Mike Thorpe

Amsterdam ·

Specialized in designing, implementing and maintaining web applications and websites together with the corresponding server management and hosting.

Also Apple-related software.

Usually my projects consist of web applications that use PHP in combination with MySQL, Javascript and Ajax.

I also have extensive experience in it writing Apple desktop applications and scripting solutions and with others technologies such as RFID telephone-server communication and XML.

While I like technical complexity and challenges; your wishes and demands are paramount. My goal is to translate your wishes into concrete solutions that will improve your business and a good return on investment yield.

A broad and long experience, dating back to the pre-internet era, makes me an ideal partner for converting older desktop applications to modern web applications and upgrading obsolete websites.

Experience

Web application developer

Dutch national newspaper

An intranet system for managing the distribution of a daily national (free) newspaper, with a large circulation and many distribution points.

Being a free newspaper, a key goal of this system is to minimize production costs by optimizing the daily distribution, making use of data collected in real time during the nightly distribution via RFID-tags and mobile telephones.

The system also provides valuable statistical and management information.

2009 – Present

Web Developer

Dutch commercial photograher

A multilingual website with a searchable database of more than 120,000 professional photos, with advance search and ordering facilities.

A unique feature of this site (as compared to general stock photo sites) is the ability to perform well structures searches in the user's own language.

2011 - 2013

Application developer

Patent office

A complete integrated business system holding information on clients and their patents and patent applications, as well as the managing the company's entire work flow.

Extensive facilities for tracking the important dates associated with patents and patent applications.

Web application for composing actual patent applications.

Facilities for automating and validating the processing the large number of documents associated with patents and their applications.

2005 - 2017

Scripting and Mac OS apps

Filemaker developer

Initially AppleScripts and later custom applications for synchronizing information between Filemaker databases and the Mac's Address Book and iCal calendar programs.

2006 - 2008

Mac OS app

Mac translation application

A MacOS Cocoa application to automate the translation of technical (patent) texts from English to Dutch, and vice-versa.

2004 - 2006

Multimedia presentation

Dutch museum for architecture and social housing

Design and implementation of multimedia presentations using self-written presentation software. All material was multi-lingual (5 languages), sub-title provided in the language of choice for film clips.

The exhibition was originally indented to run for year, running on 7 original i-Mac's, but due to it's popularity and success, continued until 2010.

A novel innovation (at that time!) was the facility to compose and send an email of a museum's visitor, complete with photo portrait, set against the background of the museum's telephone booth. This served as an effective promotional tool.

2001

Education

University of Newcastel upon Type

Bachelor of Science
Computing Science

1974

September 1974 - June 1977

Skills

Work areas
  • Websites and back-office systems based on PHP, MySQL, jQuery and Bootstrap.
  • Apple desktop applications.
  • Applescript.
  • Linux server administration.
  • VPS administration
Programming Languages & Tools
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Javascript
  • Jquery

Interests

A keen distance runner, often taking part in Marathons and shorter distance races.

Amateur pianist, with a passion for Scarlatti and Barouque music.