, liaising with staff, designing and building solutions for in-house needs. Initially I did my development in Visual Studio 2005 (using .NET framework 2.0, AJAX Extensions and ASMX web services), but then moved onto working in Visual Studio 2008 (.NET 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX, WCF services). I started to build my applications using ‘n-tier architecture’ and so gained experience designing and building modularised, scalable applications which provided segregated code for data access, business logic and user interface functionality. I also gained more experience designing and building relational database back-ends for my applications, which I built using SQL Server 2005.
Sep 2005 – Mar 2007: -
While working at Adtec I mainly worked with a database/RAD development environment called Equinox (by Compsoft). This meant learning a new language (the in-built ‘Equinox scripting language’. On a day to day basis the majority of my work involved writing imports/exports for various file formats including CSV, XML, fixed length etc. It was in my time at Adtec that I was also first introduced to development with VB.NET. As the company required new products which were better suited to an SQL backend, I was given the chance to learn and then use my .NET development skills to build a bespoke client/server archiving and data mining tool. As my role at Adtec was more database oriented I learnt a lot about designing relational and hierarchical databases and got a lot of hands on experience using SQL Server 2000/2005 in creating and managing databases and performance tweaks such as creating indexes.
I have been working in .NET for several years now. I have become habituated to its methodologies and feel comfortable developing any application. I have developed both desktop and web based applications, using C# / VB.NET languages.
I have built several websites over the past years and also continue to build them in the .NET environment, more recently in ASP.NET MVC. I am a proficient coder of HTML and like to stick to using W3C compliant code. I have also started to use Bootstrap to enable mobile friendly responsive design.
SOA/Web services (WCF/REST)
I have used WCF services quite a lot during my time developing for Silverlight. I understand the concepts of service oriented architecture and data contracts and can apply this where appropriate. I have also created, using WebAPI, and consumed using a .NET client several RESTful APIs.
I have a great understanding of software architectures and its concepts and benefits. I created my own n-tier architecture
in templates using CodeSmith which generates C# code, wrapping up the basic structure of my 4 tier architecture. This architecture allows me to quickly start building application and presentation logic on top of my extensible business and data layers, which take care of the CRUD functionality and follows the manager pattern. Aside from my own architecture I also use hand written domain model/repository patterns, using bounded contexts for seperating concerns, dependancy injection and SOLID OOP principles.
I have extensive knowledge of creating and maintaining databases in Microsoft SQL Server, including creating users, roles, tables, indexes, stored procedures and setting permissions. I have knowledge of using simple and complex SQL statements, both DDL and DML. Having been interested in the performance tuning aspects of MS-SQL I have learned a great deal on how to optimizate databases and related code.
- Microsoft Visual Studio + NuGet + Team Foundation Server/Subversion/Git
- Visual Studio Team Services, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment
- Microsoft Azure
- Microsoft IIS
- Regular Expressions
- OOP (Object Oriented Programming)
2004 - 2005:
2002 - 2004:
Bradford College, Higher Education.
2000 - 2002:
Bradford College, Further Education.
1995 - 2000:
Royds Secondary School, Oulton, Leeds.
1st Class BSc (hons.)
Software Development Applications
Higher National Diploma
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- ISEB Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture
- City & Guilds C++ (Level 3)
- City & Guilds Java (Level 3)
- 11x GCSE's:
I have a wide variety of interests and like to continually learn about new things. Of course, I have an interest in I.T. and specifically in software, architecture and performance. Outside of I.T. subjects I like health and fitness such as weight lifting and practicing Taekwondo in which I am currently 2nd Dan black belt. I am also a car and driving enthusiast, which extends from simply admiring the styling or performance of a great car, to watching Formula 1 and WRC, to improving my own skills having taken my IAM advanced driving test and participating in several track days. I also have an interest in the Russian language, which I have been learning from the Internet since 2012.
You can read more about my interests on my about me
- Kinetic - Solution Architect & Development Lead (Feb 2015-Current)
- Kinetic - Senior Developer (Mar 2010-Feb 2015)
- WMG - Software Developer (July 2008-Mar 2010)
- Kinetic - Software Developer (Mar 2007-July 2008)
- Adtec Software - Software Developer (Sep 2005-Mar 2007)