The End of an Era

Well, here we are. Three years at The University of Nottingham, and what do I have to show for it? Well, this is what:

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That's right! I have a recommendation for a first in Computer Science. It turns out both my supervisor and second marker were fond of my dissertation - Backtrac Backup System - and would like to see it used in a commercial setting. I also had my work sponsored by Servat Ltd., which went down very well with the powers that be.

I've enjoyed my time at university, but I'm ready to move on now. Or at least, I'd better be, after turning down a couple of very good offers for PhD studentships.

So what's next?

Why, I'm glad you asked! I'm currently working on a (secret) project with Marcus Whybrow, which will hopefully shape up to be something quite special. It is, of course, a Django project, and it's teaching us both about the finer details of developing and deploying a production system. There's a few posts in the pipeline about the things we've discovered this far, and we've hardly got going yet!

This time around, we've decided to go with a brand new web server all the cool kids are using: gunicorn. It's sitting behind an nginx reverse proxy, which also serves up the static media. Also, Fabric is shaping up to be a super time-saving tool, well worth writing about at some point in the near future.

So, well done to all those who have completed their degrees this year. I look forward to working with you in what people can't seem to stop calling the "real world".