About Alistair Buckle

Alistair-BuckleI’m Alistair Buckle, a Senior LAMP Web Developer.

Or, to put it another way: “I build websites“.

The extended version of that is that I love working with people who want to make remarkable websites. Over the past seven years I’ve worked with talented designers, knowledgeable business people, and led teams of developers to good results.

My master’s degree (MSc) in Computer Science and understanding of programming, databases, design, styling, and user experience and their integration allows me to develop, to optimize, to diagnose and troubleshoot, and to deliver websites.

I enjoy problem solving: the harder the better! I love to learn so my attitude is to research wherever necessary, evaluate the approaches, and get stuck in and never give up. In this way I’ve earned the respect of colleagues because I’m never satisfied with “I don’t know” as an answer.

Personally, I enjoy learning about practically anything but especially anything related to computers and technology. I like to read about and discuss current affairs. I’m not bad at cooking! I watch good and bad films and treasure my collection of MST3K.

Technical and Specialised Skills

I develop websites using Eclipse (PDT), and Subversion for version control. I’m confident using Photoshop and Illustrator for design, but I usually work with designers to realise a client’s requirements.

I’m comfortable doing system administration in *nix at a shell, prefer KDE, and currently use CentOS as a desktop because of the association with RHEL.

  • Languages

    • PHP
    • CSS
    • JavaScript (AJAX, jQuery)
    • SQL
    • ActionScript
    • bash
    • Java
    • XML
  • Platforms

    • Unix (FreeBSD 4/5/6, Solaris 10, *nix)
    • Linux (CentOS; Red Hat Enterprize Linux 4/5; Ubuntu)
    • Windows (95/98/XP/Vista/7/Server)
  • Software

    • Apache
    • Eclipse
    • MySQL
    • WordPress
    • Joomla
    • XCache
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Flash
    • Dreamweaver
    • MS Office Suite (Access, Excel, Word)
  • Development tools

    • Eclipse (PDT)
    • *nix Command Line wizardry
    • Firefox, Firebug
    • Meld, diff
    • phpdoc
    • Quanta Plus
    • Subversion
  • System Administration

    • bash (including writing shell scripts)
    • cron
    • GNUplot
    • the three tops: (top, apachetop, mytop)
    • SSH
    • RPMs
    • up2date
    • vi, vim
    • yum
  • Website Optimisation

    • SEO audits and advice
    • Google Analytics
    • Google Webmaster Tools
    • Bing Webmaster Tools
    • Sitemaps (XML)
    • Usability and User Experience
    • Performance tuning and load time reduction

About this website

Here’s my article about the third version of agtb.net

Curriculum Vitae

My full Curriculum Vitae is available on request.