Technical Skills

I love picking up new concepts and technologies.
And keeping up with those I already know!

Javascript

Choose your favourite Javascript flavour and sit back, I'll do the rest. Current preferred ecosystem: React/Redux. I also used Angular.

HTML5

I always make sure my mark-up is up to date with the latest, supported spec. This improves the safety and SEO of your website.

CSS 3

CSS has come a long way. Which means I can do more with less, cleaner code. Think Stylus. (Yes, that includes pretty animations too )

Testing

Testing should not be an afterthought. Sometimes writing tests before any code can save a lot of headaches! My current jam is Enzyme+Mocha.

Progressive and Responsive Design

With web applications moving away from desktops, performant offline-first and mobile-first development is essential. Box ticked!

Version Control

My exprience with Git and Team Foundation Server will make sure you won't lose any sleep over your precious code.

Cross-Browser Support

All browsers tamed! Your application will look consistent across all the main browsers.(Including that pesky IE!)

.NET

C#, VB.NET, Web Forms, MVC, Entity Framework, ASP.NET Web API: I've worked extensively with the main technologies of the .NET family.

SQL Server

I have experience with versions 2008, 2012, 2014 and Express: from writing stored procedures, views and functions to optimising queries and indexing tables.


I have worked with Simone on multiple projects. He is an experienced developer who can speak plain English and provide elegant modern solutions to your business needs.

— Jim Roberts, Director at blacklerroberts.com

About me

I am an enthusiastic problem-solver and self-taught web developer. Scroll down for more significant facts.

Simone Duca

(Here tackling end-user issues)

Work

Frontend developer at Zooniverse

I build innovative and user-friendly websites for crowdsourcing projects using open source technologies.

Tech: React+Redux, Angularjs, Node/Express, Webpack, Babel, Enzyme+Mocha, Travis, Docker, Stylus, Git

May 2015 - present
Work

Freelance web developer

Mainly worked on front-end projects, sprinkled with some database optimisation.

Tech: .NET, C#, Entity Framework, SQL, TFS

Aug 2014 - April 2015
Work

Casual IT consultant at All Souls College

Advised on the usability of the college system for database administrators.

Tech: .NET, C#, Entity Framework, SQL, TFS

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014
Event

Happy dad at best family in the world

Became the father of a most amazing little bear.

3rd May 2013
Work

Web developer at VTUK

Maintained, further developed and managed the awesome Scorpio web portal for the property market.

I also integrated Scorpio with some third-party APIs and designed a few websites for estate agencies.

Tech: VB.NET, C#, Entity Framework, SQL, TFS

Oct 2012 - Aug 2014
Education

PhD in Logic and Philosophy, University of Bristol

I built a mathematical model for explaining how we change our minds based on introspection and wrote a 50K words thesis about its implications for decision making. I also wrote this article with my incredible supervisor.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2011
Location

Moved to England

The most notable consequence of that was meeting my wife. (Yes, I built her website.)

Sept 2006
Event

Started playing the bass guitar

I played in a few bands. Here's one. I am now having a break.

Winter 1994
Event

Born in Somma Lombardo, Italy

7th Dec 1980

Simone Duca

(Here with beard)

Work

Most of my work is available through Github.

Here's a small selection from it.

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Simone joined VTUK full of enthusiasm and with a thirst for knowledge and I managed him directly. Our work partnership took us to the cutting edge of the latest technologies to stay ahead of the competition. He is a hard working web developer with an eye for detail and likes to see the job done well.

— Chris Hawkins, Senior Developer at Audley Travel