Conceptric

Web Application Development

James Whinfrey

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I’m James Whinfrey and this is Conceptric, my home on the Web. I bought this domain many years ago to attach to me personal blog. Needly to say, it went through several iterations, and the time has come for another.

Most of the posts from my original blog have been removed and have no intention of returning it. There comes a time when content needs to be retired. So, I considered refocusing the [blog] on my computing and software development projects, but I’ve got to admit that it’s not come to much yet.

I’m a freelance developer, that much you already know if you’ve seen the home page. Though I trained in Java technologies, most or my recent work has been based on Ruby frameworks, and a growing interest in scientific Python.

As a Chartered Engineer it might not be too surprising that I’m deeply interested in the scientific applications of my code. I spent significant amounts of my early career processing test rig data, running fluid dynamic simulations, or examining the modal frequencies of turbine blades.

But the focus of my personal scientific interests are in astronomy these days. I’m a keen amateur astronomer, but strangely enough, my personal time under the skies is strictly off limits to computing equipment: I’m and analogue astronomer.

I’m also a user of robotic telescopes for scientific work – photometry mainly – and a miner of the vast repositories of professional data on the web. This is the kind of work where Python comes in very handy.

I’m heavily involved in, and a past Secretary of, my local astronomy society, the Northamptonshire Natural History Society. I frequently participate in our outreach events for schools and scouting organisations.

I’ve been the web administrator for the Webb Deep-Sky Society for the last few years.

My only activity on social media these days is on behalf of the Webb Society. I have to admit that I’ve kinda lost interest personally, but I’m always happy to talk to anyone about astronomy or old fashioned photography.