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Howdy! I'm a software developer; I work for TotallyMoney as a front-end / native app software developer, primarily using React and React Native. I live in West London, and completed my degree in Computer Science from Brunel University London in July 2017.

While most of my time is spent in front of a laptop, I try to get away when I can; I'm a keen amateur runner (since July 2017), and hope to start competing in some 10k races soon. Also, I'm a committed Christian and attend Crown Church. Head on over to the About page to find out more.

Articles

Assortment of coding, design, and life

Welcome!

This is my new website, where I'm going to try and blog at least once every fortnight; maybe a tutorial about something I've learnt over the past couple of weeks, or a book review of a book (technical or not) I've read recently. I'll also report back on any conferences, meetups or other groups I attend.

I may also post stuff I find interesting on the internet, in the format of a linked list (think Daring Fireball).

This website is very much a v0.0.1, I have a lot I need to do on it, but I think I've made a pretty good start. If you'd like to view the source, I've made it publically available here.

Thanks for reading!

Tom Oakley

Projects

Stuff I've worked on which I'm proud of

Veritas Connection Centre

VeritasJul - Nov 2017

VCC is an application to make it possible for people to add their own connection sources to Information Map. Currently, there are over 20 connectors added by Veritas, but in the future, it will be possible for people to define their own without any external input from Veritas.

I joined Veritas mid-way through the project and worked on the front-end of the application, which is written using JavaScript framework Angular.

GetActive London

iminOct 2015 - Jun 2017

GetActive aims to get people more active by showing data from multiple providers and allowing easy, one-click booking. It uses data from imin, who also built it on behalf of London Sport; imin are a data aggregator for physical activity, pulling in data from organisers including British Cycling, Playwaze, Goodgym, OurParks and GLL.

My role in the development was the initial creation of the interface (I joined imin in October 2015, when there wasn't even a GetActive repo in the source control). I had responsibility for the front-end CSS and JavaScript (it was built on React.js), much of which still exists in the codebase today.

Books

Books I am reading or have read

The People vs. Tech

Jamie Bartlett

  • Nov - Dec 2018
  • 5
  • technology, politics, democracy, future
People vs Tech cover

I found it fascinating how Bartlett spoke about the dark side of technology and how it will affect politics in the future. He had a section on how the Donald Trump presidential campaign used Cambridge Analytica to devastating effects. He also has two theories on how the future will pan out - one utopian vision, where machines will take jobs but goods will get much cheaper and quality of life will improve, with universal income becoming the method of income for most people. The other is the dystopian vision; governments will loose the ability to function properly, and as government gets increasingly in-effective and cryptocurrencies continue their rise, tax evasion will get far harder to track, and this will create a viscious cycle of governments who need funds to operate but the poor quality of the government will mean people are far less willing to pay taxes.

Overall I really enjoyed this book; Bartlett included lots of attributes to other authors and books, so many of them, including Atlas Shrugged, Life 3.0 and Present Shock have been added to my Amazon Wishlist for future reading.

Amazon →
  • Sep - Oct 2018
  • 5
  • christianity, religion, bible, truth

Qureshi was (he very sadly died from cancer in 2017) a former Muslim who converted to Christianity through the never-ending efforts of his friend, David Wood, to argue and reason with him about the differences between the two faiths. Together, they studied both the Bible and Quran to understand their historical and religious claims. Slowly, Qureshi realised that only the Bible was backed up by true historical evidence and that Jesus died, was who He said He was, and could save us from our eternal seperation from God.

I loved this book; it completely opened my eyes to some of the Muslim claims about Jesus and why they make those claims. Qureshi makes it clear that this isn't an auto-biography but a teaching tool, and the book is very much written in this way, with each chapter taking on a different aspect of the argument.

I am highly looking forward to reading Qureshi's second book, No God but One.

I also recommend you go and watch both Qureshi's testimony and David Wood's testimony, too.

Amazon →
  • Sep 2018
  • 4
  • technology, entrepreneur, startups
Amazon →
[Ed: Hi - if you like my book reviews, I have an Amazon Wishlist full of books; go there to find out what I'll be reading in the future! I'd be absolutely honoured if you wanted to buy me something off that list (but I'm not expecting that from anyone in the slightest). Thanks!]