A bit about me
I am from the little red dot on the map known as Singapore. I was born in Singapore and grew up there, but in February 2017 I moved to Auckland in New Zealand to work on a Master of Health Informatics degree.
My interest in programming arose when I was 15. I had been introduced to an online game, and in that game they had forums in which the developer was not too careful, allowing users to fool around with the HTML. I was amazed that such a thing could happen, and went on the path to web development, and software development in general.
I love reading, and one of my favourite novels is A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin. This novel is a coming of age story that is perhaps one of the earliest to feature a school for wizards, and has strong themes concerning naming and identity. It starts off with this excerpt:
Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:
Bright the hawk's flight
On the empty sky.
— The Creation of Ea
- Amanda Wee
- January 1985
- Eye colour:
- Dark brown
Obviously, I have an interest in developing software, especially in web development, and I love both chess and all things shakuhachi. I also like:
- Reading fantasy and science fiction.
- Sharing and learning about programming on online forums.
- Munching on delicious food, in moderation.
Tools of the trade
Every developer has tools that they prefer, and I am no exception.
- Geany is my general purpose text editor
- Ubuntu is the Linux distribution that I normally use
- Python is one of my favourite general purpose programming languages
My services: I'm pretty good at…
Although I have some skill at front-end development, I specialise in back-end development, particularly with Python and the Django web framework, though I am also familiar with PHP, having worked on custom PHP projects as well as Wordpress and other content management systems and frameworks.
I worked on two custom ecommerce platforms early in my career, and have written my own ecommerce systems for clients wanting custom solutions. I am no stranger to data collection and analysis for the optimisation of ecommerce, including techniques like A/B testing.
Payment Gateway Integration
I have done payment gateway integration with:
- Nera i2pay
Random facts about me
I wanted to be a nuclear physicist
Then I realised that it would not work out in Singapore
I love rural Japan
At least as a traveller
I enjoy owning and writing with fountain pens
It can be quite an expensive hobby, and I still need to improve my handwriting
A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula le Guin
The Goblin Emperor
by Katherine Addison
Dragonriders of Pern (series)
by Anne McCaffrey
Tales of the Lifesong (series)
by Greg Hamerton