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. Currently preferred stack: React, Redux, Node, Webpack, Stylus. I also use 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. I strive to follow TDD and BDD principles. My current choice is Enzyme with 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

Senior Frontend Developer at Department for Work and Pensions.

The first project I'll be working on will help millions of people using the Universal Credit system.

April 2018 - present
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