I’ve built Python scripts for system-administration tasks and know my way around the Bash shell. I’m happiest on a Mac, but I can cope with Windows. Linux is good.
I’ve worked on all the major database platforms, and know my way round SQL thoroughly.
Going further back, I have a lot of experience in RPG and CL on the IBM System i range and its predecessors.
The bulk of my professional experience is in financial software . My most recent role was in an academic department working on a statistical tool. Before that I had a contract on a UK government project. I’ll consider almost any field.
I blog here, and write fiction in my spare time. But I’m a capable technical writer too. I think any programmer needs to be able to communicate clearly in writing, and I have written sections of manuals for both technical staff and end-users, as well as making major contributions to internal wikis.
For some other examples of my more technically-oriented writing, see Pass-By-Reference Problem When Using Websphere Application Server , or Some Thoughts On Software Development on my blog.