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Name: Neil Lofts
D.O.B.: 26th May 1973
E-Mail: lofty@brainache.demon.co.uk
Skills Microsoft C# (since 2006)
ASP.Net (since 2006)
Microsoft Visual Basic v.5.0 & v.6.0 (since 1998)
Basic Microsoft SQL Server 6.5, 7.0 & 2000 (since 1996)
Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (since 2001)
DCOM (since 1998)
HTML (since 1996)
ASP (since 1997)
Some JavaScript (since 1997)
Windows (from NT v.3.51 onwards)
Qualifications: Microsoft Certified Professional (Designing Desktop Applications Using Microsoft Visual Basic 6)

G.C.S.E. Mathematics (B)
G.C.S.E. French (B)
G.C.S.E. Physics (B) [Two-Year course, taken in one year]
G.C.S.E. Computer Studies (C)
G.C.S.E. Chemistry (C)
G.C.S.E. Home Economics (Food) (C)
G.C.S.E. English Language (C)
G.C.S.E. Oral Communications (3)
G.C.S.E. Geography (D)

Employment History: November 2006 - Present, Timaq Medical Imaging Inc.
Analyst Programmer

I began working for Timaq in November 2007 as an Analyst Programmer to assist in the development of their flagship product, TimaqView, an application that enables expert readers to analyse medical images for use in clinical trials.
The management user interfaces were written in Visual Basic 6, while the expert reader user interfaces were written in C# and ASP.Net, with some VB6 COM components. This gave me my first taste of the .Net environment and enabled me to expand my skillset. Both the management and expert reader user interfaces communicated with a SQL Server database.

In 2008 I began work on a Data Clarification Form (DCF) Editor, that allows users to modify the data that had previously been entered, and to automatically audit those changes.

April 2003 - November 2006, Service Level Management, Maidstone, Kent.
Software Developer

I started at Service Level Management in April 2003 as a Software Developer to work, primarily, on User Interfaces. One of my first tasks was to rework the Print Administrator tool, which is used to manage the behaviour of SLM's flagship product, FormsMaster.

FormsMaster is an electronic document management system designed to eliminate pre-printed stationery, and transform the quality of printed output. It accepts ASCII data from legacy applications and integrates it, using templates, to create print files.

In addition to working on the Print Admin tool, I was responsible for creating "Central"; a tool for managing the distribution of forms and templates created using FormsMaster - essentially a "mirroring" application.

I also developed the user interfaces for DataSort, a tool for storing documents in a database and collating and preparing them. In late 2003 we began working on modifying DataSort to enable customers to take advantage of the Royal Mail's "MailSort" programme. The product obtained certification for this in January 2004.

In addition to my development work, I also took on some support duties, including writing FormsMaster Script files to extend the functionality of the product for specific customers. I took to this relatively easily, as the FormsMaster Scripting Engine uses a form of BASIC.

April 2001 - February 2003, Fairfield Imaging Ltd., Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Senior Database Developer

I joined Fairfield Imaging Limited, which is a division of Medical Solutions plc, in April 2001 to design and develop a series of database-driven projects for PathLore, one of Fairfield's sister companies. PathLore provides services for cancer diagnosis; medical specimens are sent to their offices in Nottingham from hospitals around the country, are distributed to the pathologist who can best deal with the case and, once the case has been diagnosed, the report and specimens are returned to the hospital. I was responsible for designing and implementing a system for tracking the specimens, for which I used Visual Basic, connected via DCOM to a SQL Server 2000 database. The system was required to produce various pieces of documentation, such as Work Package cover sheets listing the cases being sent to the pathologists, which I designed in Microsoft Word, using VBA to allow the documents to populate themselves with data from the database.
I also wrote an access-based package for the pathologists to use, to allow them to quickly produce reports on the cases that they diagnose. These reports are e-mailed to the PathLore office, where VBA code in the document retrieves the patient information and places it on the report.
In early 2002 I was asked to integrate the Tracking System with the accounts systems. This involved using Sage Data Objects to create purchase orders and sales invoices in the Sage Database.
In addition to the Tracking System, I designed a similar project for the laboratories at PathLore to track the specimens as they are processed and tested by the labs.

Fairfield relocated to Nottingham in early 2003, and I was made redundant.

January 1996 - March 2001, Serverware Group plc, London.
Software Developer / Webmaster

ENTERPRISE CONFIGURATION MANAGER, JANUARY 1998 - MARCH 2001
In late 1997 I began working with Visual Basic. When Serverware began work on it's "Enterprise Configuration Manager" (ECM) product (now owned by Configuresoft, Inc.), I wrote the Visual Basic components. The ECM "Configuration" program allows users to change the settings that will be used by the other components. These are written to a SQL Server database. The ECM Console is used to read the data collected by other components from various SQL Server tables, and to communicate with these components via DCOM. We used Visual Basic for the GUIs, as it allows rapid, flexible development, C++ for the data collection components and used Visual Source Safe for code sharing. In addition to coding and pre-QA testing, I was responsible for second-line support of the product. I recently experimented with VB "Web Classes" to possibly supplement / replace the ECM HTML console, which had been written by a colleague.
I spent approximately four months working in Colorado with Configuresoft, following their acquisition of ECM.
Large users of ECM include Microsoft, Redmond, BP Group, Shell, Alliance & Leicester, Clifford Chance, Worldcom, and Glaxo Wellcome, now Glaxo, Smith, Kline.

Following a company reorganisation, Serverware no longer required a development staff and I was made redundant.

SENTRY HTML MONITOR, MARCH 1997 - JANUARY 1998
In March 1997 I started work on the HTML Monitor for "SeNTry" (Serverware's flagship product at the time, now named "One Point Operations Manager" owned by Mission Critical Software, Inc.) using ASP to extract data from SQL Server tables. I originally designed the monitor around Microsoft's IDC/HTX technology, then switched to ASP as it allowed more control of the data retrieval process.
Large users of SeNTry include Exxon Corp., Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland (NatWest) , the U.S. Department of Defense, and Microsoft, Redmond's MSN and ITG divisions.
The title to SeNTry was purchased from Serverware Group by Mission Critical, Inc, now known as NetIQ. NetIQ developed SeNTry further and the title to the product was purchased by Microsoft for $75 million in the Autumn of 2000.

WEB DESIGN & MAINTENANCE, JANUARY 1996 - MARCH 1997
I began working at Serverware designing and maintaining the company website, learning HTML and some JavaScript. During this period I redesigned the website a number of times, as new technology became available. I was also responsible for writing and maintaining the documentation for the SeNTry product.

Interests: Computing, listening to and writing music, reading, driving, crossword puzzles and role-playing games (AD&D, Palladium - that kind of thing)
References: Peter Seldon (Managing Director & C.E.O., Serverware)
E-Mail: PeterS@Serverware.com

Dave Toms (Development Manager, Serverware Up To June 2000)
E-Mail: dave.toms@ntlworld.com

Dennis Moreau (Chief Technical Officer, Configuresoft)
E-Mail: Dennis.Moreau@Configuresoft.com


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