Curriculum Vitæ - Thomas Pike

Personal Details

Address: Available on request
Telephone: Available on request
E-mail address: tom.pike@xiven.com

Profile

A hard working person, constantly seeking to expand his abilities. Can work effectively both on his own and as part of a team. Friendly and approachable, highly focused and motivated in his work. Thinks logically and can adapt ideas to the situation at hand.

Key Skills

Qualifications

  • BSc Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Bath
  • 4 A Levels (3 A, 1 B)
  • 1 AS Level (A)
  • 10 GCSEs including 2 A and 2 A*
  • RSA Text Processing II Part 1 – Distinction
  • RSA Word Processing II Part 2 – Distinction
  • RSA Text Processing III Part 1 – Distinction
  • Full, clean British driving license.

Programming and Markup Languages

Employment

Opera Software

Position: Systems Developer & Team Leader, Core Systems
Development, maintenance and support of various systems and servers used to facilitate development and testing of the Opera web browser. Responsible for a team of 6 employees.

Spartan Press

Position: IT Manager
My duties as IT Manager were many and (extremely) varied:

  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the company's intranet system. This system is written in PHP, HTML, CSS & JavaScript and provides all of the functionality needed to run a worldwide distribution company.
  • Maintenance of the computer system itself. The network comprises of several Windows PCs, 2 Debian Linux servers (one running the intranet and one providing backup services) and a Linux-based firewall.
  • I created many of the websites listed on HighlandHost.net as well as the HighlandHost website itself. Many of these also included design work.
  • Maintained the webserver that hosts the company's websites as well as the websites of various clients of the web-hosting division at HighlandHost.net.
  • My programming services were also contracted out to another client for development of their extranet system.
  • I was also called upon to perform various non-IT related tasks including (but not limited to) stock control, customer service, order fulfillment and grounds maintenance.

Tyco Electronics UK Ltd

Position: Web Developer
As part of my Computer Science degree at the University of Bath, I spent a year working for the Sales Systems team at Tyco Electronics UK Ltd. My role included designing and implementing database driven web applications for the company intranet and maintaining various intranet and Internet web pages, utilising technologies such as ASP, SQL, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. New systems successfully introduced included a site-wide login system to remove the need for users to remember a password for each system, a quote database, and a new sample ordering system (incorporating a stock control and order handling system). My duties also involved providing telephone and e-mail support to users of the intranet applications.

Queen's Temple Publications

Position: Webmaster
My assignment as Webmaster was to design and maintain the company website. I completely redesigned the website and changed it to be database-driven rather than flat-file. Later, during my employment at Spartan Press, we upgraded Queen's Temple Publications's website again to a full e-commerce site.

Other IT Experience

Computer Science - University Of Bath

Position: Undergraduate
In the duration of the course, I studied technical subjects (such as Programming, Compilation Computer Architecture and Principles Of Computer Operation), mathematical subjects (such as Logic and Set Theory), design subjects (eg. Algorithms, Formal Program Development and Human Computer Interaction) and business studies subjects (including Information Management and Financial Accounting). As such I have a broad knowledge base in the many areas of Computer Science.

Voidwars

Position: Administrator and Developer
For my final-year project at the University of Bath, I created a web-based multiplayer strategy game. After my degree course was completed, I decided to continue work on this project under the name of "Voidwars". Voidwars had more than 80 players from all over the world. It is written in PHP and connects to a MySQL database in order to generate the HTML, CSS and JavaScript that form the basis of the game interface. Extensive use is made of Dynamic HTML (DHTML).

Bath University Network Computing Society

Position: Committee member / Webmaster
My responsibilities as a committee member involved helping to set up and run networks at society LAN meetings, troubleshooting hardware, software and configuration problems on other members' computers and writing articles for the society website. As webmaster my responsibilities were to ensure that the web pages were kept up-to-date, and to ensure that all new pages were web standards compliant.

Interests

I have built my own computer and have customised it to my own needs and specifications. I have also undertaken contracts to custom-build computers for various individuals.

I enjoy programming and web page design. I have written and currently maintain a multiplayer web-based strategy game which has over 80 active players.

Outside of computing, I have a keen interest in music, in particular I have been a member of the Blakesley Benefice Church Choir. Having been a member of the Scouts, I also enjoy outdoor activities (such as climbing, canoeing, sailing, hiking and cycling).

Referees

Available on request.